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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.

NMSU UAS Flight Test Center conducts eBee airworthiness assessment


The SenseFly eBee unmanned aircraft system recently completed an airworthiness assessment, an Federal Aviation Administration-accepted public aircraft process, at the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center. 
 

This is a photo of the eBee unmanned aircraft system.
The SenseFly eBee unmanned aircraft system recently completed an airworthiness test at the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center. (Courtesy photo by Zachary Aaron Balge)
A man prepares to launch an unmanned aircraft.
Zachary Balge launches the eBee unmanned aircraft system during airworthiness assessments at the NMSU PSL UAS Flight Test Center. (Courtesy photo by Baptiste Tripard)

The eBee is now being flown under the NMSU FAA Certificate of Authorization to develop safety of flight procedures for mapping extractive industry projects such as open pit mining and oil and gas operations. 

The NMSU Flight Test Center is performing research with NewFields Aviation & Robotics Services to develop procedures enabling unmanned aircraft systems to collect and provide high-resolution remote sensing data to enhance the safe and efficient operation within the extractive industry sector.

The SenseFly eBee unmanned aircraft system, which has both extensive field flight experience in Europe and with U.S. public entities for disaster relief and infrastructure operations, is the UAS selected by NewFields Aviation & Robotics Services.

“This research effort will enable the FAA to obtain and assess the data collected during these flights to establish validated procedures for the safe use of UAS for extractive industry applications,” said Dennis Zaklan, deputy director of the NMSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center.