UAS in the News

K-State Salina names former US Air Force colonel as new UAS flight operations manager

The newest addition to the unmanned aircraft systems program at Kansas State University Salina is former U.S. Air Force Col. Kurt Carraway, who will serve as the flight operations manager. Carraway was in the Air Force for 25 years, with much of that time including a focus on UAS.

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Posted October 2014

The Future of Unmanned Flight

Known in the common tongue as drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems are the futuristic aircraft experiencing a worldwide boom in both the military and commercial sector. But the rising stars in the UAS story are much-needed technologies that will allow them to safely sense and avoid all obstacles.

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Posted May 2014

University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics invites K-State Salina department head to speak at ‘Innovations Series’

As interest in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) continues to grow and clarification is often needed about their capabilities, Kansas State University Salina proves once again why it’s a trusted source in the developing industry.

Kurt Barnhart, the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at K-State Salina and the aviation department head, was asked to be a featured speaker by the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics during their inaugural Innovations Series. 

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Posted March 2014

K-State Salina featured in agricultural piece on Iowa Public Television as experts in UAS

As interest and curiosity in unmanned aircrafts continue to grow, K-State Salina is once again at the forefront of the discussion. Iowa Public Television aired a segment on Jan. 3 and 5 on their weekly agra and business program, “Market to Market” highlighting K-State Salina as a leader in this emerging field.

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Posted January 2014

KCTV-5 News interviews Mark Blanks about how K-State's drone efforts could inspire Amazon

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Posted on December 2013

KAKE TV interviews Mark Blanks about how K-State Salina Students could help flyer unmanned aircraft for package delivery.

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Posted December 2013

Mark Blanks’ article “Unmanned aircraft: Agricultural applications and challenges” published in Progressive Forage Grower magazine

In recent months, articles on “drones,” properly termed as unmanned aircraft, are popping up in the media everywhere as a “revolutionary” new tool for producers, agronomists, seed distributors and others to use in their daily operations.

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Posted November 2013

Kansas Highlight UAS Use for Agriculture

Increasing Human Potential features K-State's UAS program and explains how flying aircraft can be beneficial in agriculture which could be used for crop monitoring, pest evaluation, rangeland assessment and seeing harmful algae blooms.

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Posted October 2013

FAA selects K-State Salina to test certification standards for unmanned aircraft systems

SALINA — The Federal Aviation Administration is turning to Kansas State University Salina to test certification standards for small unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS.  Under a memorandum of agreement signed by the university and the FAA on Aug. 29, K-State Salina will validate industry standards for small unmanned aircraft systems — systems typically weighing 55 pounds or less — set by the F38 technical committee of ASTM International. K-State Salina will use its own unmanned aircraft systems using the standards to apply for airworthiness certification.

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Posted October 2013

Unmanned "Unplugged" Interview with Mark Blanks

Increasing Human Potential interviews people who are leading the way in unmanned systems innovation. Mark Blanks, Kansas State University Salina, was featured Unmanned "Unplugged".

Posted September 2013


UAS Research highlighted in Precision Ag

Precision Ag highlighted research that Kansas State University Salina's Unmanned Aircraft Systems is working on in the article "Flight Plan for UAVs."

Posted September 2013


UAS on front cover of Ag Professional Magazine

Kansas State University Salina's Unmanned Aircraft Systems was the front cover photo of the Ag Professional Magazine and was featured in the article "The Buzz of the Future."

Posted August 2013


Second straight year: UAS Club places in Top 10 at international competition

SALINA — Kansas State University Salina's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club landed a Top 10 finish at the 11th annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aircraft Systems Competition at Webster Field, an annex of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

The club placed eighth out of 47 teams and earned $3,800 in prize money — which is an increase from last year. It was the team's second year at the competition. Read more

Posted July 2013