Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it’s an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory.
NCET members might remember a tour of the DRI Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at a past NCET Tech Wednesday. On September 12, 2018, there is another great opportunity to learn about this fascinating technology at the Patagonia Outlet in downtown Reno.
You’ve probably heard about the groundbreaking genetic research study Desert Research Institute and Renown Health have undertaken with leading personal genetics company, 23andMe. Funded by Renown Health Foundation and Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, this pilot study offers community members the opportunity to volunteer for research while also gaining access to their individual genetic information at no cost.
Officials in Nevada say they see broad horizons for the unmanned aerial systems industry following the posting of federal aviation rules designed for small drone aircraft. As one of six states picked in 2013 for Federal Aviation Administration-authorized testing — and the first in 2014 to be able to issue airworthiness certificates — the Silver State is emerging as a key hub for the drone industry, said Chris Walach, operations director for unmanned aviation at the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems.
The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) today announced the launch of a new video showcasing The New Nevada and why more and more businesses are moving to Northern Nevada. Featured are Switch (data center), Clear Capital (software analytics), and Flirtey (drone development), all companies that recently moved to the Greater Reno-Sparks area to grow or start a business. Executives share some of the key reasons they made the move and why Reno is a Little City with a Big Attitude.
Drones, once regarded as only military weapons or hobbyists’ toys, appear poised to become mainstream in the United States and already have become big business in Nevada. Steve Hill, executive director the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has estimated Nevada’s drone industry could have an economic impact of up to $8 billion annually.
Business leaders in the region will join the Northern Nevada Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP) on Thursday, March 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the application of Big Data concepts and tour the DRIVE6 3-D Virtual Reality Laboratory, one of only two such facilities in the nation. It is located on the campus of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Registration will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.