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Why Ohio

Why Ohio

​Why Ohio?

Ohio has a rich history of aviation going back to the days when the Wright Brothers first pioneered flight in 1903. Today, Ohio remains a national leader in innovative flight research through the aggressive promotion and utilization of unmanned aircraft to improve business operations and quality of life. Ohio is just a one-day drive from more than 60 percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations making it a great location for fostering innovative air and autonomous technologies.

Research and Development

Ohio boasts significant statewide R&D investments and industry-leading research centers. With $12 billion in annual R&D investment, Ohio is home to institutions at the leading edge of advanced aircraft development and space research, including the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) which focuses on four major directives: energy, propulsion, material and sensor technologies, Battelle and the Ohio UAS Center.

No other state can match the resources available for unmanned aircraft research in Ohio. Some of the brightest minds in the world are developing cutting edge technology that is bringing enabling technologies for UAS to the forefront.

Test Infrastructure

Ohio has all the right resources to develop and test UAS technologies. A broad range of state-of-the-art research and laboratory capabilities allow for an unprecedented range of testing opportunities in dedicated environments. Test ranges and related sensor environments are available to allow effective flight tests supporting research and certification efforts.

Colleges and Universities

Ohio is home to seven colleges and universities conducting UAS research and training the next generation in detect-and-avoid technology solutions, systems payloads, components and other applications

Expertise and Workforce

With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and NASA Plum Brook near Sandusky, the state is at the top of the list for aviation specialists in the nation. In addition, the State of Ohio already has approximately 1200 aerospace companies making Ohio a great place to attract UAS companies to develop, test and deploy their technology companies.