Teamwork for UAS Excellence

The ASSURE team consists of 20 leading universities that offer unmatched research personnel, capabilities, facilities and capacity in more than 200 locations across 16 states and nine countries.

Wichita State University is a member of the new center known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which will play a key role in helping the FAA develop rules regulating commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). ASSURE, which will be led by Mississippi State University, will provide the FAA and industry with research to maximize the potential of commercial unmanned systems with minimal changes to the current system regulating manned aircraft.

Congress appropriated $5 million for the five-year agreement with the center, which will be matched one-for-one by the team members. The FAA expects the center will be able to begin research by September 2015 and be fully operational and engaged in a robust research agenda by January 2016.

Wichita State and its National Institute for Aviation Research have performed UAS research and testing in many areas, including low-speed aerodynamics testing for the Boeing Scan Eagle Compressed Carriage and the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb; Full-Scale Structural static testing on the Boeing UCAS; and human factors evaluation of operator stations for General Atomics. Additional areas of expertise include material properties, susceptibility to environmental factors, computational analysis and advanced coatings applications.

This alliance features expertise across a broad spectrum of research areas, including:

  • Air traffic control interoperability
  • UAS airport ground operations
  • Command and control communications
  • Detect and avoid
  • Human factors
  • UAS noise reduction
  • UAS wake signatures
  • Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Training and Pilot Certification
  • Low altitude operations safety
  • Spectrum management
  • UAS traffic management

Additionally, the coalition features among its members:

  • Two FAA UAS test sites
  • Three FAA research centers
  • 5 airfields
  • 80+ UAS fleet

A coalition of multi-disciplinary partners working together to achieve exceptional results as unmanned aircraft systems take flight in the domestic airspace.

The Core Team is as follows:

The Affiliate Team is as follows:

ASSURE possesses the expertise, infrastructure and outstanding track record of success that the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems demands. To learn more, please contact:

Tom Aldag
Director of Research & Development
(316) 978-5326

Wichita State University
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