US: The University of North Dakota (UND) has confirmed it will be among those contending to be part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center for Excellence project, which will study challenges surrounding the integration of unmanned systems into commercial airspace.
FAA is reportedly focussing its attention on coming up with a Center of Excellence after all its six UAS testing sites became operational. The center’s creation was mandated by Congress, which also is requiring the FAA to integrate unmanned aircraft into commercial airspace by 2015.
According to FAA, the selected applicant would gain access to a minimum of $500,000 in research money each year for at least the next 10 years.
Mike Corcoran, UAS course manager for UND said, "UND, at least 14 other universities and numerous industry partners will be submitting an application together as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS Through Research Excellence (ASSURE).
The Center of Excellence applications are due to the FAA by Sept. 15. The ASSURE group will meet next week to finalize documents for its submission.
Source: Prairie Business