The Nevada Drone Industry set a new long-distance record for aerial package delivery flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) under beyond line of sight (BLOS) conditions, the company said.
From the Walker Lake area, the Nevada-headquartered Drone America flight team flew more than 39 miles to deliver a package to the Hawthorne Industrial Airport in Hawthorne, Nevada. The cargo consisted of emergency supplies in a simulated lost hiker scenario. The package was not dropped from the UAV but instead was meant to be recovered from the hold of the fixed-wing platform upon landing.
This record-setting beyond line of sight mission was flown under the Nevada Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Test Site´s FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and led by the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), which manages the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site on behalf of the Nevada Governor´s Office of Economic Development (GOED).
The Governor´s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. Its role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses, and facilitate community development.
The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and FAA-designated Nevada Unmanned Aviation Test Site leads the growth of the Nevada UAS industry through business teaming relationships, collaborating with primary research institutions on UAS research and development, and enhancing the Nevada UAS industry knowledge base to attract new and permanent business and create jobs in the State of Nevada.
Drone America is a providers of autonomous unmanned vehicles, high tech equipment, and services.