UAS ecosystem development in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan
With more than $3 billion in investments in unmanned aerial systems, nanotechnolgy, infrastructure and economic development, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Massachusetts and Michigan are locations with opportunities for global competitiveness and business growth sectors to thrive. Through collaborative efforts, NUAIR Alliance partners are creating a corridor of technology and support to address the challenges of integrating drones into the National Airspace System (NAS).
The rapid innovation of drones has led to an endless list of beneficial civilian applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), from goods delivery and infrastructure surveillance, to search and rescue, and agricultural monitoring. NUAIR is working closely with the FAA, NASA and industry leaders to develop a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system that will make the safe integration of UAS into the NAS a reality.
This UTM infrastructure is being developed at the highly-integrated New York UAS Test Site in Rome, NY, allowing it to become one of the first areas in the nation for large-scale UTM BVLOS operations. Not currently approved by the FAA, high volume BVLOS drone use is essential for the commercial UAS industry to realize the full economic benefit for applications that include: product delivery, precision agriculture, railway and power line inspection, forestry, wildlife management and more.
In 2016 the Griffiss International Airport (Griffiss) UAS Test Site supported a flight test of the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. The UTM Technology Capability Level 1 (TCL1) test in April 2016 validated UTM initial standards development, on a path to a joint FAA-NASA 2017 UTM pilot program. Griffiss expects to work on the FAA two-year pilot project in parallel with development of a Rome-to-Syracuse UTM demonstration corridor.
Griffiss is currently supporting AX Enterprize, an AFRL Rome Lab Contractor, in a DoD project titled “Collaborative Low Altitude UAS Integration Effort (CLUE).” The CLUE objective is to provide DoD with technical expertise and engineering in order to research and demonstrate potential DoD use of UTM and interaction with UTM. CLUE involves performance of two studies and validation of the results addressing UTM Impact on DoD Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Operations.