Nevada and NASA announced Wednesday they are now partners in the drone business.
Gov. Brian Sandoval and Frank Aguilera, deputy director of the Aerospace Systems Program at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, along with other officials, unveiled the new $400,000 NUANCE lab at Reno-Stead Airport north of Reno.
The Nevada Unmanned, Autonomous, and NextGen Collaborative Environment Lab will enable NASA researchers and students with the University of Nevada, Reno, to create drone simulations. The new project is expected to get under way by the end of the month.
Sandoval said Nevada’s crucial role in the development of unmanned aerial systems started in 2013 when the Federal Aviation Administration designated the state as one of six locations for commercial drone research.