Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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35 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. "Our team of executive advisors can with work teams on a one-on-one basis, connecting them with industry professionals for guidance on business strategy and high-level mentor- ing," said Jon Parry, director of Genius NY. "Money is the immediate draw with Genius NY, but the reality is that some teams can raise capital on their own. What really draws some more experienced teams are the intangible as- sets we bring." A unique aspect of Genius NY is that in the first three months, finalists do not yet know their prize ranking. "In those three months, they really refine their business plans, their go-to-market strategies," Parry said. "On fi- nals night, in March, the six teams pitch their business cases, and the executive advisors pick the winners. Still, the finalists know coming in that they have at least $250,000 in invest- ment, and in this three months, each team still receives a $10,000 a month stipend and the housing subsidy, so they have enough to pay the bills. It's just that the larger funding gets unlocked in March." Afterward, all six teams spend another nine months working on their projects, culminat- ing with a demonstration for investors and program judges. During this phase, instead of competing, the finalists will actually work together, sharing technology and resources. After this demo, follow-up incubation is of- fered with additional funding as incentive to continue operating in central New York. Central New York Opportunities Genius NY, which is funded with $5 million from Empire State Development, New York's department of economic development, is part of the state's increasing focus on unmanned systems. For example, the state is investing roughly $250 million in unmanned systems over the next five years as part of its Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Central New York is an emerging hub of un- manned systems technology, The region hosts to one of six Federal Aviation Administration- designated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites in the United States at Griff iss International Airport. This site is managed by the NUAIR Alliance, a partnership of more than 90 private, public, academic partners. NUAIR is helping to develop a ground- based sense and avoid system, deploying state- of-the-art range instrumentation to track UAS in the air. NUAIR is also managing a $30 mil- lion, 50-mile UAS f light traffic management corridor between Syracuse and Rome, New York. The aim is to test Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) concepts and technologies, one of the capabilities widely seen as essential to opening up the drone market applications that require longer f lights to be both logisti- cally and economically practical. Central New York is also home to Fort Drum and the New York Air National Guard 174th Attack Wing. Fort Drum's aerial-to-ground gunnery range is one of the largest drone practice areas east of the Rocky Mountains, while the 174th Attack Wing was the first Air National Guard Unit to f ly the MQ-9 drone, also known as the Predator B. The 174th Attack Wing is also the only Air Force organization in the United States to f ly the MQ-9 in class "C" airspace, the common airspace around com- mercial airports, and it conducts qualification training for MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators and trains all MQ-9 maintenance technicians for the Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. "A number of companies inf luential in the industry can also be found in the region, such as Lockheed Martian, Saab Sensis, SRC, " MONEY IS THE IMMEDIATE DRAW WITH GENIUS NY, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT SOME TEAMS CAN RAISE CAPITAL ON THEIR OWN. WHAT REALLY DRAWS SOME MORE EXPERIENCED TEAMS ARE THE INTANGIBLE ASSETS WE BRING." Jon Parry, director, Genius NY Left: GENIUS NY teams visit Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, home to one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States. (From left) Ed Koch, AutoModality, Dan Albert, SkyOp, Brian Pitre, SkyOp, Jon Parry, Director of Genius NY, Bill Abrams, Omnimesh, Marty Marra, EZ3D, Brian Cavanaugh, Omnimesh, Dr. Prabhakaran, Akrobotix, Matt Snyder, Omnimesh, Tony Basile, Director of Operations for NUAIR.

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