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Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS)

Brigham Young University

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Michigan

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Our purpose is to provide innovative solutions to key technical challenges and superb training for future leaders in the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

Center Mission and Rationale

The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems was organized to bring together industry and university researchers to investigate fundamental technical challenges in the UAS industry that limit the widespread utilization of UAS technology in military, civil, and commercial applications.

Our main objectives are to

  • Work with industry partners to define and solve problems of primary importance to the UAS industry
  • Provide students with the world class cross-disciplinary UAS training that will allow them to become the next generation of technical leaders in the UAS field
  • Develop knowledge and intellectual property that will help industry members maintain their competitiveness in the global economy

Research program

C-UAS Purpose

The purpose of the center is to investigate and develop new algorithms, architectures, and operational procedures for unmanned aircraft systems. The center will contribute to the advancement of the UAS community through cutting-edge, industrially-relevant research at the center’s universities. Five main thrusts have been identified for research within C-UAS
•    Advanced autonomous capabilities for UAS
•    UAS-based communication networks
•    Multi-agent cooperative control of UAS
•    Human interfaces for UAS
•    UAS integration into the National Airspace System

Facilities and Laboratory

A core strength of the Center's research teams is their extensive experience in conducting flight test operations of small unmanned aircraft systems. Both BYU and CU own and operate a fleet of fixed-wing unmanned aircraft with wingspans ranging from 3 to 6 feet. Over the past ten years, BYU and CU have conducted hundreds of hours of flight tests with small UAS. With the addition of the Virginia Tech site, C-UAS has access to the diverse testing capabilities at the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.

Locations

Brigham Young University

435 Crabtree Technology Building

Provo, Utah, 84602

United States

University of Colorado Boulder

1111 Engineering Drive
Engineering Center, ECAE 181

Boulder, Colorado, 80309

United States

University of Michigan

1221 Beal Avenue

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-2102

United States

(734) 615-7456

Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Aerospace Engineering, MS 0150 Georgia Institute of Technology
270 Ferst Drive

Atlanta, Georgia, 30332-0150

United States

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Randolph Hall, RM 224-11, Virginia Tech
460 Old Turner St.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061

United States

(540) 231-8117