PlanetM Mobility Grants provide aid to mobility startups and corporations to test, validate and prove out new technologies on Michigan roadways and air space, or at one of the state’s premier testing facilities, including the American Center for Mobility (ACM), Mcity at the University of Michigan and GM Mobility Research Center at Kettering University.

Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) at Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Calumet and the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC) in Alpena are the newest PlanetM testing facility partners. These organizations will ensure testing opportunities are available statewide and join the ACM, Mcity and Kettering University as testing, education and product development centers for connected and automated vehicles.

Alpena, MI – Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC) to become an official UAS test range of the FAA designated UAS Test Site, Griffiss International Airport (GIA). GIA, one of the seven test sites designated by FAA, has been authorized by FAA to pursue in partnership with MUASC, unmanned aerial systems testing within Michigan airspace. This milestone step was made possible through a Teaming Agreement with the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) in September 2014.

Under its partnership with MUASC, the GIA-NUAIR team has begun the evaluation process, that, when successfully completed, will lead to MUASC authorization to conduct test range operations. The completion of this evaluation gives the aviation community assurance that UAS operations will be safely conducted at the MUASC range under the supervision of the proven Griffiss-NUAIR team.

Syracuse, NY – The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance) and Griffiss International Airport announced today a new partnership with the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC). The organizations have signed a teaming agreement to cooperate in the development and operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the Northeast. The addition of Michigan-based MUASC to NUAIR’s existing two-state alliance of New York and Massachusetts will expand the key service offering of the alliance, add new test sites capabilities, expand international connections and create synergies and joint opportunities for the benefit of all three states.

“This new partnership with MUASC builds on this alliance’s current capabilities and helps to better position the consortium for the future commercial market,” said Lawrence H. Brinker, NUAIR Alliance Executive Director and General Counsel. “This new partnership has the potential to advance the research and development of new technologies and processes. We look forward to working with MUASC and paving the way for additional test flights in the coming months.”