WindShape, a startup from our lab, in partnership with the New York State UAS Test Site, TruWeather Solutions and the NUAIR Alliance, used industry-leading micro-weather stimulations to test the impact of wind on the air worthiness and performance of various types of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) platforms. The testing took place at the New York State UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York.

“The weather test performed by Windshape in conjunction with TruWeather Solutions and the NUAIR Alliance is a prime example of why Oneida County’s Test Site at Griffiss International Airport is on the forefront of revolutionizing the UAS industry,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

“Micro weather is a primary risk to safe and productive drone operations,” said Don Berchoff, co-founder of TruWeather. “TruWeather envisions a day when weather alerts and predictions are specifically tailored for each drone.  A weather simulator to test and certify drones in varying weather conditions can enable development of drone specific weather analytics to increase drone safety, productivity and revenue generation.”

“We know that weather impacts small drones in a variety of ways and these tests enabled us to evaluate that impact and each platform’s capacity to reject atmospheric disturbances and maintain safe flight,” said Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), chief executive officer, NUAIR Alliance. “This information is incredibly important to the safe integration of drones in the national airspace and ultimately our ability to unlock the commercial potential of UAS.”