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Physical Science Laboratory

Technical Analysis and Applications Center


The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) was established in 1999 with the mission to promote safe integration of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS). In order for a UAS to be flown in the USA outside of military airspace, a certificate of authorization (COA) or an experimental airworthiness certificate must be issued by the FAA; COAs have been obtained by New Mexico State University to operate the Aerostar and Orbiter UAS and the TAAC conducts flight operations within restricted airspace. The TAAC has been involved in the testing of various UAS platforms and has produced a certification roadmap that is serving as a framework for UAS certification.

The TAAC is a one-stop shop for:

  • Critical technologies testing
  • Planning for routine flight operations
  • Certification, regulatory, research and validation
  • Planning for worldwide operations

The Unmanned Systems and Operations Validation Program (USOVP), a unique and dedicated program for operational and performance evaluation of UAS, has been in place since 2003. In addition, a joint regional UAV Test and Evaluation Center (UTEC) has been formed to help promote regional UAS capabilities. UTEC consists of PSL, the 46th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range.

We also can provide training for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators, payload operators, and maintainers. Our focus is on mid to small sized UAV's. We can develop a training program to fit your needs. For more information on the next training class, contact UAVTRAINING.