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Mississippi State University’s

Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL)

is a historic, nationally recognized leader in the field of experimental aviation research.  Founded in 1948, Raspet stands out as one of the University’s most long standing and prominently established research entities with a 70 year history of excellence.  True to its heritage, today Raspet continually advances modern concepts in experimental aviation through the research, development, testing, and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and their associated technologies.

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Raspet's Mission

“To provide Mississippi State University and the country with leading-edge research, development, and testing of manned/unmanned flight vehicles and composite materials while facilitating the educational goals of the University and the economic development goals of the State.”

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Facility

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory consists of two building facilities located on the North end of Bryan Field (KSTF) in Starkville, Mississippi.  Raspet Building #1 houses the Advanced Composites Institute in a 35,000 sq. ft. composites research and experimentation center. Raspet Building #2 houses the Raspet Director, research staff, flight crew, aircraft assets, and all research and operational equipment in the 55,000 sq. ft. multi-use Raspet headquarters.

Director

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Dallas Brooks

  • Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
  • Associate Director, ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence

Staff

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Hannah Thach

  • UAS Program Manager
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Madison Dixon

  • UAS Program Manager
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Bryan Alexander

  • Project Manager
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Crisler Herndon

  • UAS Program Coordinator
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Kyle Cantrell

  • Chief of Safety
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Austin Wingo

  • UAS Chief of Flight Operations
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Sean Meacham

  • UAS Maintenance Technician
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Tom Brooks

  • UAS Res, Dev, Test and Eval (RDTE) Engineer
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Peter McKinley

  • Aircraft Certification Engineer
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Caden Teer

  • Aircraft Certification Engineer
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Rodney Lincoln

  • Systems Engineer
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Hunter Vesa

  • Graduate Research Assistant – Aerospace Engineering
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Majka Wilczynski

  • Graduate Research Assistant – Aerospace Engineering
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Ed Skinner

  • Facility Services Coordinator
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Jim Thigpen

  • Chief Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor

Administration

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Gloria Miley

  • Senior Accountant
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Victoria Kimble

  • Administrative Assistant
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Raspet's History
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