US Varsity launches unmanned systems research consortium

US Varsity launches unmanned systems research consortium

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US: The University of Kentucky has launched an Unmanned Systems Research Consortium (USRC) to advance unmanned aerial, ground and underwater systems, and to explore commercial applications for the technology in Kentucky.

The consortium includes affiliated faculty from the College of Engineering as well as a diversity of academic disciplines across campus, and it boasts a 1,200-s.f. laboratory with in-house manufacturing and access to high precision machining. Capabilities include custom platform design for payload requirements including remote piloted and fully autonomous control, electric, nitro-methane and gas propulsion systems, a unique mobile LiDAR 3D scanning truck that can rapidly capture high-quality, geo-registered 3‑D point cloud data at a large scale, multiple in-house options for 3D printing, PCB fabrication and rapid prototyping, complete composite fabrication from mold-making to custom carbon-fiber lay-ups, low-turbulence and custom wind tunnel test facilities, and commercial autopilots.

Source: Lanereport