Drone management system picked for test site


The organization overseeing the drone-testing corridor between Griffiss International Airport and Syracuse has implemented an air-traffic-control system for unmanned aircraft, a step said to greatly enhance capabilities and getting the test site fully operating.

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance announced Monday that it has chosen the traffic management platform by ANRA Technologies into the New York state unmanned aircraft test site.

The system tracks aircraft through a combination of radar, radio-frequency identification, and satellite-signal technology, explained ANRA technologies CEO Amit Ganjoo.

“Amazon may be doing package delivery. Someone else might be doing a power line inspection,” Ganjoo said. “Our system ensures that that happens safely and securely so things don’t go bumping into each other … If something bad happens the system automatically notifies the relevant stakeholders.

Drone operators can file a flight plan for helping track their craft, but the system also tracks other craft, called non-cooperators, Ganjoo said. The implementation will allow multiple simultaneous operations of unmanned aircraft beyond the operators’ visual line of site, and “keeps NUAIR on the path to bring the test site to full operational capability by early August of this year,” said retired Major General Marke Gibson, chief executive officer of the NUAIR Alliance.

NUAIR overseas the corridor between Rome and Syracuse designated for testing and validating drone operations. It uses Griffiss, the former Air Force base now owned by Oneida County, which is attempting to grow the drone-development business there.


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