Oneida County has been awarded $2.5 million in additional task orders through its NASA contract with Griffiss International Airport.

The task orders will be completed over the next year and each have unique objectives related to the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.

They will include vehicle demonstrations, flight simulations and data collection.

“Our test site at Griffiss International Airport continues to be a catalyst for technological advancement and the epicenter for crucial research for the UAS industry,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “These additional task orders are proof positive of our productive partnership with NASA and a testament to the vital work we are accomplishing together.”

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement between NASA and the NUAIR Alliance for drone testing at Griffiss.

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