ROME (WSYR-TV) - A 50-mile drone corridor launched today between Syracuse and Rome is being touted as the first-of-its-kind in the world.
The stretch will eventually allow companies to test drones without crashing into one another using a specialized traffic management system. Both NASA and the Syracuse-based NUAIR alliance will partner on the future of the project.
Larry Brinker, NUAIR's CEO, described the technology in simple terms as the "system that will prevent the Amazon delivery drone from running into the Dominoes pizza delivery drone."
At least 1,000 jobs will be created by SRC, Inc. as a result of the increased industry growth from the project. SRC's Gryphon Senors helped develop technology that will be part of the corridor.
New York State has already invested over $30 million in Griffis' drone corridor. Right now, companies can only test in a 5-mile radius surrounding the airport, but construction of the larger network from Syracuse to Rome is expected to start by 2018.
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