FAA awards USD 7.5m in 19 UAS research grants to universities

US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding USD 7.5 million in research, education, and training grants to universities that make up the agency´s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the company said.

COE is also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).

This USD 7.5 million federal investment will fund university research on the safe integration of drones into our national airspace.

There are currently 1.65 million recreational and commercial drones in the active UAS fleet. That number is expected to grow to as high as 2.31 million by 2024. The grants are aimed at continuing and enhancing the safe and successful integration of drones into the nations airspace.

The following universities will receive grants:

Mississippi State University
University of Alaska
Kansas State University
New Mexico State University
University of Alabama, Huntsville
University of North Dakota
University of Kansas
The Ohio State University
Wichita State University
North Carolina State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Oregon State University lead University