Simlat has announced that it has delivered its IMPACT system to Elizabeth City State University’s (ECSU) Aviation Science Program. IMPACT, a UAS (unmanned aerial system) simulation classroom, is widely used across academic UAS programs and training centers. The delivery includes three add-on civil UAS simulation applications; wind turbines inspection, power lines inspection and anti-poaching operations, providing ECSU with the ability to create various simulation scenarios and missions.
Elizabeth City State University’s drone operation laboratory focuses on providing UAS operators and entrepreneurs with the necessary skills needed to obtain FAA certification. Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, Dean of Science, Mathematics and Technology and the Director of Aviation, stated that ECSU currently operates various UAS platforms including senseFly eBee (Ag and RTK), senseFly Albris, Aeromapper EV, DJI Matrice, DJI Inspire, and Yuneec Typhoon as a part of the UAS-related course offerings and faculty research.
“Simlat’s IMPACT will assist in reaching the lab’s objectives by allowing the operation of five different simulated platforms in an authentic environment,” said Rawat.
IMPACT supports frontal instruction, courses and training activities as well as curriculum planning and development and performance analysis of training sessions.
ECSU Aviation is developing a comprehensive UAS program that will include Education/Workforce Development, Applied Research, and Outreach. The university is expected to begin offering a B.S. degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Fall 2019. Rawat said that the program is receiving a lot of interest from prospective students. “We will continue our partnership with Simlat to offer state-of- the-art, high-fidelity training simulators to our students,” he said.