On behalf of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, a non-profit corporation, leads the growth of the Nevada Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Industry through business teaming relationships, collaboration with primary research institutions, and helping enhance the UAS industry knowledge base in order to attract new and permanent business within the State of Nevada.
The NIAS mission is to coach, teach, and mentor public and commercial UAS companies as well as their staff to develop advanced and innovative UAS applications, procedures, techniques, and technologies to facilitate safe integration into the NAS as mandated by Congress. NIAS has the unique mission to plan and execute UAS flights in collaboration with Nevada teammates, collect FAA flight performance data, and develop enhanced National Airspace safety control measures. NIAS recommends unmanned aviation lessons learned to the FAA and NASA.
In 2012 Nevada began a robust effort to secure the FAA designation as one of the six UAS test sites established to assist with the integration of UAS into the NAS. In July of 2013 GOED entered into a grant agreement with NIAS to provide oversight of the program management office and Nevada’s bid for the test site. The NIAS board was formed and on December 30, 2013 Nevada was designated as one of six official UAS test sites.