RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS)

Facilitating Ohio's leadership in unmanned aerial systems

UDRI’s Center for UAS Exploitation (CUE) supports multi-disciplinary collaboration between a wide spectrum of government, industry, and academic partners with the strategic objective of elevating Ohio to national prominence in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the defense and commercial markets. The CUE’s mission is to meet increasing demand for sensor and payload integration, systems analysis, and flight demonstration and test of unmanned aerial systems.

The CUE consists of seven work centers outfitted with state-of-the art equipment:

  • Communication Systems
  • Power and Propulsion
  • Onboard Sensing and Computing
  • Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication
  • Software Development
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control Systems

The CUE was established in September 2009 under a grant from the Ohio Third Frontier program and is co-located with the Air Force Research Laboratory Center for Rapid Product Development at the Wright Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Works facility. The CUE began operations in September 2010 and is headed by Richard P. Scudder.

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Top: The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) flies for the first time at sea after launching from the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).The Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine)

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