New York issues ‘Grand Challenge’ to drone companies; NUAIR to manage program from CNY

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State is making it even more attractive for drone companies from all over the world to set up shop in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley.

The NY UAS “Grand Challenge” will offer grants to incentivize companies to come test and advance their drones, and in so doing, invest in the region.

The overall goal though is to have these companies partner up with State agencies.

NUAIR will be managing the program once it is up and running.

NUAIR Ceo Mike Hertzendorf says, “As the State is the number one supporter I think they should be the number one customer. If we can marry up a commercial company with a State agency to help that State agency mature UAS capability or solve one of those problems that a UAS can do then I think we provide that value that the State can then apply resources to other higher priorities.”

The exact launch date is still fluid, but companies are now aware after it was announced during the 2019 NY UAS Symposium at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

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