The U.S. Army's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Management Office (PM UAS) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to promote the development of the next generation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
(UAH President Dr. Robert Altenkirch and Col. Timothy Baxter, signing agreement. Photo, courtesy of Michael Mercier / UAH.)
Under the agreement, PM UAS and UAH will work together to develop more courses in the study of unmanned aircraft. UAH's Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) currently performs UAS research, one of the reasons why the university was selected for the new initiative.
"Universities see unmanned aircraft technologies as the way of the future and we are seeing more and more schools stand up programs for the research and development of unmanned systems," said Col. Baxter, PM UAS project manager. "This effort will allow the Army to further promote independent research and development at the university level and develop student interest in the Army's UAS program."
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