OSUís Unmanned Systems Research Institute addresses drone challengesPublished: Thursday, June 6, 2019 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK
Dozens of drones-in-development occupy benches in the design laboratory at Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute. Drones with fixed wings that fly like an airplane. Drones with rotors that hover like a helicopter. Drones with tiny jet engines.
Jamey Jacob was surrounded by drone projects engineered by OSU students as he discussed the work of the institute recently at its headquarters in far north Stillwater. I was there with colleagues from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) to learn about the mission of OSU’s drone research from Jacob, director of the institute.
The institute was founded in 2015 to capitalize on the expertise of OSU’s aerospace engineering program, Jacob said. OSU launched its unmanned aerial vehicle program in the late 1990s under the guidance of OSU professor Andrew Arena, and since then aerospace engineering has emerged as one of the university’s most popular degree programs.