The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) serves as the Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for UAS Research. ASSURE, led by Mississippi State University, is comprised of twenty-three of the world's leading research institutions and more than a hundred leading industry/government partners all working to provide the Federal Aviation Administration the research they need to quickly, safely and efficiently integrate unmanned aerial systems into our National Airspace System.
The Mississippi State University ASSURE Research & Development Corporation (ARDC) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with Mississippi State University. The ARDC was created to take advantage of opportunities of applied research and development, promote economic development and while focusing on the needs of its clients in government and industry.
Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory was chosen to lead this effort in partnership with the Mississippi National Guard’s Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, the Mississippi Air National Guard’s Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, NASA’s Stennis Space Center, the Jackson County Port Authority, and the Hancock Country Port and Harbor Commission. The DHS UAS Demonstration Range leverages over 2,000 square miles of Mississippi’s restricted and warning airspace at altitudes up to 60,000 ft.
The Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) of Mississippi State University provides extensive small-UAS capabilities in remote sensing computational technologies, visualization techniques, precision agriculture and natural resource management and the transition of these into operational agency research, planning and decision-support programs.
The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), led by Mississippi State University, is a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute focused on filling priority gaps and reducing limitations in current Northern Gulf of Mexico awareness, understanding and decision support. Researchers with Mississippi State and NOAA are currently mapping the Pearl River with small-UAS to better understand water flow and communicty impacts during hurricane events.
The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL) is a premier manned and unmanned aviation research facility. In unmanned aviation, RFRL focusses on the design, development and use of large UAS – generally for long, complex missions. RFRL provides unmatched RDT&E, technology development and incubation capability for these larger, long-endurance UAS including aircraft design and fabrication, ground and flight test, and production methods.