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​​Welcome to the Ohio UAS Center

The Ohio UAS Center serves as the state's one-stop shop for UAS technology, connecting government, industry, academia to advance the use and commercialization of UAS technology.


 UAS Center Operations

The Ohio UAS Center operates as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative because unmanned aircraft systems and autonomous/connected vehicles are parallel technologies.
Ohio is systemically working to put unmanned aircraft to work supporting a broad range of business operations. Project surveying, infrastructure inspection, project monitoring, environmental survey, resource survey, corrections facility surveillance, police and firefighting support are among a few of the areas where Ohio is working to put unmanned aircraft to work supporting the work of state and local government operations.
Statewide data collection operations include:
  • Bridge Inspections
  • Aerial Photography/GIS
  • Exterior / Interior Inspections
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Traffic Monitoring
  • Quick Clear Operations
  • Emergency Management
  • Communications / Promotional Videos
  • Structures/Facilities Inspections

 UAS News Around Ohio


Safely Integrating Drones into the National Airspace​

Volpe has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Department of Transportation to test technologies that may enable safe and efficient flight of small drones.

Link: Read the full article at Volpe

​Ohio cities vie for $36M for projects including drone research

About a half a dozen Clark and Champaign County entities have filed requests seeking a total of nearly $36.5 million in potential federal funding, including $15 million to make Springfield a hub of drone research and manufacturing.

Link: Read the full article at Government Technology

Drones play critical role in Ohio agricultural research​

A new hangar for unmanned aircraft is part of a $1.2 million investment by the Clark State-Ohio Center for Precision Agriculture.

Link: Read the full article at Government Technology

FAA grant another Waiver for over-people drone flights​

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has granted a Part 107 waiver to Columbus, Ohio based CivitasNow for the operation of a helium filled Aerotrain Skye tethered drone over people on the ground.

Link: Read the full article at Unmanned Aerial Online

​Ohio company develops Drone Defender

Small remote controlled aircraft, also known as drones, are taking to the skies of the Miami Valley with increasing frequency. Hobbyists, bridge inspectors and, yes, even TV stations are using them to get a bird's eye view of whatever is happening below. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates there are 700,000 of them now in use nationwide and that number is estimated to explode to about 7 million by 2020.

Link: Read the full article at WHIOtv.com
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 Ohio UAS Center
4170 Allium Court
Springfield, Ohio 45505




Fred Judson, Director
Jordan Collins, UAS Program Administrator
Richard Fox, GBDAA Operations Manager
David Gallagher, Chief of Staff/Flight Operations Manager