Friday, September 2, 2022
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President Shrum praises transformative partnership as OSU continues to cement itself
as Oklahoma’s aerospace leader
Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) has received two federal grants to expand its reach and impact in the development
of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
The OSU grants are awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part
of a $38.2 million award to the Tulsa Regional Advanced Mobility (TRAM) Corridor to
create a hub for research, development and production in the burgeoning field of advanced
mobility — the next intersection point between the aerospace industry and intelligence.
The funding will be used to create the LaunchPad Center of Advanced Air Mobility at
the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus and support ongoing research
activities at OSU, such as the NASA University Leadership Initiative led by OSU and
the recent agreement between the state governments of Oklahoma and Arkansas to develop
Advanced Mobility pilot programs across the border. The new center will focus on research
and development of drone technology and urban air mobility — aka urban air taxis.
The funding also will be used in the related development of flight test capabilities,
and OSU researchers will work with the Osage Nation and its SkyWay36 Droneport northwest
of downtown Tulsa.
“Quality partnerships open the door to new possibilities,” OSU President Kayse Shrum
said. “Oklahoma State University has seen incredible success in other Tulsa-area partnerships,
and we’re delighted to be a key stakeholder in this coalition. OSU is the state’s