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The New Jersey UAS Test Site

The New Jersey Unmanned Aviation Systems Test Site (NJUASTS) is the only New Jersey Unmanned Aviation Systems Test Site established by the State of New Jersey.  NJII is the manager and operator of this airspace.

The founding Grant Agreement, made between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) established the New Jersey Unmanned Aviation Systems Test Site (NJUASTS) to advance the integration of Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) across all fields of use while assisting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the resolution of issues pertaining to the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

Through NJII’s program, The NJUASTS leads NJ UAS research activities in support of the mission of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Currently, the New Jersey Unmanned Aviation Systems Test Site enables unmanned aerial research flight campaigns of UAS from less than 50 pounds up to and including Class III Department of Defense systems. Under its broader mission, the NJUASTS supports economic development through the engagement of corporate and academic users wishing to perform research-based UAS missions to develop, integrate and demonstrate technology developments and novel applications of those technologies.


Test Site Scope

The NJUASTS aims to advance the mission of research into the following sample areas: 

  •  Received 18+ FAA Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA’s).

  • Approaching a decade of UAS COA, policy & procedure development​.

  • Successfully managed research flight operations in 7 states and from coast-to-coast​.

  • The NJUASTS does not geographically restrict client engagements to any singular location.

  • Clients do not have to fit their flight ops into a predefined airspace, concept of operation, or location​.

  • The NJUASTS enables complex UAS research flight campaigns throughout the entire continental United States.


The Airspace

The NJUASTS has received authorizations representing over 26,000 square miles of complex operational airspace through multiple FAA Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA’s). This allows the operations of Unmanned Aviation Systems flight campaigns within the National Airspace.

Technologies include:

  • Unmanned aerial cellular payloads

  • Oil pipeline monitoring

  • Shore-to-ship-to-shore medical relief supplies deployment

  • Structural health monitoring

  • Agriculture/land surveying

  • Hyperspectral imaging

  • Wetlands assessments

  • Airborne emergency response

  • Natural disaster coastline monitoring.


About NJII’s Defense Division

The Defense division at NJII works in collaboration to develop, identify, build, and implement innovative solutions that take advantage of emerging technologies. The initiatives enhance national security, protect our military personnel and critical assets, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations.  Click here to learn more

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