Kansas State University received a $2.76 million grant to help it develop mission planning, operations and a disaster training center for its Salina campus.
The grant, from the U.S. Air Force of Scientific Research in Arlington, Va., brings the awards for unmanned activity from the research center to $3.14 million.
The second phase of funding allows K-State to expand its program, officials say. The first phase is focused on developing processes and procedures for UAS evaluation for the Kansas National Guard. This funding provides the personnel and equipment to continue the mission.
Projects include developing autoflight capability, sensor integration for intelligence gathering, airport wildlife mitigation research and wireless power transmission research.
Part of the grant will be used for UAV platforms including an Aerosonde 4.7, a Wolverine 3 helicopter and other equipment for training and search and rescue.