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Counter UAS Center of Excellence (CUAS CoE)

Current expertise in drone technologies across the domain space demonstrate a need for comprehensive counter UAS capabilities. The CUAS CoE at OSU has been designated as the lead entity to coordinate counter UAS research in support of national needs. The CUAS CoE works closely with the Joint Force CUAS University now located at Ft. Sill and coordinates with industry to evaluate vendor technology, which includes establishing the requirements and evaluation criteria for UAS threats and detect, identify and defeat solutions.

LaunchPad Research Center

The Launchpad Research Center supports advanced air mobility (AAM) research & entrepreneurship. Leveraging an $18M EDA Grant win in collaboration with Tulsa Innovation Lab (TIL) and the Osage Nation, OSU has committed $10M in support for faculty, research engineers, and technologies to establish the Launchpad and the Skyway Range. This provides unique national capabilities focusing on the gap in commercialization and opportunity to build stronger partnerships with industry and entrepreneurs.


Skyway Range

Skyway Range Map


Proposed range map, which is currently under development with a 114-nautical mile circumference.

Specialized testing through waiver process with experts to assist in obtaining waivers and flight coordination. On-site assistance with SMEs from LaunchPad for system
development ground testing, and flight.

Nodes 1, 2, and 4 are currently open for operations under Part 107 rules and Leg 1 is open for EVLOS operations with waiver coordination.


Previous flight testing within the range has included waivers for specialized uncrewed systems to over 10,000 feet AGL.

Node 1: Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station (UAFS) with runway and hangar
Node 2: Center for Forensic Explosives (CENFEX) with ordnance and explosives
Node 3: North Range with low-risk airspace due to low population and Osage Nation
land ownership
Node 4: Skyway 36 Drone Port

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