FAA awards $4.4M in drone research grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it had granted $4.4 million in drone research, education, and training grants to seven U.S. universities.

The drone research will focus on electromagnetic compatibility, detecting and avoiding classifications, and cybersecurity oversight…

The University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, and Drexel University will split nearly $1 million to evaluate electromagnetic compatibility – assessing the risks, design vulnerabilities, and other guidance for safer electromagnetic compatibility with emitted and static fields.

Four universities will split more than $1.5 million – The Ohio State University ($732,441); Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ($371,000), Mississippi State University ($330,000), and the University of North Dakota ($80,000) – to study Detect and Avoid Track Classification and Filtering.