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New York's Center For Unmanned Aerial Systems

Ecosystem and Network

Growing UAS Ecosystem

Central New York is one of the emerging global hubs for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Did You Know?

New York is home to one of just seven FAA-designated UAS drone test sites in the United States, at Griffiss International Airport

New York is Leading the research and deployment technologies for safe UAS operations in the nation's airspace

Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance

NUAIR Alliance

The NUAIR Alliance is a New York based not-for-profit coalition of more than 100 private and public entities and academic institutions working together to operate and oversee Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test ranges in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. Headquartered at Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York. NUAIR manages one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States leading research and deployment technologies that establish the case for safe UAS operations in the National Aerospace System.

The NUAIR Alliance is also responsible for managing a $30 million, 50-mile UAS flight traffic management corridor between Rome and Syracuse, which will allow for testing of Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) concepts and technologies, opening up the drone market for drone operators, pilots and engineers, and creating growth opportunities for commercial drone industry software and hardware companies with UAS applications that range from agriculture to construction.

FAA Drone Test Site at Griffiss International Airport

Managed by NUAIR Alliance and home to the world-renowned Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) with $1 billion in annual R&D expenditures and C4I technology specialization, this FAA-designated test site is one of seven in the nation and has world-class instrumentation that is highly conducive for real-world application and testing.

NUAIR, with its teaming partner Griffiss International Airport, has installed state-of-the-art range instrumentation based on primary radar, multilateration, and ADS-B. This air traffic tracking technology, along with an advanced data collection facility, supports the Griffiss Test Site’s mission of supporting UAS Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems development. NUAIR’s hangar and airfield access facilities at Griffiss are newly renovated to support UAS Test Site activity.

Griffiss Business & Technology Park

This is a key asset, not just for the Mohawk Valley, but for all of New York State. The Griffiss Park has attained national recognition for transforming a former Air Force installation into a vibrant business and technology park, and is now home to over 75 businesses and 5700 employees.

Griffiss has development districts with specific focuses in technology, manufacturing, aviation, office, education and recreation. It is the location of choice for diverse organizations that are recognized globally, and for their innovative research, products and services, internationally renowned cyber research, sensor, information security and computer engineering firms and agencies.

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Economic Development and Business Leadership

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.

CenterState CEO works in collaboration with NUAIR and other partners to advance the economic development opportunities that the UAS industry holds for the region, with a focus on business attraction and business development.


New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems


SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems. Led by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE engages faculty, students and collaborators at 200+ firms and institutions to catalyze innovations that improve energy efficiency, environmental quality and resilience in healthy buildings and cleaner, greener communities.

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