Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking Deal Between NASA and NUAIR to Grow Drone Industry in Central New York and Mohawk Valley

NASA to Advise in Further Development of Drone Corridor and Other Unmanned Aerial Systems Projects in New York State

September 28, 2017

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a groundbreaking agreement between NASA and the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance to grow the drone industry in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. The agreement formalizes a partnership in support of two elements of the State's Unmanned Aerial Systems strategy: the launch of the world's first 50-mile Unmanned Traffic Management Corridor and creation of NUSTAR, the most comprehensive UAS test facility in the nation. The announcement was made prior to a demonstration of the first phase of the UTM Corridor in operation, a breakthrough infrastructure asset intending to unlock beyond-visual-line-of-sight commercial operations. That exhibition highlighted the State's commitment to the burgeoning industry and what has become the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation.

"With this groundbreaking partnership and our $30 million investment for the most advanced drone testing in the country, we are establishing Central New York and the Mohawk Valley as the premiere destination for businesses at the forefront of innovation," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in this cutting-edge technology, we are creating a pathway to grow the upstate economy and create good-paying, quality jobs in the industries of the future."

Read the complete press release here.