Huntsville, Ala., Jan. 8, 2014—Camber Corporation is proud to be a part of aviation history as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The test sites will facilitate testing and research of UAS technologies to provide scientific data on the future integration of these aircraft safely with other air traffic. Congress mandated that the UAS be integrated into the national airspace by 2015. One of the main research goals is finding the safest methods for unmanned planes to sense other aircraft and take measures to avoid collisions.
The UAS market is one of Camber’s strategic high growth areas. Camber feels it is an honor to have been selected by A&M-Corpus Christi to help support them in developing solutions so critical to our Nation. Camber’s partnership with A&M-Corpus Christi and the support in the State of Texas is one of their proudest accomplishments. Camber Corporation looks forward to furthering our relationships and in increasing our presence in this great State.
Camber responsibilities under contract with A&M-Corpus Christi include the roles of:
Lead Systems Integrator and Technical Lead
Systems Engineering and Integration
Range Planning and Mission Execution Support including Business Development
Range Infrastructure Planning-Design-Implementation
Systems Integration-Test and Operation (Live-Virtual-Constructive Modeling and Simulation infrastructure support in support of all Lone Star Test Range operations) Including interaction with NASA and key government entities
Flight Operations Support
Flight Test Planning and Range Safety Concept of Operations development
Range Research and Development and Analysis Support
Selection and Management of all proposed subcontractors and Subject Matter Experts
Development of key FAA required documentation
This historic decision will have significant financial implications for the entire state of Texas, especially South Texas. The Association of Unmanned Vehicles International published an economic impact study in March projecting, once airspace is opened to UAS, the economic impact would be about $8 billion statewide, and $260 million in South Texas over the next 10 years; creating about 1,200 jobs.