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Hart­man. “One of the things re­quired to be able to op­er­ate any air­craft within the Na­tional Airspace Sys­tem is to have a cer­ti­fied air­craft. We're go­ing to be do­ing re­search in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Raspet and Mis­sis­sippi State along with the FAA AS­SURE pro­gram to de­fine what it means to cer­tify an un­manned air­craft.”

Hart­man said while In­situ had been man­u­fac­tur­ing UAS for more than 20 years, cer­ti­fy­ing the air­craft was a new ter­ri­tory, par­tic­u­larly for the com­pany's civil­ian mod­els.

“The num­ber of hours we've ac­tu­ally flown in sup­port of com­mer­cial cus­tomers in the Na­tional Airspace Sys­tem is very few,” Hart­man said. “We're just right at the front edge of in­tro­duc­ing un­manned air­craft into the com­mer­cial mar­ket space.”

Com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions In­situ air­craft have been used for in­clude dis­as­ter re­cov­ery, fire­fight­ing as­sis­tance and mon­i­tor­ing rail­way sys­tems.

Hart­man said In­situ had been in con­tact with MSU's pro­grams for close to two years prior to opening an of­fice in Starkville.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with In­situ as a univer­sity is to strengthen their abil­ity to do in­no­va­tive re­search in a very quick turn time en­vi­ron­ment to sup­port ap­pli­ca­tions to help peo­ple to­day,” said Raspet Flight Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory Di­rec­tor Dal­las Brooks.

Brooks said he saw some ways In­situ and MSU UAS tech­nolo­gies could be paired to­gether, in­clud­ing eval­u­a­tions and new soft­ware.

“There's a tremen­dous amount of touch points be­tween In­situ and Mis­sis­sippi State that we're go­ing too grow to­gether over the next few years,” Brooks said.

GSDP Pres­i­dent and CEO Scott May­nard said In­situ's new of­fice was an ex­am­ple of strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the city of Starkville, MSU, Ok­tibbeha County and the GSDP.

“One of the things I think they bring to the ta­ble is an op­por­tu­nity for our com­mu­nity to be in­volved with a com­pany that is on the fore­front of the next gen­er­a­tion of avi­a­tion re­search,” May­nard said. “With un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, there are so many dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions that they can work with.”

In­situ is head­quar­tered in Bin­gen, Wash­ing­ton and has of­fices lo­cated in Hood River, Ore­gon, San Ma­teo, Cal­i­for­nia, Costa Mesa, Cal­i­for­nia, Ox­ford, Eng­land and Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

(Photo by Char­lie Ben­ton, SDN)

In­situ Pres­i­dent and CEO Ryan Hart­man cuts the rib­bon for the UAS firm's new fa­cil­ity at the MSU Thad Cochran Re­search, De­vel­op­ment and Tech­nol­ogy Park Tues­day. From left to right, stand­ing, In­situ Se­nior Man­ager for Com­mer­cial Avi­a­tion Charl­ton Evans, MSU Re­search Park Di­rec­tor Mark McGee. Mis­sis­sippi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Glenn McCul­logh, Sen. Thad Cochran staffer Chris Richard­son, In­situ Pres­i­dent and CEO Ryan Hart­man, Raspet Di­rec­tor Dal­las Brooks, GSDP Pres­i­dent and CEO Scott May­nard. Kneel­ing, In­situ Com­mer­cial Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Bau­man and In­situ UAS Train­ing Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Tony LaCorte.

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