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NASA, Texas A&M Branch Forge UAS Flight Data Agreement; Melanie Neely Willis Comments

IkhanaUASThe Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and NASA have inked an agreement to develop opportunities for Texas A&M researchers to access NASA’s information network and exchange unmanned aerial system flight data.

Under the new agreement with the NASA Ames Research Center, LSUASC will have the authority to monitor a space agency UAS flight in real time on a live map in LSUASC’s Mission Control Center, Texas A&M-UCC said Aug. 11.

NASA awarded LSUASC a contract to document and update information security practices and complete an Interconnection Security Agreement that sets the guidelines for links of information technology systems operated by two separate organizations.

“This new connection gives us the capability to pass live and simulated UAS data within NASA’s secure information network,” said Melanie Neely Willis, LSUASC assistant director.

The Island University’s Division of Information Technology assisted in the network updates and Lionel Cassin, information security officer, led the development of secure procedures for LSUASC.

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