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NIAS and NASA to resume drone testing in downtown Reno

City of Reno helping to facilitate testing, wants public to be aware of traffic and pedestrian impacts

Post Date:06/12/2019 9:23 AM
Earlier this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) to participate in the Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 drone operation that will test flying in higher-density urban areas. The City of Reno is a participant in this program and will help facilitate testing in the downtown Reno area from June 14-28, 2019.

The City of Reno is also a participant in the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Unmanned Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP) and will help facilitate testing in the downtown Reno area from June 29 to July 3, 2019.

Below are key dates and locations for the media and public to be aware of (testing dates are subject to change for reasons such as weather):

Downtown Reno - June 14-20, 23-25

  • Street closure: Lake Street from 1st to 2nd Street from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Update: Lake Street closure will be in effect on June 21 as well.)
  • Some pedestrian restrictions from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • City Plaza restricted to only NIAS use and fenced off to the general public on all of the days listed above.
  • No City vehicles will be permitted to park at the City Plaza during this time.
  • No flying on June 21 (Cycle Nation) and June 22 (Reno Rodeo Parade) on the City Plaza.

Chism Street - June 14-July 2

  • Street closure: Chism Street from Dickerson to 2nd Street.
  • NIAS is responsible for maintaining City of Reno road closure street signs.

Idlewild Park - June 26-28* and July 1-2 and contingency flying on July 3

  • Street closure: Mastroianni Drive from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Some pedestrian restrictions from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • *Flying times restricted until 1 p.m. on June 28 due to Food Truck Fridays special event.
  • No flying on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

The public is asked to respect all closures, and their patience and cooperation is appreciated during the testing period.

The City of Reno is currently participating in three drone testing programs. Participation allows residents to provide input that will be shared with the FAA and utilized to determine policy and regulations related to the safe integration of drones. The City of Reno is the only city in the country involved in all three of these testing programs.

For more information, and to provide feedback, visit Reno.gov/UAS. The City encourages local residents to fill out the feedback forms.

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