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New York UAS Central  

Syracuse,  NY 
United States
  • Booth: Virtual Pavilion

The Central New York and the Mohawk Valley regions of New York State are the center for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned technology. The robust, collaborative UAS Central ecosystem is comprised of businesses, academia and government agencies whose sole purpose is to advance the UAS industry in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley region.

 Press Releases

  • By |August 12, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , ,

    Vertiport Automation Analysis to be Conducted at Griffiss International Airport

    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

  • By |September 2, 2020|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , , ,

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

    (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.


    About NUAIR
    NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc.) is a New York based nonprofit organization that provides unsurpassed expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, aeronautical research, safety management and consulting services. Headquartered in Syracuse, NUAIR manages operations of 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 and is responsible to the FAA and NASA to conduct operations for UAS and advanced air mobility (AAM) eVTOL testing. NUAIR is responsible for the continued development and advancemen

  • Geopipe of New York City Secures $1 Million Grand Prize

    Four additional Finalists Each Receive $500,000

    GENIUS NY Program Builds on Progress of CNY Rising - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Geopipe of New York City is the winner of GENIUS NY’s $1 million grand prize. The GENIUS NY program is the world's largest business competition focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors. BotsAndUs from the United Kingdom, Droneseed from Seattle, Washington, Eget Liber from Syracuse, and Skyy Network from Australia were each awarded investments of $500,000. New York State has now invested $20 million in GENIUS NY over four rounds of the competition. The year-long business accelerator awarded a total of $3 million to the five finalist teams at its virtual finals event during which the five teams pitched their business plans to a panel of eight judges. Following the pitches, all five competitors were awarded one of five investments. The teams will use these investments to continue to accelerate their growth and expand their presence in the region.

    DRAFT Governor Cuomo said, "The GENIUS NY competition transforming the economic landscape of Central New York as it continues to attract next generation, innovative entrepreneurs. The state’s continued investment in unmanned aerial system businesses is ensuring that New York remains the leader in this important industry that is bringing jobs and economic growth to the region."

    Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke during the virtual pitch competition said,  

    Geopipe is building the whole-Earth digital twin by using advanced AI to create immersive 3D models of the real world. The company enables game and simulation developers, automotive and construction professionals, and others to stream perfect virtual copies of real places into software and experiences. Geopipe's AI not only creates lookalike copies of the real world, but labels every detail, so the virtual worlds are readable by machines like self-driving vehicles. A four-year-old startup founded in NYC, Geopipe has grown through investment and grants, and with offices across three cities, it continues to develop deep tech to digitize our analog world.

    Despite COVID-19, GENIUS NY has continued to offer programming and resources to current and past cohorts. Over the last four months teams have been able to hire local interns, continue to test the market, and even gain follow-on funding. The program, which is administered by CenterState CEO’s business incubator, The Tech Garden, in Syracuse, also offers incubator space, company resources, programming and mentoring. Participants are required to operate their business in Central New York for at least one year. The advancement of the GENIUS NY program builds on the progress of CNY Rising, the region's award-winning strategic plan to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

    Dr. Christopher Mitchell, CEO and cofounder of Geopipe, said, "The Geopipe team is honored and proud to have been selected as the GENIUS NY 2020 winner. We're grateful for the support of the GENIUS NY coaches, mentors, and other startups as we've accelerated Geopipe beyond our 2020 goals. We're looking forward to growing our team in Central New York and elsewhere, as we move Geopipe even faster towards our vision of the whole-Earth digital twin. If you are passionate about 3D data, open world gaming, or building intelligence to automatically rebuild the Earth in the digital space, we want to talk to you!"

    Rob Simpson, President of CenterState CEO, said, "The investment and resources made through the GENIUS NY program enables these high potential UAS companies to grow, advance leading-edge technologies and regional expertise in the sector and create jobs. In the coming months we will provide even more targeted business development support and acceleration programming so these companies can further leverage these investments to advance their technologies and platforms."

    Rick Clonan, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CenterState CEO, said, "As we have seen with previous rounds of this important program, these teams will take these investments and build on their success. We know the collaboration across the teams will also accelerate, which supports the critical ecosystem we are building in Central New York. These teams will advance their technologies here at The Tech Garden and utilize the world-class resources only found in this region well beyond the program’s conclusion at the end of 2020.”

    In addition to the GENIUS NY competition, New York State is focused on making major investments in the unmanned aircraft systems industry in Central New York. In 2016, Governor Cuomo announced a $30 million investment to develop a 50-mile drone test corridor between Syracuse and Rome in the form of a CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) grant. Today, the world's first 50-mile Unmanned Traffic Management Corridor is a global leader for testing UAS platforms and innovations.

    The GENIUS NY teams' business plans and pitches were judged by Alfonso Aguila, Senior Associate at Armory Square Ventures; Colonel Anthony Basile, Interim President and CEO of NUAIR; Somak Chattopadhyay, managing partner at Armory Square Ventures; Jim Fayle, regional director for Empire State Development Corporation; Craig Marcinkowski, senior vice president of strategy and business development at Fotokite; Noa Simons, executive director for Upstate Capital Association of NY; David Montanaro, president and founder of Strategic Advisory Associates; and Marc Viggiano, former head of Saab's Traffic Management business and founder of Niteopark.

    Senator Rachel May said,                                                                       

    Assembly member William B. Magnarelli said,

    Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said,

    City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said,

    DRAFT 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 growing UAS industry is central to the regionally designed CNY Rising plan. Through our continued support for the GENIUS NY competition, we will ensure that New York remains at the forefront of this innovative industry, creating new opportunities and jobs for residents in the region for decades to come."

    To learn more about GENIUS NY, visit

    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 $6.3 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. 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.

  • New York’s UAS Central to Attend XPONENTIAL 2020

    Andrew Fish SVP Business and Economic Development of CenterState CEO to Present


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. –UAS Central, an unmanned aerial systems hub located in Central New York,  is pleased to announce that  its attendance at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020.  


    As part of the event agenda, Andrew Fish SVP Business and Economic Development at CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity will present  on behalf of UAS Central. Fish will give an overview of UAS Central as a single entity united behind the goal of increasing awareness and economic development in the unmanned aerial systems industry of Central New Yorkand share examples of how the organization can provide companies with the resources and expertise needed to succeed.


    Fish will also provide updates on the organization’s rebrand and partner relations.


    Specific topics include:

    ·       The recently renovated UAS Central testing site in Rome, New York and the 50 mile unmanned traffic corridor which run to Syracuse, New York. This site is one of only seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the nation and has world-class instrumentation for real-world application and testing.

    ·       Partner relationships with Empire State Development, GENIUS NY, CenterState CEO, NUAIR Alliance and Mohawk Valley EDGE.



    Recently, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Geopipe of New York City is the winner of GENIUS NY’s $1 million grand prize. As the world's largest business competition focused on unmanned aerial systems, GENIUS NY continues to transform Central New York’s economic landscape and ensure New York state remains the leader in the UAS industry. 


    About New York UAS Central

    UAS Central is America’s top place to grow. It’s a unique place to get funded, recruit top

    talent, test your technology and collaborate. We are a place teeming with creative leaders and policy influencers; a home to multi-million-dollar competition and incubators with demonstrated success.




    If you would like to connect with New York UAS Central, visit their virtual booth.

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