CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Camp Shelby is beginning a new national research program to encourage innovation and reduce costs of technology systems used in government unmanned vehicles.
It's a public-private partnership using Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems (OS-URAVS).
The program will be administered in conjunction with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Dept. of Homeland Security, the Defense Acquisition University and the Open Source Software Institute.
"The open source piece is the software applications that could be used for various military operations and civilian operations and the autonomous piece is not only are these vehicles aerial systems, but they're underwater systems as well," said Col. Brad Smith, Camp Shelby commander.
"What we're doing here is we're going in and trying to figure out where different people in different agencies use these systems and get them to share that information, develop lessons learned, best practices, other ways that get them to share information and operate more efficiently and more cost-effectively," said John M. Weathersby, executive director of Open Source Software Institute.
Camp Shelby has also announced a new partnership with Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College. Those institutions will give academic and technical credit up to 30 hours in the Aviation Technology curriculum for comparable military training.