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Thales Group, NASA reach agreement for UAS work at Griffiss

Approximately 30 jobs are expected to be created at the UAS Test Site in Rome thanks to an agreement between Thales Group and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 5:12 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 9:38 AM

ROME – Approximately 30 jobs are expected to be created at the UAS Test Site in Rome thanks to an agreement between Thales Group and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In separate press releases, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday that Thales, a global leader in air traffic management solutions, has reached a formal agreement with NASA for a Space Act Agreement to support national and regional efforts to establish UAS traffic management in the U.S.

Under the agreement, Thales will collaborate with NASA at the UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport for research, development, testing and evaluation of low-altitude airspace control of UAS that operate at or below 400 feet.

“Attracting global companies like Thales to the Mohawk Valley was exactly what we envisioned when we sought and secured the FAA Test Site in Rome,” Schumer said in a news release. “NUAIR, Griffiss Airport and their private partners like Thales are national leaders in helping the federal government safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the national airspace. This agreement with help the Test Site continue its important work – and keep the Mohawk Valley at the forefront of the emerging UAS industry.”

“It’s been a privilege to partner with NASA and Thales to secure a contract that will bring high-tech jobs here to the Mohawk Valley," said Tenney. "Thales’ presence in our area will further secure our standing as a vital player in developing defense technology and unmanned aerial capabilities. The Mohawk Valley has the talent and workforce ready to fill these positions. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Thales and NASA as they continue to innovate and lead in defense technology.”

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