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Friday, August 19, 2011

Amry Partners with Middle Tennessee State University for Nations Only Program

The university simultaneously announced plans for a Center for Unmanned Systems Operational Advancement and Research at MTSU, to be known as MT-CUSOAR. The new center will provide a collaborative environment for academic, industry and government entities to advance UAS operations and technology integration.

The pact is the first signed between a university and the Army UAS Program Office, which operates the largest unmanned fleet in America. Although the Army works with other universities on a contract basis, the collaboration with MTSU is unprecedented.

Unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” are demanding more attention in the aviation community. In addition to combat, unmanned aircraft potentially can be used to patrol domestic skies, survey land and crops, monitor forest fires and environmental conditions and perhaps even move cargo from city to city.

MTSU’s rapid expansion into the unmanned arena tracks industry growth. The new agreement adds to MTSU’s momentum in UAS study and research. MTSU also is working with the Federal Aviation Administration in its sweeping overhaul of the national airspace system through the Next Generation Air Transportation program as part of a 33-member, $1.4 billion team led by ITT Corp. The Army is Partnering with MTSU

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