University's NAASIC helping Nevada lead the way in drone testing

Apr 5, 2016

Kevin Carman (left) visits with Warren "Bum" Rapp in the KUNR studios.
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The subject of drones is a hot topic in the news, and Nevada is a hotbed of activity.

With the Silver State selected as one of just six U.S. drone-testing sites—and the only site chosen as an entire state and not just a single location—the university is a catalyst and collaborator for developing drones and other advanced autonomous systems.

Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs) were a topic of discussion on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines, with Provost Kevin Carman and USAF Lt. Col. (ret.) Warren "Bum" Rapp, business director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC). (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date: 4-1-16.)

NAASIC, the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center, is located in downtown Reno at the Nevada Innevation Center. NAASIC is the university's robotics and intelligent systems collaboration with industry, helping bring more companies to Nevada and to work with them to research and develop new innovative systems with scientists and engineers at the University. 

More about the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC)

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