New York's Center For Unmanned Aerial Systems

Building the Future of UAS

Driving Policy For Safe Integration of UAS

Our Partners Are Driving Commercial UAS 

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We have 2,900+ UAS supply firms in New York State, with 1,500 in Central New York and Mohawk Valley

"The partnerships at work in NY to implement the UTM corridor is writing another chapter in aviation's rich history of innovation. Allowing safe, beyond visual line of sight UAS operations through detection of manned and unmanned vehicles is the critical next step toward fully recognizing the benefits of this new technology."

Dan Elwell
FAA Deputy Administrator

UAS Secure Autonomous Flight Environment (USAFE)

The UAS Secure Autonomous Flight Environment (U-SAFE) initiative is a State of New York funded program that will help accelerate the integration of low-altitude, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

Over the next five years, U-SAFE will bring key government stakeholders, academia, and industry partners to Central New York to deploy and validate the necesary UAS Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure, safe systems and universal standards for the emerging drone industry. Project U-SAFE will create a low altitude (below 1200') air traffic control system for safe drone operation.

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UTM System Being Developed in New York

Unmanned Traffic Management

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. Currently, there is no established infrastructure to enable and safely manage the widespread use of low-altitude airspace and UAS operations, regardless of the type of UAS.

UTM is a nation-wide initiative being researched and led by NASA. The NUAIR Alliance is working closely with the FAA, NASA, local and national industry teams to develop the critical safety cases that will lead to certification of these systems. A UTM system will be developed, certified and deployed in central New York as part of Project U-SAFE.

The path forward for a state-of-the-art facility being built in CNY

NUSTAR Advisory Committee

The NUSTAR advisory committee will inform the NUAIR Alliance on elements and partnerships needed to build a state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate testing for rapidly changing drone technology. The NUSTAR advisory committee will inform the NUAIR Alliance on elements and partnerships needed to build a state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate testing for rapidly changing drone technology. The project contemplated including the design, permitting, site preparation, construction, commissioning, ownership and/or operation of the facility to test and performance benchmark the airworthiness and cyber security of Unmanned Aerial Systems.

The proposed facility is anticipated to be located in Central New York and include provisions for laboratories, testing facilities, and necessary office support space to conduct a wide range of tests on UAS systems.

With input from the advisory committee and key project stakeholders, NUAIR’s project team will prepare a conceptual facility design that will further define the facility’s functionality, layout and performance specifications. In addition, a siting analysis will be performed by NUAIR’s project team to identify the preferred facility location in the Central New York area. The conceptual design for the facility will serve as the basis for development of a Request for Proposals where detailed technical and financial proposals will be requested. Facility functional requirements and conceptual design are currently in progress and it is anticipated that the facility will have an approximate construction cost/budget of $50-$100 million. The project cost will be further validated as part of the conceptual design developed by the NUAIR project team.

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