• Depth of experience with the design and test of emerging technology in the UAS industry
  • Diverse terrain for operations:  Maritime (open ocean), Littoral, Rural, Urban, Forest, and Mountains
  • Offshore DoD W-570 Special Use Airspace use authority
  • Unique High Altitude COA dedicated to testing UAS in the NAS
  • 6,000 square nautical miles of airspace within Class A Airspace
  • 20,000 square nautical miles of airspace above Class A Airspace, up to 130,000 feet
  • Lower Altitude COAs for extensive testing capability
  • Class E and G up to 16,000 ft for day/night operation of multiple UAS above 55 lbs, 25 nm radius of KTMK, MOA for EEL (A, B, C) access, transit to W-570
  • 32,000 square nautical miles of airspace within Class G (0-1,200 ft AGL), small UAS
  • Hangar and workspace facilities
  • Fully operational tower and dedicated command center
  • FAA coordination, mission planning, and operations oversight
  • Tracking aircraft for airspace deconfliction, telemetry, recovery support, and filming
  • Self contained Mobile Operations Control Center trailer
  • Recovery and tracking vehicles, 25-ton launch crane

Founded and Operated by Near Space Corporation

FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012:  FAA directed by Congress to establish test site program and integrate UAS into the NAS

Selection Process

Completed in consult with NASA and DoD

Considered geographic diversity, climate diversity, ground infrastructure, and research needs

Proposals received from 25 entities in 24 states

Six locations designated

TUTR selected in 2014

Member of Pan Pacific UAS Test Site Team

Operated under University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • Materials characterization
  • Elevated and cold temperature testing
  • Altitude chamber testing (pressure, density,
    and temperature up to 130000 ft std atm)
  • Hangar inflation tests