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Building a World-Class Center for UAS Technology

UAS Central is home to one of only seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the nation and has world-class instrumentation that is highly conducive for real-world application and testing. We bring NASA, FAA and other industry partners together in the region to develop and field unmanned and autonomous systems that can safely operate in the national airspace. A coalition of more than 200 private and public entities and academic institutions work together to operate and oversee our UAS test ranges.

Home to the world-renowned Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) with $1 billion in annual R&D expenditures and C4I technology specialization, the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, has world-class instrumentation that is highly conducive for real-world application and testing.

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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 test site’s mission of developing UAS Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems. Hangar and airfield access facilities at Griffiss are newly renovated to support UAS Test Site activity.

UAS Central’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Lab provides complete testing facilities for autonomous guidance, navigation, and control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)s in an indoor environment. The lab is equipped with sophisticated optical tracking and a decentralized wireless ad hoc network (WANET) for real-time telemetry, making it a state-of-the-art test facility to develop autonomous navigation and control of UAVs using onboard sensors and actuators without external navigation aids like GPS or known beacons. The location can be used to test both single vehicles and multi-vehicle formation and synchronization maneuvers.

Whether you are a recent startup, an established regional company or part of a multi-national corporation, UAS Central’s Center For Advanced Systems and Engineering puts the resources of Syracuse University to work to grow your business. CASE can help you set up university-industry research and development collaborations; engage talented students; deliver customized technology workshops and short-courses; host networking events; pursue funding opportunities; commercialize technology; and facilitate access to university resources.

The i3 Workspace at CASE is a fully-equipped prototype development lab designed for industry partners to develop their inventions into functional prototypes and to support UAV/drone-related activities of all kinds. The goal is to assist New York State companies transfer their UAV research into real-world applications.