Nevada Drone Testing Sites Prepare to Launch
RENO, Nev. -- A new multi-billion dollar industry is on the verge of getting off the ground in Nevada. Drones will soon take to the sky from six testing sites around the state.
Drone America in Reno is waiting for the governor's office to submit a plan to the FAA. That should happen within the next few months and then drone testing can start. The CEO says millions of dollars worth of contracts will go into effect once they're cleared to fly.
Drone America CEO Mike Richards plans for the sky actually started on the water.
"That feeling you get when you help save somebody sticks with you," said Mike Richards, CEO of Drone America.
Ten years ago he was jogging when he saw three teenagers flip their canoe in Lake Tahoe. Pulling the freezing and near-drowned teens onto land gave him an inspiration. He decided to build machines that could help save lives.
Nevada selected as an FAA test site
RENO, NEVADA- December 30, 2013- Drone America is excited to announce that Nevada was chosen as one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone ) test sites. Nevada was one of six sites picked from 25 applicants from 24 states. The FAA will use these sites to develop and test standards for UAS.
According to a FAA press release,"Nevada’s project objectives concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. The applicant’s research will also include a concentrated look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with the introduction of UAS into the civil environment and how these aircraft will be integrated with NextGen. Nevada’s selection contributes to geographic and climatic diversity."
FAA To Soon Pick Sites For Commercial Drone Testing
Six states will soon be chosen as commercial drone test sites. So major companies like Amazon say they're hoping to use drones to ship products. But first, the Federal Aviation Administration has to figure out how to fly them safely in civilian airspace. Nevada is one of the states that wants to give commercial drones a try, as Will Stone from member station KUNR reports.
WILL STONE, BYLINE: In the backroom of his office, Mike Richards readies his company's drone, the Aerial. With the flip of a joystick, two propellers kick into action.
STONE: Richards is C.E.O. of Drone America - a Reno-based small business that's trying to develop the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Drones could help cloud seeding
Testing set to start in Walker River drainage in fall 2014
Efforts to coax a little extra punch out of the Sierra’s winter storms could soon involve the use of drones, with the unmanned aircraft potentially offering significant benefits when it comes to boosting the region’s water supply and putting more snow on its ski slopes.Hopes are high that nature will offer a decent snow season after two dry years in a row. Still, Reno’s Desert Research Institute is ready to go with a proven cloud-seeding program designed to squeeze additional moisture out of those storms that do arrive.
In the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, funding provided by regional water suppliers will allow continued operation of five mountaintop generators that spray particles of silver iodide into storm clouds, enhancing ice particle formation and boosting snowfall
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RGJ: Drones could help cloud seeding
Efforts to coax a little extra punch out of the Sierra’s winter storms could soon involve the use of drones, with the unmanned aircraft potentially offering significant benefits when it comes to boosting the region’s water supply and putting more snow on its ski slopes.
Hopes are high that nature will offer a decent snow season after two dry years in a row. Still, Reno’s Desert Research Institute is ready to go with a proven cloud-seeding program designed to squeeze additional moisture out of those storms that do arrive.
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