Federal Drone Testing Coming to Upstate New York

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced six sites across the country for the testing and research of unmanned aerial vehicles, with the hopes of developing a plan for the ways they’ll be integrated into national airspace in 2015. An academic and industry group called NUAIR was awarded one of those slots, and will conduct drone research in central New York and Massachusetts.

NUAIR’s work will be based out of Griffiss International Airport in Rome, though according to Syracuse.com, it is not yet clear whether the FAA’s nod will mean more drone flights in the region.

“This unmanned air systems research and testing will usher in jobs while benefiting key industries, like agriculture and logistics,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of the decision. “I have no doubt that with this announcement Central and Northern New York will become the Silicon Valley of unmanned systems advancements.”

Be not afraid of your new flying robot friends, upstaters. Be not afraid.

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