Robust UAS testing infrastructure and facilities, large acreage precision agriculture to forested ranges with sunny, dry climate.
Located in eastern Oregon with 347 days of VFR (weather good enough for visual flight), the Pendleton Range has a wide range of imagery objectives, great weather for flying, and the growing need for UAS services. Range personnel are available to facilitate development, engineering and integration procedures, as well as modeling and simulation requirements and FAA and airspace compliance.
The Pendleton Range has capability to facilitate sensor testing. For extended range operations a chase aircraft is available to assure compliance with current “see and avoid” requirements.
Airport facilities and dedicated UAS operations areas available at Pendleton. A Mobile Operation Center is available for use both on and off the airfield when extra infrastructure is required or to stage a demo to prospective clients. Other ground-based services include providing FAA qualified and current visual observers, customizable facilities/work areas and short to long-term storage.
The Range is equipped to facilitate a productive classroom or conference center environment and integration into the nearly onsite Blue Mountain Community College and their UAS program. Courses can be offered or developed to meet a variety of platforms depending on the need, to include FAA ground school and certified testing. Onsite range personnel are well-experienced team in UAS testing across manned, unmanned with FAA backgrounds that help ensure your mission is completed in a safe and cost effective manner.
The Pendleton Range covers 14,000 square miles in northeastern Oregon. From high desert to 10,000 foot peaks, the underlying land is mostly sparse population with large sections of agriculture and forest. Precision Ag is a growing topic with high value wheat, vineyards and fruit orchards. The Columbia Basin Ag Research Center (OSU field extension) is located minutes from Pendleton, and has started incorporating UAS in its research. Forest fire fighting in this region is an activity that has just begun utilizing UAS for support. Additionally, there are thousands of miles of infrastructure covering transportation, energy, water management, communications and earth monitoring. The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (KPDT) is within Class Delta airspace that is managed by a UAS experienced Control Tower that coordinates closely with the Range and the established National Guard UAS unit.
The Pendleton Range offers 1000’s of miles of infrastructure covering:
- Transportation: Interstates, Highways, Remote Roadways, Rail and Shipping Lanes
- Energy: Power transmission systems and Gas/Product Pipelines and Wind Turbine Farms
- Water Management: Water Supplies, Irrigation Systems, Erosion Control and Dams
- Communications: Fiber Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile Networks and RTK GPS Coverage (CORS Network Integration)
- Earth Monitoring: On Site National Weather Service Station, Land Conservation and Animal Populations
Pendleton Range is rich in customer amenities to help teams work quickly and efficiently. A dedicated UAS Operations Area with 50’x50′ (or greater) work areas is adjacent to a dedicated and paved UAS strip. Customer work areas are wired for 240v, 50amp and 120v, 30amp electrical outlets as well as a water hookup. Also available, is secure Dark Fiber Gigabit hardline access with 100mbps standard speed. This can be upgraded to full Gigabit speeds that tie into one of the fastest data pipelines in the state of Oregon to allow for real-time cloud based data uploads and computing. The airfield additionally has a regular Fixed Base Operator (FBO), several FAA certified repair stations and an onsite restaurant.