UAV Market

UAVThe U.S. military UAV market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10% between 2010 and 2015, says “U.S. Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Market Forecast 2010-2015," a new research report from Market Research Media. The report finds that the U.S. military UAV market will generate $ 62 Billion revenues over the period 2010 – 2015...READ MORE

Border Security

Research into securing the Mexican border is a growing concern. The use of UAVs, a "virtual fence," and high-tech surveillance equipment have been some of the options explored. More research needs to point toward cost-effective and valid ways in which technology can aid in border security.

Ongoing Research

Current research at PTRC currently is focused on the areas of:

  • Energy production and applications
  • Communication
  • Unmanned aerial systems and vehicles
  • Electronic surveillance and tracking
  • Solar power (IERA)
  • Explosive research and utilization
  • Modeling and simulation

Sun Power!

NM Solar Map

Playas has about 360 days of sunshine every year, which makes the sun a familiar force. Harnessing that power makes sense and current research takes advantage of the area and the facility.


Map of solar energy potential taken from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Site



Collect data in the high desert!

Time in Playas -
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Links and News

NM Solar Energy Association

Biomass Energy in NM (NM Public Regulation Commission)

Virtual Border Fence Cancelled (The Christian Science Monitor January 2011)

UAV Capability in Border Security? (Congressional Research Service July 2010)

Aerostar UAV at Playas (Aeonautics August 2007)

Lockheed Martin at PTRC (Lockheed Martin 2006)

“High-value products take research and development and investment." -Ross Seymore