SOAR Oregon, a statewide nonprofit based in Bend, has opened a new, 9,600 square-foot hangar at Pendleton´s UAS Range (PUR), which will be officially opened at a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, June 10, the company said.
In November of 2016, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) partnered with SOAR Oregon on the flight test project for Vahana, an electric, self-piloted vehicle being developed by AÂ³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley. As a result of this partnership, Vahana will be the first occupant of the new hangar located at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.
SOAR Oregon is a 501(c)(6), state-funded nonprofit initiative through the Oregon Business Development Department and the Oregon Innovation Council nonprofit established to foster growth in Oregon´s rapidly evolving Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry.
Since the spring of 2014, SOAR Oregon has awarded USD 327,000 in grants for Oregon-based UAS projects and facilitated an additional USD 1 million in private industry investment. SOAR Oregon also supports ongoing research projects by promoting Oregon´s three FAA-designated UAS Test ranges in Tillamook, Pendleton and Warm Springs and facilitates public-private partnerships between education and industry.