ROME – Oneida County has been awarded an additional $2.5 million for tasks to be completed through its contract with NASA to test drones at Griffiss International Airport.
The funding is being used for task orders that are expected to be completed over the next year, and they’re related to the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. national airspace, according to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente’s office.
The first task will be for NASA to assess individual vehicle technology as state-of-the-art through a test site concept of operations, and the Griffiss Test Site will perform state-of-the-art vehicle operations across one or more unique UAS operating environments identified by NASA.
For the second task, the Griffiss Test Site will implement hardware and software solutions to collect data that’s required for UAS traffic management research. They will also conduct a series of flight demonstrations using both actual and possible simulated operations.
“Our test site at Griffiss International Airport continues to be a catalyst for technological advancement and the epicenter for crucial research for the UAS industry,” Picente said in a news release. “These additional task orders are proof positive of our productive partnership with NASA and a testament to the vital work we are accomplishing together.”