Test Sites

Nevada Team Goes Beyond Line of Sight with Cloud-Seeding Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Nevada’s unmanned cloud-seeding research team has realized another fundamental capability in its effort toward enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions of the West. On Feb. 15, the team completed a one-hour drone flight that took place beyond the visual line of [Read More]

Drone Delivery Canada Brings its Work to Alberta UAS Test Site

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has formalized an agreement to expand its testing from the Waterloo, Ontario, region to Foremost, Alberta, which has an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range. DDC, based out of Vaughan, Ontario, focuses on the design, development [Read More]

Vanilla Aircraft Boasts 56-Hour Flight Time for VA001 UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Under the authority of the New Mexico unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, Falls Church, Va.-based Vanilla Aircraft LLC recently completed a nonstop, non-refueled 56-hour flight of its VA001 drone. The flight was submitted for a world duration record for [Read More]

North Dakota UAS Test Site Nets Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Authorization

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a certificate of authorization (COA) for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota to oversee unmanned aircraft operations that go beyond the line of sight of the operator, according to U.S. [Read More]

UAS Action in North Dakota: Senator Reviews the Latest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., led a roundtable with U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and officials from Grand Sky, the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and the North Dakota University System. Grand Sky [Read More]

N.J. Airport’s New Center to Test Airplane Inspections via Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

Luftronix Inc., maker of Fused Flow precision navigation technology for unmanned vehicles, is opening a test and demonstration center at the Cape May County Airport (KWWD) in Cape May, N.J. Using drones, Luftronix will conduct airplane inspections and test for [Read More]

Noise Concerns Addressed at New York UAV Test Site

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2016

New York’s Griffiss International Airport, home to one of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone test sites, says it is looking into noise concerns posed by the ArcticShark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which has recently been appearing in the Griffiss [Read More]

Senator: UAS Integration Lies in BVLOS Ops, Traffic Management

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 28, 2016

Speaking at the Drone Focus monthly meet-up last week in Fargo, N.D., U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., stressed that beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations and unmanned traffic management (UTM) are key to demonstrating that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can be safely integrated [Read More]

Praxis Aerospace Notches Milestone With N.Y. UAS Test Site

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 18, 2016

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc. (PACI) has been delegated mission command authority from the New York unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, operated by Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. Founded in 2011, PACI is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business [Read More]

New York Makes Big Investment in UAS Traffic Management Corridor

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 11, 2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced a $30 million investment to develop a 50-mile flight traffic management system in the state.

Mississippi Joins Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 09, 2016

The state of Mississippi has joined Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii as a full member in the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)-led Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s seven unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites. [Read More]

Boulder, Nev., Green-Lights Land Lease for Commercial Droneport

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 27, 2016

The city council of Boulder, Nev., has green-lighted a 20-year land lease for Aerodrome to build what the company has called the world’s first commercial droneport and teaching facility. According to coverage from the Boulder City Review, the council’s unanimous [Read More]

Tillamook Range Tests Drone Flights at the Edge of Space

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

Near Space Corp. (NSC), operator of the UAS test range at Tillamook, Ore., says it successfully flew a drone from the edge of space to operate as a surrogate test bed for technologies supporting new suborbital reusable launch vehicles (SRLVs) [Read More]

Chipotle at Virginia Tech: Food Delivery via UAS Takes Another Step Forward

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 08, 2016

Through the drone tests, Project Wing and Virginia Tech will explore food-delivery constraints such as time, temperature, frequency and packaging.

UAS Simulates Medical Cargo Delivery on Maryland Shore

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 06, 2016

The University of Maryland (UMD) Shore Regional Health and the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site at UMD recently conducted what they say was the state’s first civil unmanned aerial delivery of simulated medical cargo. Engineers from UMD flew a [Read More]

Oregon UAS Test Range Green-Lighted for Flights up to 9,999 Feet

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 26, 2016

Oregon’s Pendleton UAS Test Range (PUR) is now one of two ranges in the U.S. with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for UAS flights up to 9,999 feet, during the day or night, and within the visual line of sight. [Read More]

Texas A&M’s Lone Star UAS Center Gains Access to NASA Network

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 11, 2016

Thanks to a new partnership, the Lone Star UAS Center (LSUASC) of Excellence and Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be able to monitor a NASA unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight as it is happening across the country. A [Read More]

Texas High School Students Graduate from University’s Drone Summer Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 11, 2016

Twenty high school students recently attended the second annual Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Summer Institute, held July 25-29 at the Island University. The camp was hosted by the College of Science and Engineering and the Division [Read More]

Aurora Aims to Establish Optionally Piloted Aircraft Ops in Wise County, Va.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 02, 2016

Manassas, Va.-headquartered Aurora Flight Sciences is planning to expand operational testing of its Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) to Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise County, Va. Through this endeavor, Aurora aims to continue advancing the Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission’s progress [Read More]

New Mexico Joins the Ranks of Federal UAS Test Sites

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 21, 2016

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says his measure to solidify southern New Mexico’s position as a test center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been signed into law as part of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. [Read More]