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Consortium for Kansas Unmanned Systems

Strategic Plan

Providing industry leading innovation for advanced capabilities and new development opportunity for unmanned systems and aviation necessary to keep the U.S. at the forefront of cutting edge technologies, job creation, and economic growth supporting U.S. international competitive advantage.

The purpose of our state-wide strategic plan is to document and underscore the strategic framework and strengths found within the state of Kansas. It provides a unifying framework from which local, regional, national and international entities can comprehensively leverage our highly skilled and technical workforce across government, industry and academia needs.

This plan sustains Kansas legacy of leadership in the aviation industry and positions statewide activities to maintain national and international leadership in aviation and aviation related technologies. It spans science and technology, research and development, education, industry, and supports continued development, retention and growth of a highly skilled technical workforce.

In implementing our strategic plan, we are committed to enhancing translatable skills and services across multiple domains with common interests and needs. Across our statewide stakeholders, we embrace innovative approaches that position our country to:

  • Remain key global leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),
  • Leverage and maximize effective and efficient use of resources, and
  • Develop the intellectual skills of our future industry, government and academic contributors.

Within our Strategic Plan we identify our mission, vision, goals and initially reflect an adaptable approach and focus on the following core competency areas:

  • Airspace for CKUS operations
  • Airport support facilities
  • University R&D - sensors, airframe & engines
  • University flight & operations training and testing
  • Data interpretation, analysis, distributions & application
  • Avionics/sensors development & manufacturing
Our Mission

“The Kansas Unmanned Systems Consortium provides vital contributions and synergy for comprehensive technology development and advancement through focused research and development and innovation. The consortium effectively and efficiently supports economic investment aimed at keeping the US at the forefront of cutting edge technologies, job creation, economic growth, and drive US international competitive advantage.”

Our Vision

"To serve as a leading government wide provider and center of excellence for unmanned systems and aviation by providing industry leading innovation, advanced technologies, and new development opportunity for unmanned systems and aviation necessary to keep the U.S. at the forefront of cutting edge technologies, job creation, economic growth, and drive U.S. international competitive advantage."

Our Goals
  • Retain and establish the State of Kansas as an international industry leader in unmanned systems and aviation technologies, R&D, testing and evaluation across targeted needs.
  • Maximize individual niche areas of expertise into a comprehensive and collaborative integrated economic effort in order to maximize return on investment and introduction of capabilities into the nation’s technology base.
  • Provide leading edge R&D for the safe introduction of unmanned systems into the NAS and national infrastructure across functional domains (Agriculture, Environment, Energy, etc…) and organizations (FAA, NASA, DHS, DOA, DOE, DOD USGS, others etc…).
  • Support the continuation of U.S. technological leadership in aeronautics by fostering a vibrant and dynamic aeronautics community that includes government, industry, and academia.

Throughout the 20th Century, and now well into the 21st, Kansas has been the home to major aviation manufacturers, industry and academic centers of excellence. Kansas provides comprehensive focus, synergy and technical expertise across multiple domains to include:

  • Agriculture
  • Public Safety
  • Energy (Oil & Gas, Wind, etc...)(Includes asset security and incident response.)
  • Data integration and Information application
  • Legality and public acceptance
  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Sensor-platform integration
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Industry needs (airspace, sensors, materials, human factors, etc)
  • Government needs (operating rules, design rules, public acceptance, etc) and
  • Focus and unity across Local, State, Regional, National, and International capability needs