Written by: 
Amanda Lyons
Photography by: 
Paul Slavonik

The UNT Advanced Air Mobility Test Facility opened this spring at Discovery Park, the largest research park in the North Texas region. With a sprawling 36,000 square feet, the drone research facility is the largest of its kind in the state and one of the biggest nationally. Drone facility users can analyze unmanned aerial vehicle technology, examining how specific maneuvers impact performance, exploring safety measures like collision avoidance, and testing communication between UAVs and stationary receivers on the ground or autonomous ground vehicles. "Drones and UAVs will be key in moving people and cargo much faster in our future," says electrical engineering professor Kamesh Namuduri. "This facility gives our UNT experts, external research collaborators and industry partners the opportunity to shape the advancements of air mobility technology."