USA Drone Port

National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center

USA Drone Port, National Unmanned Robotics Research and Development Center, located in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky has G-rated Airspace provides research and development opportunities for small and large business, secondary and post-secondary education, and government entities. The USA Drone Port will not only serve unmanned aerial vehicles, but in future phases, will accommodate unmanned land vehicles as well as unmanned aqua pods. Private, government, and military institutions have the opportunity to utilize the facility to research and develop unmanned systems technology including aerial, terrestrial and aquatic vehicles.  The facility will include a 500 foot runway, multiple helipads, an advanced manufacturing and 3-D printing facility, office space, an indoor unmanned systems technology testing facility, and a hangar suitable for two military Predator Drones and multiple smaller aerial drones once completed.  The facility will be fully equipped with highest speed internet access available used by research and government facilities known as Internet 2.  Secondary and post-secondary education will have access to classroom space.

The USA Drone Port, is a pioneering new aeronautics facility located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky near Hazard, Kentucky. Just as our coal industry once looked beneath the earth for the source of its commercial assets, today the Drone Port looks to the skies for its own most important strategic advantage—accessible Class G airspace that enables beyond-the-line-of-sight testing and refinement of emerging drone technologies. Suddenly it has been possible for our rural site to step up and become a world leader in helping to develop emerging autonomous vehicle technologies that are rapidly transforming everything from unmanned door-to-door package delivery to monitoring agricultural production to search and rescue operations.

 
 

The next step of our project is to begin development of an indoor flight testing facility and peripheral infrastructure that will provide for all weather testing 24 hours a day. This facility will be the first state-of-the-art indoor flight facility within the United States that is completely available to private industry, government, and educational institutions for drone research and development.

 

Our Vision

USA Drone Port will access our region's creative assets to craft a world class unmanned vehicle research, development, training and education facility. The USA Drone Port strives to be the premiere model for innovation to reinvent the economy of Eastern Kentucky and help move the Commonwealth to emerging global industries.

 

Safety

We at the USA Drone Port want you to succeed in your UAV flight experiences and frequently offer a Introductory UAV workshop to give you the basic safety guidelines for operating your drones. Check out our education page for current listing of classes including FAA 107 Exam Prep, Integration of drones into Search and Rescue environments and much more.

 
 

About Us

The partners have an ambitious plan to strengthen the local economy engaging national and international robotic manufacturers while growing the talent density in high tech careers related to drones and robotics in the region. The working board representing these parties/partners can be found below.

 

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The USA Drone Port, also known as the National Unmanned Robotic Research & Development Center, is a pioneering new aeronautics facility located in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky near Hazard, Kentucky. Just as our coal industry once looked beneath the earth for the source of its commercial assets, today the Drone Port looks to the skies for its own most important strategic advantage—accessible Class G airspace that enables beyond-the-line-of-sight testing and refinement of emerging drone technologies. Suddenly it has been possible for our rural site to step up and become a world leader in helping to develop emerging autonomous vehicle technologies that are rapidly transforming everything from unmanned door-to-door package delivery to monitoring agricultural production to search and rescue operations.

 

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