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NUAIR & New York UAS Test Site  

Syracuse,  NY 
United States
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NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc.) provides unsurpassed expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, aeronautical research, safety management and consulting services. NUAIR manages operations of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States, responsible to the FAA & NASA to conduct UAS operations and advanced air mobility (AAM) eVTOL testing. NUAIR is responsible for the continued development & advancement of New York’s AAM Proving Grounds & 50-mile UAS corridor, facilitating beyond visual line of sight testing, commercial operations, and the safe integration of UAS and eVTOLS into the national airspace.

 Press Releases

  • Program outcomes will enhance capabilities and services that support advanced, high-density drone operations on a national scale.

    (9/2/2020 ROME, NY) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced two new participants for phase two of the unmanned aircraft traffic management pilot program (UPP) – The New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY and Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership in Blacksburg, Va.

    UPP Phase 2 will showcase capabilities and services that support high-density unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drone operations, including remote identification services and public safety operations. Data collected from UPP Phase 2 tests will help inform a cross-agency unmanned traffic management (UTM) system implementation plan.

    “We couldn’t be happier that the FAA has selected Oneida County’s New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss to develop the next phase of UAS traffic management,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “That our site has been chosen from what is already a small, elite group that has been granted test site status, is a testament to the high quality of work and collaboration of our partners in Rome. It’s an honor to be on the forefront of the next evolution of this transformative technology.”

    An unmanned traffic management system would function much like the current manned air traffic management system; assuring people, aircraft, and structures both in the air and on the ground remain safe. To unlock the full capabilities and functionalities of drones for commercial use like package delivery or medical supply drop-offs, a safe, universal UTM system is needed nationwide. Research and testing done at the NY UAS Test Site through the UPP Phase 2 Program will help make that UTM system a reality.

    Over 3,000 advanced UAS test flights, including UTM tests, have been conducted at the NY UAS Test Site over the past five years. In 2019, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of New York’s 50-mile drone corridor which starts at the test site in Rome and stretches across the state to Syracuse. The corridor has the needed infrastructure and technologies in place to complete the advanced drone operations and UTM standardization work outlined in UPP Phase 2.

    UPP Phase 1 was completed in August 2019, in collaboration with NASA, FAA UAS test sites and their industry partners. Phase 1 tested capabilities such as the exchange of flight data among UAS operators and generating an emergency “no-fly zone” for general unmanned aircraft, clearing the skies for emergency response drones.

    “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am honored to fight to keep Rome and Upstate New York a leader in unmanned aerial systems technology,” said Congressman Anthony Brindisi. “This announcement is a win for our community and will allow for the next generation of UAS to be tested at our state-of-the-art site at Griffiss. I will never stop working with local, state, and federal officials to drive jobs and investment in our community.”

    “The New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Upstate New York is a major economic driver in our region and a leader in advancing the unmanned aerial systems industry,” said Rep. John Katko. “I have proudly advocated for the New York UAS Test Site to participate in federal UAS initiatives including as a site for Phase 2 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program, and am grateful to the FAA for recognizing the expertise of the Test Site and making this designation. Implementing this important program at the Test Site will be vital to accelerating the growth of UAS technology and will contribute greatly to our local economy, attracting jobs and promoting greater investment in the region. I applaud Oneida County for their leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing our work together to make Central New York a hub for the UAS industry.”

    Empire State Development acting commissioner and president & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “New York State’s significant investment in unmanned aerial systems is creating a vibrant tech industry ecosystem that continues to grow the Upstate innovation economy and create good-paying jobs and opportunity.”

    “The New York UAS Test Site being selected by the FAA to take part in this next phase speaks to the amount of meaningful testing and research we’ve been doing here in Central New York to advance the industry,” said Tony Basile, chief operations officer of NUAIR. “The collaborative work we will achieve with our industry-leading partners will help shape the commercial drone industry on a national, if not international level.”

    Oneida County and the New York UAS Test Site have partnered with multiple local, national and international organizations to complete the work outlined in UPP Phase 2, including: Aerodyne Measure, AiRXOS, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, ANRA Technologies, AX Enterprize, Flytrex, Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Lab (on behalf of the FAA TCAS Program Office), NUAIR, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, OneSky, ResilienX, Skyward, Syracuse Fire Department and TruWeather Solutions.

    Virtual collaboration on UPP Phase 2 began in mid-April of this year, with live flights and component testing taking place at the Test Site starting in September.


  • Vertiport Automation Analysis to be Conducted at Griffiss International Airport

    (8/12/2020 ROME, NY) - Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the county has been awarded an $897,000 task order for Advanced Air Mobility development through a NASA contract with its UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport.

    The county’s UAS test site in Rome—one of just seven sanctioned by the FAA in the U.S.—will conduct research for NASA in automation technology to support high-density vertiport operations that allow for vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

    “Oneida County’s long-standing partnership with NASA has proven to be a productive one,” Picente said. “Together, we have conducted crucial research that has led to transformative advancements in the UAS industry. I look forward to the impact this new collaboration will have on the future of this emerging technology.”

    The task order is part of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Integrated Aviation Systems Program Advanced Air Mobility Project. The work conducted will help support the project in understanding barriers to the operation of vertiports, developing infrastructure requirements needed to increase their scale and maturing automation technologies to support the growth of their traffic.

    The task will also help mature testing range requirements for the Advanced Air Mobility national campaign series which expects to host future events highlighting high-volume vertiport operations for passenger-carrying eVTOL operations.

    The goal of the research is to develop technology that will support safe, secure, resilient and efficient heavy-lift UAS cargo delivery and passenger carrying. The task is the latest in a line of orders from NASA and will be executed over the next year. Additional work is expected to be awarded as a result.

    “This new NASA task order has positioned Oneida County to be the leader in Advanced Air Mobility development,” said Oneida County Aviation Commissioner Chad Lawrence. “It is a testament to the high quality of work conducted by our UAS Test Site and its partners.”

    NUAIR looks forward to our continued collaboration with Oneida County and working with the following partners on this task order to advance the UAS industry:

    Source: Oneida County Press Release

  • Third drone parachute validation by NUAIR and New York UAS Test Site, advancing safe integration of unmanned aircraft

    (7/7/2020 SYRACUSE, NY) – Following vigorous testing, completed in collaboration with NUAIR, the drone parachute recovery system by Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions (AVSS) for the DJI M200 series has been validated as compliant with industry standards. The parachute recovery system (PRS-M200) is a safety product for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to has drones, which automatically deploys a parachute if the drone malfunctions in the air. This is the third parachute standard validation performed by NUAIR and the first for the DJI M200 series, advancing the potential for commercial drone package delivery and routine flights over people.

    Currently, the FAA prohibits most drones from being flown directly over people. Professional drone operators can apply for a waiver from that restriction if they can demonstrate they have robust safety mitigations in place – including a validated parachute system.

    The drone safety system developed by AVSS is not just a parachute, but a combination of hardware, software, and the parachute system. Their product was developed with a “plug and play” mentality so that anyone with a DJI Matrice 200 series drone (M200, M210m, M210 RTK: V1 & V2) can purchase the AVSS product, “plug” it into their drone and start flying.

    DJI M200 with AVSS Parachute

    DJI Matrice 200 series drone with AVSS Parachute attached

    In the event of a drone malfunction in the air, the system will automatically cut power to the drone, deploy its parachute, and allow the aircraft to descend slowly from the sky. This safety system significantly decreases the potential of harm to people or property on the ground and reduces the risk of damage to the drone itself. Additionally, the PRS-M200 has a unique Parachute Pod™, which means the end-users do not have to ship the parachute for repacking and can complete a quick swap in the field.

    AVSS Parachute Test

    AVSS Parachute deployed during validation testing

    “When preparing for this complex, strenuous parachute standard validation, we knew that we needed to find a third-party testing partner that deeply understood the standard and testing procedures,” said Josh Boudreau, chief technology officer at AVSS.

    “After initial conversations with a few potential third-party test sites, it was clear that the team at NUAIR and the New York UAS Test Site were knowledgeable, helpful, and pragmatic. Since deciding to select NUAIR as a test site partner, they have been quick to respond to our questions and have exceeded our expectations in terms of customer service. We believe the New York UAS Test Site has set the gold standard for test sites and would highly recommend any company looking to complete their third-party testing to contact the NUAIR team.”

    AVSS Crew

    AVSS Flight Crew

    NUAIR, which manages the FAA-designated New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, which is owned by Oneida County, put the AVSS product through 45 functionality tests across five different failure scenarios. The tests were successful, proving that the AVSS product complies with the ASTM International standard specification for small UAS parachutes, allowing AVSS to fulfill their presales for this product that were dependent on this safety validation.

    “This whole industry is based around safety,” said Tony Basile, chief operations officer at NUAIR.

    “Unlocking the full capabilities of commercial drone use is dependent on the continued development of these safety standards and having a place where companies can have their product validated to those standards. I was happy to work with Josh and the AVSS crew early on to make sure they knew what was expected of them and their product for multiple days of testing, helping to assure a positive outcome.”

    “Oneida County’s UAS Test Site continues to be a place where collaboration leads to unparalleled industry advancement,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “Partnerships like the one fostered by NUAIR and AVSS are forging the future of commercial drone package delivery and placing Central New York on the global forefront.”

    The ASTM consensus standard was developed by industry stakeholders as well as representatives from the FAA in late 2018 after more than a year of work. The completion of the ASTM F3322-18 testing with NUAIR, along with the required engineering analysis, has also been acknowledged by Transport Canada as a means of compliance for the DJI M200 series for operations over people under the Transport Canada RPAS Safety Assurance declaration for modified drones.


  • The Multi-Million Dollar Corridor Creates Unparalleled Drone Testing Capability

    UAS Investment is Supported by CNY Rising – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

    (11/13/2020 SYRACUSE, NY) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the state supported 50-mile unmanned traffic management drone corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley. The first-in-the-nation corridor is the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. With the needed infrastructure now in place, companies will be able to test both unmanned aerial systems platforms and UTM technologies in real world settings, generating data that will inform the industry and regulators and taking us one step closer towards the routine commercial use of drones. The completion of the corridor advances the regions’ collective strategy to accelerate and support emerging uses of UAS in key industries, including agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure and public safety. At the Syracuse International Airport, the Governor today also announced that the home of the innovative GENIUS NY UAS competition, the Tech Garden in Downtown Syracuse, will undergo a major expansion project to include the addition of two floors to the existing facility. The increased visibility and street-scape will serve as the anchor of the Syracuse’s City Center Innovation Hub, a core component of the Syracuse Surge strategy, and will serve as the gateway to the “Innovation Alley” on Warren Street in Syracuse. Empire State Development is assisting the expansion project with up to $12.5 million made available through the regionally designed CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan.

    “The completion of the 50-mile drone corridor is a groundbreaking achievement that caps a key strategy laid out in our CNY Rising plan to make Central New York and the Mohawk Valley a global center for UAS testing and innovation,” Governor Cuomo said. “Additionally, the Tech Garden expansion in Syracuse will further our efforts to draw forward-thinking industry entrepreneurs, including within the UAS industry, to the area ensuring the region continues to rise for decades 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,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This 50-mile drone corridor is another milestone in our efforts to create the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. The multi-million-dollar effort will grow the number of high-tech jobs in the region, strengthen the economy, and advance our Central NY Rising strategy.”

    The Governor also recently announced that the corridor had also received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) within the first segment. This is the first “true” BVLOS authority granted to the FAA-designated test site, which allows unmanned aircraft testing without the need for ground-based observers. The eight-by-four-mile section of airspace that was approved for these flights is between Griffiss International Airport and the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. The strategic selection of this airspace within the corridor opens the door for future advancements of the corridor and the continued cooperation between NUAIR, the Test Site and New York State agencies.

    In November of 2016, in an effort to advance the burgeoning UAS 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 the NYS UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. Many local and international companies performed groundbreaking work on the development and deployment of this system, including SRC, the C&S Companies, AX Enterprizes, Unifly, Thales, OneSky, ANRA and Airmap.

    The expansion of CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden, which is currently housed in an existing one-story facility located at 235 Harrison Street, will add a second and third floor to the building adding 46,000 square-feet of incubation and acceleration space. The expansion will allow the Tech Garden to house 100 resident-members and allow space for the incubators’ 200 virtual-members; will help the incubator to attract more UAS and loT, innovators; establish programs for mature company innovation and support the targeted Drone Zone which will include dedicated spaces that will cater to UAS industry businesses that want to move to the region.

    Tech Garden Expansion

    The startup incubator is also home to the GENIUS NY UAS competition, which is now entering its fourth round. The latest round of 19 semi-finalists selected to take part in the mentoring opportunity were announced last week. The Tech Garden expects the renovation work to be completed in March of 2021.

    Rick Clonan, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CenterState CEO, said, “Today is an exciting day for this region as two critical links to the UAS ecosystem are advanced, further establishing the region’s leadership role in the UAS industry. The state’s unparalleled investment in GENIUS NY has enabled us to create the world’s leading accelerator program for the UAS industry and through this new investment in the Tech Garden we will be able to enhance support for the high-quality companies we’ve attracted to the region through new programs, resources and startup space. Many of the companies we attract through GENIUS NY are also looking to test their technologies at the New York UAS Test Site and the completion of the corridor will only support their rapid growth and advancement. We thank Governor Cuomo for his support and vision to establish this region as center for UAS technologies.”

    “The completion of the 50-mile drone corridor is a groundbreaking achievement that caps a key strategy laid out in our CNY Rising plan to make Central New York and the Mohawk Valley a global center for UAS testing and innovation.” – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    Additionally, in support of the growing drone industry in the region, NUAIR is launching the NY UAS Public Private Partnership Program (NYFLY), which is aimed at spurring the adoption of UAS technologies into state and local government operations. The first in the nation competition will encourage and seed partnerships between public entities and firms to advance a series of priority use cases, including but not limited to:

    • First responders and public safety;
    • Infrastructure inspection and construction;
    • Counter UAS and critical infrastructure protection;
    • Forest and environmental monitoring;
    • Public Health; and,
    • Statewide UTM adoption and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) infrastructure

    NUAIR will open NYFLY to the first round of pilot project applications in early 2020. Additional details on NYFLY will be announced in the coming months.

    Fueled by New York State’s investment in the burgeoning UAS industry CenterState CEO reports more than 1,820 UAS related jobs have been created or announced locally on an estimated private sector investment of $820 million and a 8.5:1 return on the State’s investment. To maximize the economic impact of these activities and further maintain New York’s leadership position in the UAS industry, economic development partners, including CenterState CEO, Griffiss International Airport, NUAIR and Mohawk Valley Edge, are also currently engaged with over 30 firms that have expressed interest in expanding operations in the regions. In July, the Governor announced a New York-Israel Partnership to create UAS Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley. New York and Israeli companies will use the new center to focus on advancing technologies, which will bring Israeli technology and R&D to the New York drone market and open Israeli’s markets to New York State UAS companies.

    Mike Hertzendorf, CEO of NUAIR, said, “The launch of this corridor marks a significant step forward for the UAS industry and for the UAS ecosystem being built in the region. Attendees to the 2019 New York UAS Symposium will see demonstrations and learn how their technology can be tested and advanced at this industry-leading corridor. We look forward to beginning the next phase of flight testing along the corridor and unlocking new commercial opportunities for the safe integration of UAS in the national air space.”

    Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO, said, “Three years ago this region set forth an audacious goal to be the first in the nation to launch a beyond visual line of site corridor and it is exciting to see that vision become reality. We are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State for their unparalleled investment which has enabled this goal to be realized. The economic impact of this advancement will be significant and we are well positioned to attract companies to the region to test and grow their UAS companies.”

    Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, “By supporting this premier drone testing corridor the state is committing to make the strategic investments that will ensure that New York continues to be at the forefront of the innovative UAS industry, creating economic opportunities throughout Central New York and the Mohawk Valley.”

    State Senator Rachel May said, “It is exciting to see continued investment in Upstate New York. Projects like this will allow us to attract and retain businesses to the region and continue the momentum of economic growth we’ve seen over the past several years.”

    State Senator Joseph Griffo said, “This significant milestone opens up many possibilities for the area and will be a big draw for companies looking to make advancements in drone technology research. The unmanned traffic management drone corridor will further strengthen the positions of the Mohawk Valley and Central New York regions as leaders in the UAS industry.”

    State Assembly Member William Magnarelli said, “The CNY region has embraced drone technology and has secured the first drone corridor. By establishing this region as a leader in a growing industry, it is hoped that it will create jobs in this region around the new technology being developed.”

    Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, “The research and collaboration that will develop from the opening of the drone corridor will have a significant impact on the global UAS Industry and lead to job creation and growth of cutting-edge technology companies, right here in New York State.”

    Assembly Member Pam Hunter said, “Establishing a drone corridor will be advantageous for the region and will also affirm New York’s role as a global leader in developing UAS technologies. I look forward to the economic, environmental, and public safety benefits that the new corridor will bring.”

    Assemblyman Al Stirpe said, “Our region has been a leader in the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems industry, attracting attention and investment from around the globe. The completion of this corridor further solidifies our competitive edge in this arena, and I am delighted to have played a role in the project.”

    Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, “Supporting the burgeoning UAS industry is central to the regionally designed CNY Rising plan. Through our continued support for this first of its kind drone corridor we are ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of this industry, creating new opportunities and jobs for residents in the region for decades to come.”

    Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said, “Our UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport has made Oneida County the epicenter for the industry’s research and development. The innovation taking place in Rome is second to none, and together with our partners at NUAIR we continue to raise the bar and capitalize on economic opportunities. I thank Governor Cuomo for his dedication to the advancement of our goals.”

    Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “The continued momentum in 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 an integral 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.” McMahon continued “The planned expansion of The Tech Garden will further our efforts to draw innovative entrepreneurs to our community and further support the efforts of the Syracuse Surge.”

    Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “The completion of the drone corridor further solidifies Central New York’s position as a global leader in the UAS industry. It is another step forward for the Syracuse Surge, our strategy for inclusive growth in the New Economy. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s continued strong support, the people in the City of Syracuse and the Central New York region will see more opportunities in the drone industry.”

    City of Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said, “Griffiss International Airport has become home to some of the most advanced developments in drone technology in the country and the opening of the drone corridor will cement the Mohawk Valley and Central New York Regions as the nation’s epicenter of UAS research and technology.”

    For additional information regarding The Tech Garden, click here.

    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 $5.6 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.


  • Second drone parachute validation by NUAIR and New York UAS Test Site, advancing drone package delivery industry and routine flights over people

    (7/2/2020 SYRACUSE, NY) – Following strenuous testing completed by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, Israel-based drone company Flytrex, has the parachute on its package delivery drones validated as compliant with industry standards. Through these rigorous tests, NUAIR is providing the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry with the data and standards testing needed to unlock commercial operations. This announcement builds on a $30 million investment announced by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to develop the 50-mile UAS traffic management corridor between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York to advance the growing UAS industry as part of the CNY Rising initiative.

    This is the second parachute standard validation performed by NUAIR, advancing the potential for commercial drone package delivery and routine flights over people. Currently, the FAA prohibits most drones from being flown directly over people. Professional drone operators can apply for a waiver from that restriction if they can demonstrate they have robust safety mitigations in place including having a validated parachute.

    “NUAIR’s testing at the New York UAS Test Site to validate the parachute on Flytrex’s package delivery drones is helping move this company and others toward commercial UAS activity that will build the drone industry and other industries in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

    A pioneer in the space, Flytrex has already made impactful strides in safe drone integration as a part of the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program and with the successful validation of its parachute, makes even more advanced flights possible — ushering in a new era of on-demand delivery that breaks down industry limits and sets higher safety standards. Flytrex’s testing of the DRS-M600 parachute under NUAIR supports the recent announcement by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of a New York-Israel partnership, and the creation of a UAS Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley to be led by NUAIR.

    “When it comes to commercial drone operations, safety has to be a main priority,” said Yariv Bash, CEO and co-founder of Flytrex. “We chose to work with Drone Rescue Systems [DRS] not only because they are the experts when it comes to keeping drones safely above our heads, but also because we share the same vision of making commercial drones a viable option by upholding the highest safety standards. Our confidence in these tests is bolstered by NUAIR’s strong track record, having managed the testing of the world’s first certified parachute recovery system. NUAIR is at the forefront of safety regulation, and we’re pleased to be testing with an experienced and capable partner.”

    Flytrex & DRS with drone in field

    “We are looking forward to working with Flytrex because we both share the same vision of safe commercial drone usage and the belief that high quality products are needed,” said Andreas Ploier, CEO of Drone Rescue Systems. “The testing by NUAIR with their strong record is an important milestone for our companies and the industry in general, making DRS the first company that passed the ASTM certification for the DJI Matrice 600 drone.”

    Drone Rescue Systems’ M600 parachute is designed to reduce the risk of harming people on the ground, by bringing down equipment safely, in the event of a drone malfunction. Its patented mechanism deploys a parachute within milliseconds and only takes a few minutes to re-pack the system and relaunch the drone. The DRS-M600 is equipped with a traceable “black box” which stores flight data, much like those on manned aircraft, so in the event of a malfunction, the data can be recovered and analyzed to determine why the parachute was deployed.

    NUAIR, which manages the FAA-designated New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, put Flytrex’s DRS-M600 equipped DJI Matrice 600 Pro through 45 functionality tests across five different failure scenarios. The tests were successful, proving that the DRS-M600 complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standard specification for small UAS parachutes, opening the door for Flytrex to get a waiver to operate its drone over people. The ASTM consensus standard was developed by the FAA and other industry stakeholders in late 2018 after more than a year of work.

    “NUAIR is proud to provide companies with this level of standards testing at the New York UAS Test Site,” said Tony Basile, chief operations officer at NUAIR. “Such tests and partnerships support our mission to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. We look forward to continuing to validate industry leading technology, supporting the ever-growing commercial UAS industry.”

    NUAIR is an organizational partner of CenterState CEO. The organizations are strategically aligned in their efforts to build public and private partnerships to advance leading edge UAS and UAS traffic management technologies, and create a hub for the industry that will attract investments and business development.

    “New York is committed to generating growth, jobs and innovation,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “The completion of another successful safety test at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome shows how New York is playing a key role in accelerating the drone industry and making sure that commercial drone operations remain safe.”



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    NUAIR offers third-party validation to ASTM Standards including ASTM F3322-18 Standard Specification for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Parachutes....

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