- Flight Operations
- Applied Research
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Data Exploitation
- Institutional Policy Research and Public Policy Environment
The single greatest challenge to developments in domestic commercial UAS development for the United States has been identification of UAS in the air. To that end, UND has a full-fledged suite of researchers and a Federal Aviation Administration Test Site attempting to solve the challenges presented by so-called “Beyond Line of Sight” operations. Drs. Will Semke and Jim Higgins are developing advanced SWARM technology that would solve major challenges in detection. Similarly, Dr. Naima Kaabouch is leading the field in detection for non-cooperative airborne bodies, such as stealthed aircraft or small birds. These areas have immediate applicability towards developing major capabilities in counter-terror and counter-autonomy technologies.