Indiana State University's Dr. Richard Baker just spoke on the academic panel. Here are the key points from his brief:
- ISU concentrates on education and training for UAS.
- ISU is about to role out a Bachelor of Science in unmanned systems.
- Indiana State plays the gatekeeper for commercial UAS.
- OH-IN has put together a bid for an FAA test site, and ISU is the academic lead for the FAA test site bid.
- ISU's UAS working with Oliver Winery. ISU using Dragonflyer in work with first responders.
- Agriculture and first responders are going to be the biggest areas for civilian UASs.
- The largest hurdle is to get people to accept UAS as a useful tool for the future. People are concerned about privacy. The biggest priority is to educate people on UAS usefulness.
- Indiana State University teaches an ethics course in their UAS program.
- On what you want to do but can't: The biggest thing is to move UAS out into the civilian airspace. We have a lot of restricted airspace in Indiana, but we need access to things like agriculture.