Island University part of first-ever flight of 22 drones testing NASA’s air traffic management research platform

Share The test included up to 24 UAS that were remotely flown simultaneously at six FAA UAS test sites around the country. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Photo Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center participated in the largest test yet of NASA’s UAS traffic management (UTM) research platform, on Tuesday, April 19. The test included up to 24 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, that were remotely flown simultaneously at six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites around the country. In Texas, at Port Mansfield, about two hours south of Corpus Christi, four UAS took flight at 11 a.m. The three quad-copters and one small fixed-wing aircraft launched and landed at the regional airport. “We had a series of operational flights at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 1:30 p.m.,” said Jerry Hendrix, Lone Star UAS Center’s executive director. “All four times we did have aircraft in the air. And we had a report that there were 22 in the air simultaneously, so we consider it a success.”

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