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62 unmanned systems inside   September/October 2015 AIR RESEARCH Dynamics, Amazon Prime Air, Kongsberg, L3 Unmanned Systems, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky and Trimble. The partners are expected to contribute funds, of course, but also their technology and exper- tise—something that can be of great benefit to all parties. If, for example, a firm submits equip- ment for experimentation, say a sensor for detect and avoid, the research will give them insight into its integration and performance, explained Paul Lindseth, associate dean of the John D Ode- gard School of Aerospace Science at University of North Dakota. Moreover, the results of such a study could help frame the FAA's decisions on detect and avoid. This approach is typical of the way Centers of Excellence are structured, said Lindseth, who is his school's principal investigator for the ASSURE team. "It's basically a combination effort between the FAA and the universities and the corporate sponsors," Lindseth explained, with most com- panies contributing their knowledge and skills to the project. "That's the way the centers of excel- lence have always been set up." Lindseth stressed that COE researchers are in- dependent. While the firms may provide input, he said, they do not control the findings. That is an advantage, said John Langford, chairman and CEO of ASSURE partner Aurora Flight Sciences. "I think the Center of Excellence will help by providing an objective view on some of the more controversial questions." Broad Beneft Another big advantage of doing research through a Center of Excellence, suggested Langford, is that the results are widely distributed. "Very little of the unmanned research done so far by NASA and the FAA has been pushed out into the broader community, especially the research community," Langford told Inside Unmanned Systems. "And you know that the way most aero- nautical R&D has really happened in this country over the last hundred years is through a coalition of government, university and industry partner- ships. That's been kind of missing on the UAV (Un- manned Aerial Vehicle) side and ASSURE is going to restore the balance into the system that's been so successful over the last hundred years." "The data that we collect will almost universal- ly be made public," confirmed Poss. "The whole idea is to get the nation comfortable with flying new UAS in our national airspace, backed up by well thought out research data that proves every one of the rules that the FAA is coming up with for unmanned." Formal research papers will be published once they are vetted, he said, and ASSURE members will be speaking at technical conferences. AS- Embry Riddle Embry Riddle " I think the Center of Excellence will help by providing an objective view on some of the more controversial questions." –John Langford, chairman and CEO of ASSURE partner Aurora Flight Sciences

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