- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - Griffiss International Airport has a new partner in drone research.

The former Air Force Base in central New York will team with the Northern Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (NMUASC) to develop standards for integrating unmanned systems into national airspace and for civilian use.

Griffiss already is aligned with the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance), a non-profit coalition of private industry, academic institutions and the military. They’ve been working to operate and manage drone test sites in New York and Massachusetts.

The addition of the Michigan group will add new test sites within the largest airspace east of the Mississippi River. It exceeds 20,000 square miles, nearly a third of it over the Great Lakes.

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