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A developer from the 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, presents an unmanned aerial vehicle for NATO representatives from seven countries during a demonstration at Indiana's Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, which is one of several facilities integrated within the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center.
ABOUT THE OHIO/INDIANA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center 


In 2013, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced a unique joint initiative, recognizing that the rapidly emerging role of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in domestic aviation could benefit from the two states’ strong resource base of facilities, research, and industry. The governors directed the integration of several existing facilities in Ohio and Indiana into one comprehensive and synergistic operation.

The mission of the Ohio/Indiana UASC is two-fold: 

  1. Advance the commercialization of technology through research, design, testing, and evaluation and the subsequent certification of systems or system components. 
  2. Support the UAS community in research and development, facilitating safe integration into the National Airspace System (NAS).
​​The UASC provides a diverse mix of restricted air ranges​ for testing and development. Whether the need is for urban, forested, maritime, or open space test facilities; UAV capable airfields; computing and simulation facilities; or access to state-of-the-art academia and industry, the combined capabilities of the Ohio/Indiana UASC can meet the needs of virtually any user in the UAS community. The Center also provides proximity to major federal research locations such as Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB),the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NASA Glenn Research Center, and Navy Crane.

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center is ideally situated to meet the research, development and testing needs of the UAS community.

Ohio and Indiana have established a two-pronged approach. First, the states have established partnerships with industry, academia, and government agencies to share assets. These assets include strong aerospace research, manufacturing, ranges, modeling and simulation, and flight plan development. Second, they commit to improve the assets long-term to best suit the customer’s needs.

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center is the key element in the governors' efforts to expand the UAS industry in Ohio and Indiana, which is among their top economic development priorities. As such, the governors and the states have made the commitment to operate and support the Center.

The Center is formally aligned as a component of the Ohio Department of Transportation with the full support of Ohio and Indiana governmental agencies, including their respective adjutant generals, administrative services departments and economic development organizations as well as the direct attention and oversight of the governors. The Ohio State Legislature also passed a declaration supporting the creation of the Center. ​​