The Massachusetts unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test ranges at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) and other test sites in the state will now be operated and managed by Avwatch of Plymouth, Mass.
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, selected Avwatch, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that delivers aerial reconnaissance, real-time full-motion video, and tactical networking services to government and commercial clients.
In its role, Avwatch will assure regulatory compliance in the performance of UAS testing activities and provide operational support for UAS test range customers and users.
The test ranges and the Massachusetts UAS Test Center at JBCC will offer opportunities for existing businesses to expand current operations, as well as promote the development of new business opportunities in the fields of UAS platforms, control systems and payload/sensor development.
In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a group of organizations in Massachusetts and New York, would operate one of six test sites in the U.S. for the development of safe standards for the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.
Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., acts as the partnership’s lead site, with MassDevelopment managing testing facilities at JBCC.