Governor Cuomo announces partners to develop drone corridor in CNY


Governor Andrew Cuomo 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.

In November 2016, Governor Cuomo announced a $30 million state investment to develop the 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome.. Within this corridor, strategic investments will accelerate industry growth by supporting emerging uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in key industries, including agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure, and public safety.

The corridor enables companies to test both UAS platforms and UTM technologies in real world settings, generating data that will inform industry and regulators and advance the commercial use of drones. This multimillion dollar effort that is part of Central New York Rising, Phase II of the UTM corridor, will advance Project UAS Safe Autonomous Flight Environment and enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations in the defined 50-mile corridor.

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