Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance

June 27, 2013
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What is the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)?
We are a regional alliance of private industry, academic institutions and military assets and operations, working together to establish a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the Northeast, based in New York and Massachusetts.

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The Issue: FAA Required to Select Six UAS Test Sites

January 2012 – President Obama signs legislation requiring the FAA to select six UAS test sites by the end of the year (FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012) The purpose of the sites is to conduct research, collect data, etc. for 5 years in order to begin to safely integrate unmanned vehicles and systems into the National Airspace (NAS) These sites are where the industry will proliferate, where jobs will be created and where research and testing will be conducted. Companies, jobs and private and public sector investment will be attracted to these sites.
New York State, particularly Upstate, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have the assets and expertise to be selected as one of these sites.

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Timeline
• February, 2013 – FAA releases their Screening Information Request (SIR) • 50 competitors register

• May 6, 2013 – Deadline for submission of the last of the seven volumes of the SIR • 25 sites complete the application process
• December, 2013 – FAA deadline to selected six test sites

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Why Compete for a UAS Test Site?

70,000 new jobs nationwide in the UAS industry by 2017; 100,000 by 2025
(According to AUVSI The Economic Impact of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States)


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Retain thousands of existing jobs and attract private sector jobs. Attract significant research investment to our companies, colleges and universities. Expand our globally competitive sensor and radar industrial base. NY and MA can meet all the FAA criteria. NY and MA have political support at the local, state and federal level.

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New York State in Top Ten States to grow jobs industry wide
◦ 2,276 jobs, Tax Revenue of $4+ million
(Source: AUVSI)

Test Site Jobs for New York State:
◦ 468 jobs, $10+ million in tax revenue
(Source: AUVSI)

Test Site Jobs for Central New York:
◦ 343 jobs, $5.5 million in tax revenue
(Hickey and Associates, SIR Economic Assessment)

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Civil and Commercial Applications of UAS



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Agriculture Public Safety Cargo delivery Fire response Disaster response Search and Rescue Flood plain surveillance Wildlife monitoring Meteorological research Accident investigations

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Damage assessment Infrastructure monitoring Power line surveillance Broadband communications Aerial news coverage Flood mapping Mail and freight transport Sporting event coverage Border surveillance

More information on non-military applications of UAS can be found here: http://increasinghumanpotential.org/benefits-of-technology/
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Restricted Airspace

R5201 Ft Drum

Restricted Airspace

R5203

26 NM

Ontario Airspace

Hancock International Airport

Adirondack Airspace

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Massachusetts Airspace

Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR): -Otis Air National Guard Base, 102d Intelligence Wing MMR Airspace and UAS activity -20 sq mi. restricted airspace adjacent to areas over water, near Boston flight path -Adjacent littoral warning area

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NUAIR UAS Test Site Advantages
Existing Infrastructure  Griffiss International Airport  174th Air National Guard at Hancock  Fort Drum – Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Base  Air Force Research Labs, Stockbridge and Rome  Cyber NY Alliance, Rome  Eastern Air Defense Sector, Rome  Plattsburgh - - former Air Force Base  Hancock International Airport  Seneca Army Depot  Massachusetts Military Reservation – Otis Air National Guard Base
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NUAIR UAS Test Site Advantages

Academia


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Rochester Institute of Technology (Lead NY Academic Institution) Cornell University Clarkson University Dowling College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cayuga, Jefferson and Onondaga Community Colleges SUNY Binghamton, Morrisville and Buffalo SUNY IT Syracuse University Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Lead Mass. Academic Institution) University of Massachusetts at Lowell Worcester Polytechnic Institute Northeastern University Georgia Tech Research Institute

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NUAIR UAS Test Site Advantages
Private Sector Expertise In New York and Massachusetts:
 SRC, Inc.  Saab Sensis Corp.  Lockheed Martin (Owego and Salina Operations)  Anaren  Allred & Associates  Propulsive Wing LLC  CalSpan  C&S Engineers  Air Innovations • C Speed • Digicom Research Corp. • Sikorsky • MOOG • BAE • PAR Technology Group

Relationships with UAS Industry:
◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Kaman Sikorsky Aurora Raytheon Command and Control Mitre Corporation Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

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NASA Centennial Challenge: UAS Airspace Operations Challenge
◦ NUAIR applied to host and manage UAS Airspace Operations Challenge (not selected)

FAA and DOJ joint “Common Strategy” policy
◦ Policy to allow State and Local Law Enforcement to operate small UAS to be announced in 2013 ◦ NUAIR to facilitate training and certification

NASA UAS into the NAS research

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