Governor Cuomo Announces Partners to Develop Drone Corridor in Central New York

The Multi-Million Dollar Corridor Creates Unparalleled Drone Testing Capability; Supported by CNY Rising - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

May 1, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state-supported Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance has selected key partners in the development of New York's unmanned aircraft system traffic management corridor in Central New York. The corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley, is the first of its kind, and most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. Gryphon Sensors, a world leader in intelligent drone detection, and Raytheon, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, have both received awards to complete the UTM corridor. The overall project will consist of the system planning, design, implementation, commissioning, and operational support of a state-of-the-art UTM research, development, test and evaluation infrastructure.

"This partner selection is just the latest advancement in positioning Central New York and the Mohawk Valley as leaders in the global market for this cutting-edge technology," Governor Cuomo said. "Through our investment in this drone corridor, we are strengthening and growing regional economies for generations to come." 

"As Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, I have seen firsthand the evolution of our work to grow the UAS and UTM industry in Central New York, and today marks another milestone for our Central NY Rising strategy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Today's announcement is great news for the growing number of high-tech jobs in the region and demonstrates our continued commitment to moving Upstate New York forward and rising to new heights."

Read the full press release here.