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The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Testing in MA Seminar on April 8, 2014

The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Testing in Massachusetts seminar
brought together close to 100 attendees from
industry and academia to state and government/military representatives. H.
Carter Hunt, Vice President Defense Sector Initiatives at MassDevelopment,
Joint Base Cape Cod, discussed the formation of NUAIR – the Northeast UAS
Airspace Integration Research Alliance – made up of public organizations,
private entities and academic institutions working together to establish FAA
designated test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in New York and
Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts/New
York team is one of 6 FAA test sites awarded 31 December 2013.  Still in its infancy – NUAIR is working with
the other 5 sites to establish standards for operating and communicating.
has several standard requirements necessary prior to receiving a Certificate of
Authorization in order to fly at the test range in and around the Joint Base
Cape Cod.   These include a flight plan,
risk management plan, safety plan, operating plan, license agreement, insurance
coverage, etc.  For more information go
to the Mass Development web site www.massdevelopment.com
(The MassDevelopment presentation is posted on the robotics cluster page under
past events)
diverse panel included:
  • Waseem
    Naqvi – NUAIR Board Member, AUVSI NE Vice President – Raytheon, Director
    Advanced Technology Programs
  • Frank
    Serna – NUAIR Board Member, AUVSI NE President, Co-Chair NDIA Systems Engineering
    Division and Principal Director, Strategic Initiatives at Draper
  • Jason
    Walker – Lead Roboticist, Director of Operations, CyPhy Works Inc.
  • Adam
    Norton – UMASS Lowell New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation
    (NERVE) Center Manager

gave their views on the future potential UAV applications from agriculture to
structural inspection and from crowd sourcing to environmental monitoring and
entertained questions from the audience for nearly an hour and a half.  There was no lack of questions from the
you to everyone who came out today in the rain storm – and to our speaker and
panelists – and to IBM for a great venue!

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