The Federal Aviation Administration has kicked off operation of a Rome, New York-based unmanned aircraft systems test facility in a move to fulfill the government’s national airspace and agricultural research goals.
Researchers will work to study methods to integrate UAS into the national airspace system and to assess techniques for examining agricultural fields using various kinds of sensors at the , the FAA said Thursday.
“The safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the NAS is our number one priority, but the agricultural research performed in Rome also may have far-reaching benefits to farmers in New York and across the nation,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The Griffiss International Airport team will be able to use a Precision Hawk Lancaster platform under a two-year Certificate of Waiver or Authorization from the FAA.
Agricultural researchers will work to detect unwanted materials and gather crop information in two farm fields, as well as to collect geospatially-referenced imagery.
The Griffiss team also intends to develop safety test procedures and perform research on systems to avoid aircraft collisions.