Thu August 21, 2014

Makerspace will offer a place for people to tinker

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:29 am

Tony Russo, an engineer, uses tools in the new makerspace in Syracuse, set to formally open in September.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new workshop is getting ready to open in Syracuse. It’ll be a place, known as a "makerspace," for anyone to come and sculpt, cut, weld or print.

Michael Giannattasio is a sculptor and metal worker by trade, but he knows his way around a 3-D printer, too. There are a couple set up in what Giannattasio refers to as the "clean space" in an old Syracuse factory building.

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Wed August 20, 2014

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:51 am

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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Thu August 7, 2014

Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:12 pm

Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.

The Northeast UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, has spent the better part of the year waiting for the FAA's approval to begin testing remotely piloted aircraft.

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Mon July 28, 2014

Capital region takes on zombie properties: New York NOW

Zombie Properties Story begins at 10:40

Dealing with abandoned or zombie properties is a challenge for any municipality. The owner falls into foreclosure, leaving the city to manage the structure and its impact on the community.

Four cities in the Capital Region are hoping the Center for Technology in Government can help them fight urban decay.

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Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:55 am

An MQ-9 Reaper drone in the hanger at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse. (File photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York. 

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