FAA awards USD 7.5m in unmanned aircraft system 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 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.