ROME — Moving the drone testing program in Rome forward even more, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that NASA is pairing with the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR).
The agreement supports the launch of the 50-mile Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Corridor from Rome to Syracuse and creation of the National Unmanned Aerial System Standardized Testing and Rating facility (NUSTAR), said Cuomo during his fourth visit to Oneida County this year.
“With this groundbreaking partnership and our $30 million investment for the most advanced drone testing in the country, we are establishing Central New York and the Mohawk Valley as the premier destination for businesses at the forefront of innovation,” Cuomo said in a hangar at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. “By investing in this cutting-edge technology, we are creating a pathway to grow the upstate economy and create good-paying, quality jobs in the industries of the future.”
The development of the drone corridor is expected to unlock a trillion-dollar global industry and attract business development and new drone technology to the state, specifically in Central New York.
The agreement with NUAIR will be mutually beneficial in advancing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management technologies, which NASA said in a statement will “foster innovation and commercialization of this new aviation industry.”
“Our collaboration will support deploying a UAS traffic management system in the UTM corridor and Test Site, and give NASA opportunities for testing to advance research and development in critical technologies such as communication, navigation, and large scale UAS traffic management,” the statement said.
The announcement came during the official launch of the first phase of the UTM corridor, which should be completely finished by the end of 2018, said Lawrence Brinker, interim president and CEO of the NUAIR Alliance, after Cuomo’s…