New York State: UAS Central  

Syracuse,  NY 
United States
http://uascentral.com/
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New York State is leading the way in UAS development by linking startups, businesses, higher education, and government investments to grow an entire ecosystem. UAS Central includes the coordinated public private partnerships and initiatives fueled by CNY Rising, including GENIUS NY, NUAIR Alliance, Griffiss UAS test site and Project U-Safe.


 Press Releases

  • GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PARTNERS TO DEVELOP DRONE CORRIDOR IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

    The Multi-Million Dollar Corridor Creates Unparalleled Drone Testing Capability

    Supported by CNY Rising - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state-supported Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance has selected key partners in the development of New York's unmanned aircraft system traffic management corridor in Central New York. The corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley, is the first of its kind, and most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. SRC/Gryphon Sensors, a world leader in intelligent drone detection, and Raytheon, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, have both received awards to complete the UTM corridor. The overall project will consist of the system planning, design, implementation, commissioning, and operational support of a state-of-the-art UTM research, development, test and evaluation infrastructure.

    "This partner selection is just the latest advancement in positioning Central New York and the Mohawk Valley as leaders in the global market for this cutting-edge technology," Governor Cuomo said. "Through our investment in this drone corridor, we are strengthening and growing regional economies for generations to come."

    "As Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, I have seen firsthand the evolution of our work to grow the UAS and UTM industry in Central New York, and today marks another milestone for our Central NY Rising strategy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Today's announcement is great news for the growing number of high-tech jobs in the region and demonstrates our continued commitment to moving Upstate New York forward and rising to new heights."

    To advance the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry in Central New York, Governor Cuomo announced a $30 million state investment to develop the 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome in November 2016. Within this corridor, strategic investments will accelerate industry growth by supporting emerging uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in key industries, including agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure, and public safety.

    The corridor enables companies to test both UAS platforms and UTM technologies in real world settings, generating data that will inform industry and regulators and advance the commercial use of drones. This multimillion dollar effort that is part of Central New York Rising, Phase II of the UTM corridor, will advance Project UAS Safe Autonomous Flight Environment and enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations in the defined 50-mile corridor. 

    Major General Marke F. "Hoot" Gibson (ret), CEO, NUAIR Alliance said, "We have identified the most qualified organizations to complete the New York UTM Corridor and expand our UAS testing capabilities. This key step in the procurement process moves the project forward towards becoming the nation's premier test site. With all our state economic and technical support, I think we are well positioned to accelerate the UAS industry and further establish this region as a national leader."

    Craig Marcinkowski, Director of Gryphon Sensor Business Area, SRCsaid, "SRC Gryphon Sensors is proud to continue its work on Project U-SAFE, a globally leading UTM program, taking place in New York State. The visionary investments by Governor Cuomo, the leadership of NUAIR, and partnerships with NASA, the FAA, Academia and Industry, will help to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System."

    Matt Gilligan, Vice President of Raytheon's Navigation, Weather, and Services Mission Area said,"Drones are playing an increasingly important role in our society, which means we must have low-altitude air traffic management solutions. Raytheon's unique low-power radar technology holds the capability to test both drones and air traffic management technologies in real-world settings and we commend Governor Cuomo's leadership in advancing this critical aspect of the industry."

    Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "By supporting a drone corridor in Central New York, New York State has committed to making strategic investments that will ensure that we are at the forefront of the burgeoning UAS industry and create economic opportunities throughout the region."

    Oneida County Executive Anthony Pincente said, "Today's announcement is a major milestone in the process of completing New York's UTM Corridor and brings us that much closer to establishing our region as the epicenter for UAS research and development. It also further solidifies Oneida County's UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport as the premier site in the country. I applaud NUAIR on securing these partners and look forward to their efforts in bringing this project to fruition."   

    Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "This latest milestone for the designated drone corridor in Central New York is great news. Governor Cuomo's commitment to the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems industry in our region has been transformative. As a key part of the CNY Rising economic development plan, our region is truly establishing itself as the global hub for this innovative industry and growing the regional economy."

    Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "Syracuse and Central New York is at the epicenter of drone technology.  Because of Governor Cuomo's consistent support, our city and region are better positioned to take advantage of this emerging opportunity. These milestone partnerships will have a positive impact and lead to economic development opportunities further strengthening the City and regions' position as a worldwide leader when it comes to UAS innovation and technology."

    The UTM corridor enables various use cases such as drone deliveries, infrastructure monitoring, search and rescue, and precision agriculture. Initially, the corridor operation will focus on enabling 55 lb. and below BVLOS small UAS operations. However, the corridor will also support urban mobility efforts and other developments including electric/hybrid vertical take-off and landing aircraft systems to carry people and property in air transportation, including commercial fleet operations with highly automated UAS.

    About NUAIR

    The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, along with 200+ partners, works to advance unmanned aircraft systems research and to accelerate UAS industry economic development in the region. NUAIR manages operations at one of seven federally-designated UAS test sites in the United States, and is at the forefront of public policy development, commercialization and safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. For more information, visit www.nuairalliance.org

    About SRC/Gryphon Sensors

    Gryphon Sensors, an SRC Business Area, develops sensor systems that detect, track and identify small unmanned aircraft systems. Leveraging six decades of proven expertise in radar and electronic surveillance sensor research and development from parent company SRC Inc., Gryphon Sensors provides innovative multi-spectrum solutions in the drone security and UAS integration markets. The company is involved in the Federal Aviation Administration's BSNF Pathfinder, FAA Drone Detection Pathfinder, Project UAS Secure Autonomous Flight Environment and NASA's UAS Traffic Management program. www.srcgryphonsensors.com

    About Raytheon

    Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. www.raytheon.com

    Accelerating CNY Rising

    Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

    Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

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  • NUAIR, AiRXOS Collaborate on Unmanned Testing & Rating Initiative
    Combined technology and testing initiative creates unique ability to measure Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) performance and test systems

    Syracuse, New York — (May 1, 2018) Today, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) and AiRXOS, a GE venture, announced a strategic initiative that will enhance drone safety and security over Central New York. The AiRXOS/NUAIR collaboration represents a progressive next step in the CenterState New York region’s goal to become a global hub for the UAS industry.

    Combining NUAIR’s new National Unmanned Systems Testing and Rating (NUSTAR) capability with the AiRXOS Autonomous Service Platform, the parties plan to transform and streamline the safe and efficient integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. Working with partners from industry, academia, and standards organizations, NUSTAR will objectively measure UAS performance and test systems against industry consensus standards. AiRXOS will automate the processes used by commercial operators, pilots, organizations, and drone manufacturers to engage in commercial flight operations.
    “Unlocking opportunities in autonomy and UAS advanced operations have never been more promising. This collaboration with NUAIR is a significant step in helping achieve advanced UAS safety and efficiency in the Central New York area,” said Ken Stewart, sr. vice president, management & commercial operations, AiRXOS. “We are pleased to be a part of NUAIR’s future and their NUSTAR initiative.”

    In addition to the NUSTAR initiative, NUAIR is currently building the nation's first and only Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) 50-mile test corridor for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing. In November of 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $30 million investment to develop the 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome to advance the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry in Central New York (CNY) as part of the CNY Rising initiative. Within the 50-mile corridor, strategic investments will accelerate industry growth by supporting emerging uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in key industries, including agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure, and public safety.

    “The NUAIR Alliance remains committed to driving progress through an increased focus on the development of UAS policy and standards,” said Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), chief executive officer, NUAIR Alliance. “Central to this effort is the establishment of the NUSTAR initiative in collaboration with AiRXOS, which will advance NUAIR’s mission to safely integrate UAS in the National Airspace System, and validate our regional efforts to become a leading hub of UAS industry.”

    Founded by members of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO), the NUAIR Alliance looks at the UAS industry as a boost to economic development and job creation. In furthering the research and development of technologies for UAS, NUAIR is looking to attract new, permanent businesses to the region.
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    “Through this collaboration with AiRXOS, New York will lead the nation in the rating and testing of UAS - advancing opportunities for companies to connect with these systems for commercial use,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “This allows us to attract new business to Central New York and create high-quality jobs. We look forward to this collaboration and the next phase of growth for the UAS industry in the region.”


    Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development president, CEO & commissioner said, “New York State’s strategic investments are cementing Central New York’s position as a global hub for all aspects of the UAS industry. These investments and the region’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurialism are strengthening the local economy and boosting this burgeoning sector.”
    NUAIR is headquartered in Syracuse, NY and supports the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States.

    About NUAIR
    The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), along with 200+ partners, works to advance unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and to accelerate UAS industry economic development in the region. NUAIR manages one of seven federally-designated UAS test sites in the United States, and is at the forefront of public policy development, commercialization and safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). For more information, visit www.nuairalliance.org

    About AiRXOS
    AiRXOS, a GE venture, is accelerating the safe, efficient, and scalable growth of unmanned vehicles in the national air space. AiRXOS helps government agencies, regional aviation authorities and private sector operators manage and meet the increasing demand for sophisticated and safe UAS operations. AiRXOS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE, jointly owned by GE Ventures and GE Aviation. For more information, visit www.airxos.io.

    About CenterState CEO
    CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving. www.centerstateceo.com