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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.

V-2 Rocket Testing Assisted by NMA&M Students

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A group of promising Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics students was hastily assembled to perform the work. 

Because it was to involve extensive use of trigonometric functions, math instructor Anna Gardiner (Dr. Gardiner's wife) was chosen as the group's supervisor. 

Among these students were Valina Bardwell Sears, Fred Ball, Jane Ball, Benjamin Billups, Charles Botkin, Joe Gold, Forrest Hughes, Gale Hungate, Art Maxwell, Robert Mitchell, Alton Jones, Dave Lukens, Ray Chavez, Fred Hinchey, and George Hackler. 

The original captured German six-place trigonometric tables were used to perform the calculations because they were superior to the four-place American tables.  One of Anna Gardiner's early projects was to have the students help produce eight-place trigonometric tables, which were then published by PSL.