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The first UAS Flight Test Center was created between the FAA and NMSU in 2008. This site was added to the six congressionally directed sites that were later selected in 2013.

WSPG:  Dr. George Gardiner and the White Sands Project

Gardiner.jpgDr. George W. Gardiner (pictured right) was Head of the Physics Department at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (NMA&M) when the letter below was written; it is the earliest known PSL related correspondence. 

Several months later, the College was brought into the Navy's missile programs by Dr. Wilbur H. Goss, who had been a Physics instructor under Dr. Gardiner.  Dr. Goss was granted a leave of absence from the College in 1942 to assist in the war effort, and he became involved in the Bumblebee project at the Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).  Dr. Goss apparently wrote to Dr. Gardiner and to President Hugh Milton on March 23, 1946, concerning the possibility of a contract to research the various problems in missile development and/or upper atmosphere physics.