At this year’s Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Symposium, New York will showcase all of the capabilities of their impressive UAS ecosystem.
A test site like NUAIR, Hertzendorf points out, can help move those new technologies to market and ultimately to public adoption. “It’s an aviation industry: that requires rigor and precision. Applying the rigor of aviation risk mitigation to new technologies – that’s the path to pubic adoption.”
Another part of NUAIR’s reach is due to the range of cooperative agreements they hold with other agencies: and to support from the state governemnt. NY Governor Cuomo has established a UAS Center of Excellence, a partnership between industry and academia in the drone industry. Syracuse University’s Autonomous Systems Policy Insititute (ASPI) is also a partner. And economic driver Genius NY is bringing new drone companies to the area to utilize the facilities and help develop the ecosystem.
NUAIR’s 2nd annual Symposium, scheduled for September 16 -18, will showcase all of the capabilities in the NY UAS Ecosystem. “At this year’s symposium we’re going to showcase our UTM testing scenarios. We’ve got a great lineup of thought leaders, including from ASPI. We want to bring in local municipalities and state agencies, so that they can see how we can help them use UAS, and how communities can benefit from the use of UAS.”
“What is most exciting to me is not the drones,” says Hertzendorf, “It’s the economic potential that this technology could have on communities – how can we make New York State better for the people.”
That being said, Hertzendorf is also enthusiastic about new advances in drone technology. “The best is yet to come,” says Hertzendorf. “UTM is the building block. Once we get into urban air mobility and the larger platforms which are out on the horizon, it’s really exciting.”
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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