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NOAA UAS Program Participates in Multi-Agency UAS Test Event

Joint UAS Testing at the NIST Test Site tested the UAS across a wide variety of real-world tasks, July 11th-13th.

The NOAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program was invited to participate with counterparts from DHS, DOJ, DOD and civilian emergency responders for a joint UAS assessments. The UAS demonstrations were held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland July 11th-13th. Multiple UAS conducted multiple tasks, and the schedule of the test event follow:

Tuesday (July 11th)
9:00am – 1:00pm – Yuneec
2:00pm – 6:00pm – Drone Aviation Corp
Wednesday (July 12th)
9:00am – 1:00pm – Lockheed Martin
2:00pm – 6:00pm – USMS Working Group Meeting
Thursday (July 13th)
9:00am – 1:00pm – Aeryon
TBD – Draganfly (pending confirmation)

The Joint Testing at the NIST Test Site tested the UAS across a wide variety of real-world tasks with the following tests events offered:


  • Land Accurately (1)
  • Maintain Position (1)
  • Orbit a Point (1)
  • Avoid Vertical Obstacles (1)
  • Avoid Horizontal Obstacles (1)

Situational Awareness

  • Point and Zoom Cameras (1)
  • Inspect Objects (1)
  • Search Wide Area (2)
  • Map Wide Area (2)

Energy and Power

  • Endurance Range and Duration (2)
  • Endurance Range and Duration (3) (with weighted delivery object)
  • Dwell Time (2)*

Radio Communications

  • Attenuated Range (2)


  • Rain Tolerance (3)


  • Visual Acuity (1)
  • Thermal Acuity (2)
  • Remote Viewing Acuity (1)
  • 3D Acuity (3)

This event gave vendors the full range of test opportunities with the option to opt out of any of the tests. John “JC” Coffey represented the NOAA UAS program at this event. Please contact him with any questions.