The New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, will conduct research into automation technology to support high-density vertiport operations as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Project.
Oneida County — which owns the public airport and Federal Aviation Administration-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site — announced on Aug. 11 that it had been awarded an $897,000 task order from NASA for the vertiport automation analysis.
According to a press release, the work will support NASA in understanding barriers to the operation of eVTOL vertiports, developing infrastructure requirements needed to increase their scale, and maturing automation technologies to support the growth of their traffic.
The task will also help mature testing range requirements for the Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, a series of field demonstrations intended to evaluate the readiness of new types of aircraft and airspace management systems. Some of the planned demonstrations will specifically highlight high-volume vertiport operations for passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft.
Oneida County said the task is the latest in a line of orders from NASA and will be executed over the next year. Additional work is expected to be awarded as a result.
“Oneida County’s long-standing partnership with NASA has proven to be a productive one,” stated Oneida County executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “Together, we have conducted crucial research that has led to transformative advancements in the UAS industry. I look forward to the impact this new collaboration will have on the future of this emerging technology.”