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UAS Design Students Prepare for Takeoff

Graduate students in UAS work on their semester design projects.

Graduate students in UAS work on their semester design projects.


Talos was developed as part of IARPA’s Great Horned Owl (GHO) Program that seeks to develop technologies that significantly extend the operational endurance and payload capabilities of ISR UAVs. The anticipated innovations in this program is a propulsion system that will quietly generate electrical power from liquid hydrocarbon fuel (specifically gasoline or diesel) and enable purely electrically driven quiet flight.

Volunteer Student Flies For Fun While Tulsa Firefighters Are in Vicinity

Zac Zaloudek, with Oklahoma State University, launches by hand a styrofoam, radio controlled plane into the air during a drill  the Tulsa Fire Department and Oklahoma Task Force One at the Tulsa City vehicle driving course in east Tulsa.

When Tulsa firefighters respond to emergency calls in the near future, crews could be accompanied by unmanned drones.

Members of the Tulsa Fire Department gathered Wednesday to watch a demonstration of how the unmanned aircraft can work in concert with first responders on the ground to save lives.

OSU's Dr. Jamey Jacobs discusses uses and progression with UAV systems

Researchers at Oklahoma State University have gained nationwide attention for their efforts to design UAS to help study tornado formation and improve forecasting. This is just one of several projects led by Jamey Jacob, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the university. Dr. Jacob has worked on projects ranging from solar aircraft to UAS to be flown on Mars.

See the full article at Increasing Human Potential.

Soaring Above

OSU is the first university to set up a graduate program in unmanned aircraft systems.

Read or download the full-color article from IMPACT Magazine.

Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

by Rachel Hubbard

Oklahoma was hit particularly hard by two massive outbreaks this year in what's been another deadly season of tornadoes in the U.S. Despite technology and forecasting improvements, scientists still have plenty to learn about how and why tornadoes form.

Drones For Peace


Fire, cooked food, the wheel.

Nanoscale processors, agile sensors, ultra high speed computing, advanced materials, robust wi-fi systems and GPS.

Read the entire article at the Urban Tulsa Weekly.


OSU Students Developing Drones For Measuring Tornadoes

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Aerospace engineering students at Oklahoma State University are working to develop an unmanned storm penetrating plane that could give forecasters valuable information. For about a year, OSU students have been working on designs for an unmanned ...

Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma State University students design unmanned storm-chasing planes in Stillwater

A group of OSU students completed designs for an unmanned aircraft researchers say could help them better understand storms.

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Amid Disaster, Oklahoma Students Design Tornado Drones

Students at the Oklahoma State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering designed preliminary storm drones that could someday gather data that saves lives.

See the full story at Government Technology.