The USA Drone Port: National Unmanned Robotics Research and Development Center is located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky, a location that provides G-rated Airspace. The location supports research and development opportunities for small and large business, secondary and post-secondary education, and government entities.

USA Drone Port customers have access to unregulated Class G airspace with more than 60,000 square miles of diverse airspace above varied terrain which includes inland lakes, rivers, woodlands, caves, agricultural farmlands, livestock farmlands, national forest, and lock and dam waterway transit areas stretching via a corridor from northern Tennessee, to Kentucky, Virginia and into Ohio.  The varied weather patterns and robust winters in the area provide all-seasons testing capabilities.

 

OUTDOOR TEST ZONE

We have several outdoor areas to select from:  DPZ1, DPZ2, DPID, DPNT, KCPF, KJKL

 
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DPZ1

MULTI-COPTER & SMALL FIXED WING DRONES

DPZ1 is an outdoor test area surrounded by G airspace, used for take-off, landing, test and scientific research, demonstration flights, and instruction or examination flights of multi-copter and small fixed wing drones. This test location offers a 500’ runway, solution shop, landing pad and sheltered areas.


DPZ2

EXPERIMENTAL FIXED WING DRONES

DPZ2 is an outdoor test area surrounded by G airspace, is used for experimental fixed wing drone flights with or without observer, taking off and landing for test, demonstration and scientific research flights. This is a unique test site for more uncommon drones. This test location offers a 500’ runway, solution shop, landing pad and sheltered areas.

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DPID—Coming Soon

INDOOR FLIGHT CENTER

DPID is an indoor flight testing facility that will provide for all-weather testing 24 hours a day.


DPNT-COMING SOON

NETTED TESTING AREA

The Netted test area will allow for comprehensive flight testing and training, day or night, in a safe environment for systems that are either currently in development, testing sensors or attachments to proven drones, or testing/training new methodologies with robotic systems. This netted area is a sandbox for innovation that can cut red tape to experiment with not only aerial systems, but also ground robots and maritime platforms.

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KJKL

LARGE WING DRONES

KJKL is an outdoor test area used for larger unmanned vehicles needing chase plane and access to larger runway, experimental fixed wing drone flights with or without observer, taking off and landing for test, demonstration and scientific research flights. This is a unique test site for larger drones. offering a 4400’ runway and a National weather station nearby.


KCPF

LARGE WING DRONES

KCPF is an outdoor test area used for larger unmanned vehicles needing chase planes and access to larger or multiple runways. This test location offers access for experimental fixed wing drone flights with or without observer, taking off and landing for test, demonstration and scientific research flights. This is a unique test site for larger offering both a 5500’ and 3300’ runways. At KCPF we also have the ability for indoor testing within a hangar facility.

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