The Auburn University Research Blog

Home » Energy and the Environment » Auburn University enhancing commerce and research through unmanned aircraft systems

Auburn University enhancing commerce and research through unmanned aircraft systems

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Learn More

To learn more about Auburn Research, visit: www.auburn.edu/research

To learn more about Auburn Speaks, visit: www.auburn.edu/auburnspeaks

Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are more than a passing hobby—Auburn University officials believe they could be a key component in the nation’s commerce and research.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers recently received a firsthand look at the potential when Auburn University Aviation Center officials demonstrated rotary-wing and fixed-wing unmanned aircraft, showing how they can be used in business and industry, as well as in research areas such as engineering, building science and agriculture.

“Auburn leads the nation in UAS technology, and I’m excited by the opportunities it will create for both Alabama and the nation,” Rogers said.

Earlier this year Auburn received the nation’s first FAA approval to operate a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight School as part of its Aviation Center. The FAA approval requires that operators of unmanned aircraft pass a written exam and a flying test, both of which Auburn will administer through its flight school.

“The potential is immense,” said Bill Hutto, Aviation Center director. “Unmanned aircraft systems can safely and efficiently inspect bridges and construction projects, conduct search-and-rescue operations and play a key role in precision agriculture.”

In agriculture, unmanned aircraft systems equipped with sensors, such as infrared cameras, can quickly and easily monitor the health of crops and work in conjunction with GPS-guided ground equipment that can deliver resources—water, pesticides and fertilizer—precisely where they are needed.

“Precision agriculture techniques can save time and money and increase yields and profits for agribusiness,” said Steve Taylor, head of Auburn’s Department of Biosystems Engineering. “These tools will have a major impact in many areas, not only for agricultural crops but also for better management of our forests.”

Auburn will conduct UAS flight training on campus and around the state for Auburn students and faculty, members of public agencies and the general public. Hands-on training covers basic flight maneuvers through obstacle courses, while classroom work covers the proper uses for unmanned aircraft, FAA rules and regulations and how to pursue FAA approval to fly commercially. The first class is tentatively set to begin later this month at Auburn.

The university has been involved in aviation education for more than 80 years and has been providing fight training for pilots for nearly 75 years. Auburn offers three aviation/aerospace degrees: aviation management, professional flight management and aerospace engineering.

More information is available on the Auburn University Aviation Center website at http://www.auburn.edu/aviationcenter.

Published: 08/11/2015

By: Charles Martin
Video by: Kevin Fichtner

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tags

#auburnresearch #auburnspeaks #auburnspeaks:theoilspillof2010 #auburnuniversity #dauphinisland #deepwaterhorizonoilspillresearch *AuburnOilSpillResearch Additive Manufacturing Admiral Michael Rogers Alabama Cyber Research Consortium Awarded National Science Foundation Grant Alabama Power and Interdisciplinary Research at Auburn University Alabama Power establishes interdisciplinary research institute at Auburn University in honor of Charles McCrary America's Innovation Deficit Antiviral APLU Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Auburn Auburn Cyber Research Center Auburn Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center Auburn Research Auburn Speaks Auburn University Auburn University Cyber Initiative Auburn University Food Systems Institute Auburn University Research Advisory Board Auburn University School of Nursing AUFSI augmented reality avian influenza Bioorganic Chemistry budding and grafting Charles D. McCrary Institute at Auburn University CICEP Cyber Cyber Defense Cyber Operations Cyber Security Ebola Economic Development Energy Environment Food Safety Food Systems Gary and Billie Jo Underwood GE Aviation Glo Germ Gulf of Mexico Health Higher Education Funding infectious disease training infectious disease treatment Information Assurance Infrastructure security InnovationDeficit Interdisciplinary Research Karen Hunley NASA National Security Agency natural resource conservation npr Nursing pecan and fruit nursery Pecan Industry poultry Radio Frequency Identification Research Universities RFID Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Jeff Sessions simulation STEM Stewart Schneller Transportation US Cyber Command whip grafting nursery stock
%d bloggers like this: