The collaboration will cover safety services testing, algorithm development and pilot training

PrecisionHawk and Indiana State University have signed a research and development partnership that aims to advance the unmanned aerial systems industry from multidisciplinary perspectives. The university-business collaboration will focus on safety, education, training and algorithm development for PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper aerial data software.

“PrecisionHawk is a strategic partner for Indiana State,” said Robert English, dean of Indiana State’s College of Technology. “Together we make a strong team in research and development of flight crew training, UAS applications, and data analysis. We see this collaboration as a foundation for the future of our students, the state of Indiana and the nation.”

“Our longstanding relationship with Indiana State University creates the perfect environment to explore the next frontier in aviation and beyond line of sight drone operations,” said Patrick Lohman, vice president of partnerships at PrecisionHawk. “PrecisionHawk is fortunate to boast a number of ISU alumni on its team, and we look forward to enhanced collaboration around our data and safety initiatives.”

The partnership will explore and pursue the following areas of interest:

  • Airspace deconfliction
  • Advanced mission planning algorithm development
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Opportunities within PrecisionHawk safety initiatives, including LATAS, its low altitude traffic and airspace service platform.
  • Development of analytics clusters and full-spectrum analytics support

“Indiana State is proud to be stepping forward with PrecisionHawk in this partnership to further the applications of unmanned systems,” said Richard Baker, associate professor and chair of the aviation technology department and director of the university’s unmanned systems initiative. “We will work to strategically address issues across the entire spectrum of data collection, analytics, and safety for unmanned aerial systems.”

The university will provide access to airspace, indoor flight facilities, unmanned aerial vehicles and flight crews. PrecisionHawk will provide access to its software platform, DataMapper, algorithm licenses, desktop orthomosaic processing and the ability to test its safety services platform, LATAS.


About PrecisionHawk Inc.

PrecisionHawk is a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company founded in 2010. The company provides an end-to-end platform using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for data collection and analysis, software tools to provide better business intelligence to clients across a wide range of civilian industries. PrecisionHawk also owns drone data software, DataMapper, satellite imagery provider, Terraserver, and the Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety platform, LATAS. PrecisionHawk currently holds a contract with the FAA to test technology solutions for drone flight outside line of site. A privately held company PrecisionHawk’s investors include Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Bob Young, and the Indiana University’s Innovate Indiana Fund. More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.

About Indiana State University

Indiana State University combines a tradition of strong undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on community and public service. Serving more than 13,500 students and offering more than 100 areas of study in five academic colleges, Indiana State integrates teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens for Indiana and the world.