New York Corridor Will Test Drones That Go Beyond Line of Sight
The corridor is managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance. New York has been laying the foundation for experimentation. As GCN reports:
Over the past five years, the state has put in nearly $70 million to advance the UAS industry in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley, which are now well positioned to conduct advanced 5G testing.
According to the governor’s statement, the corridor will “include an experimentation hub with more than 100 square miles dedicated to 5G beyond-visual-line-of-sight testing and long-range flight paths — a capability critical to the commercialization of safe and secure unmanned aircraft systems.”
Current Federal Aviation Administration regulations require drones to fly 400 feet above the ground and remain in the sight of the operator. The ability to go beyond the line of sight of an operator is crucial to expanding the capabilities of drones, especially in areas such as public safety and agriculture.
“Reliable uncrewed aircraft systems are critical to ensuring the cutting-edge developments in this field can be used to support businesses in the Mohawk Valley and across the state,” New York State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said in a statement. “5G research, which will allow us to safely operate drones on long flight paths and beyond the line of sight, will advance the drone industry by leaps and bounds and expand the range of practical applications.”