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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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“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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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.

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Dallas Brooks

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

  • UAS Program Manager
  • Safety Officer
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Bryan Alexander

  • Project Manager
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Derek Catt

  • UAS Program Manager
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Alan Martinez, Ph.D.

  • UAS Program Manager
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Kyle Cantrell

  • UAS Chief of Safety
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Austin Wingo

  • UAS Chief of Flight Operations
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Tom Brooks

  • Chief Research Engineer
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Peter McKinley

  • Aircraft Certification Engineer
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Caden Teer

  • Aircraft Certification Engineer
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Hunter Vesa

  • Research Engineer
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Kyle Ryker

  • Research Engineer
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Rodney Lincoln

  • Systems Engineer
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Majka Wilczynski

  • Graduate Research Assistant – Aerospace Engineering
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Todd Mabry

  • 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
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Edward McGinnis

  • Controller
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