Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research at Saint Louis University to Improve National Airspace System

May 31, 2012
Parks College News, Research

Saint Louis University purchases first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) simulator.

Through a partnership with SLU’s Center for Aviation Safety Research (CASR) and Williams Aerospace, the University will research and train industry on technologies that improve national defense, scientific research, disaster relief, public safety and technological development.

The simulator will be integrated with SLU’s current Adacel Air Traffic Simulation, allowing CASR to conduct FAA research on unmanned vehicle integration into the national airspace system. Simlat, Ltd. is providing SLU with a full-crew UAS Trainer – a highly advanced UAS training system. CASR will train operational and maintenance crews on unmanned aircraft systems design, maintenance and operations.

Taurus IWilliams Aerospace “Taurus” UAV

Acquisition of the aircraft and simulator enables SLU to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the University’s broad base of degree and research programs. Part of the partnership between CASR and Williams Aerospace is an internship opportunity for aviation students to work for Williams in their Honolulu, Hawaii facilities and be immersed in unmanned aircraft research.

“The main goal of CASR is to improve aviation safety. Through focused research on unmanned aircraft, CASR can analyze and enhance safety and further advance the use of this revolutionizing technology,” said Damon Lercel, program director of CASR.

About Williams Aerospace Incorporated

Williams Aerospace, Incorporated - Williams Aerospace is a privately held United States firm founded in 2002 with headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Williams is developing the next generation of intelligent vehicles and is leading the way in unmanned systems technologies such as Hybrid Propulsion, advanced UAV Design and Artificial Intelligence.  Williams also believes in the concept of “dual-use” products and promotes unmanned vehicles as a key technology for many commercial markets.  Currently Williams manufactures unmanned systems, integrates remote sensing technologies and provides turnkey solutions for government and corporate security needs. For more information please visit our website:

About Simlat Ltd.

Simlat Ltd. is a leading provider of next generation training solutions for unmanned vehicle systems and for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Based on extensive hand-on operational experience, Simlat is the right choice for training for every Platform, Payload and Mission. Simlat’s turnkey training solutions include SIGINT, EO/IR and SAR sensors in various operational configurations. Simlat’s systems are available as stand-alone or embedded/integrated to legacy control stations, as well as generic or customized solutions, and are in service in over 20 countries.

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