The unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., has conducted its very first test flight.
The UAS flight came from Logos Technologies, which used a powered parafoil system, combining a fabric wing – essentially, a parachute – with an aircraft fuselage. Beyond the parafoil system’s ability to carry significant loads for its weight class, the parafoil provides increased safety over traditional UAS, according to a release issued by Oneida County, N.Y.
This UAS is a test bed designed to further develop Logos’ flight-control approach for inexpensively delivering supplies to dispersed units. Dr. Wade Pulliam, director of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies, says the flights allowed the company to obtain “valuable data that will be critical to [Logos’] development of parafoil systems for military and commercial applications.”
The New York test site, which also includes airspace in Massachusetts, is managed by the nonprofit Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance. It is one of the six sites across the U.S. that were chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct UAS research and testing in order to integrate the aircraft into national airspace.
‘Through these first successful operational flights, the NUAIR Alliance and its partners have met a significant mandate for this test site,’ says Larry Brinker, executive director of the alliance. ‘This is an exciting step into the future of aviation and the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems.’