High and low altitude UAS testing over a diverse range of land topography and maritime environs in a cool, humid climate.
- World class high altitude test facility with 18 years experience testing for NASA, NOAA and defense and commercial customers
- High Speed and High Altitude Transits available between Alaska and Hawaii test ranges
- Testing powered and unpowered unmanned vehicles from the ground through and above Class A airspace
- Range is headquartered at the new $7M Johnson Near Space Center (NSC) located on the Oregon coast
- Ready access to area W570 above Pacific Ocean.
UAS flights may originate at the Tillamook Airport or elsewhere within the Range. The geography includes maritime, littoral, forest, mountain, valley and both rural and urban environments. While the vast majority of operations will be conducted in Class E and G, the airspace options include virtually all classifications except B. The Range provides easy access from Portland, Salem and Oregon State University.
NSC’s Tillamook airport is a former Naval Air Station that exists today as a low use uncontrolled General Aviation airfield. The 5,000’ main runway has GPS approach/departure. A secondary runway provides cross wind flexibility. Both have precision approach path indicator and lights to support night operations. The 5,000 square foot flight facility has a heated integration hangar and 3-story UAS control tower. The hangar supports payload integration, assembly and preflight preparation of UAS vehicles. It includes an avionics lab with test benches and an altitude chamber.
A dedicated control tower provides range supervision and ground observers and can support a wide range of ground stations and telemetry equipment, offering direct fiber internet connections, weather station, tracking system, air traffic, LOS & Iridium communications.
Tracking aircraft (Cessna 210-5) is available with a flexible telemetry rack system for integration of airborne command and control stations and antennas for providing airborne observers and pilots for escorted UAS operations.
Range personnel through Near Space Corporation (NSC) have extensive experience providing mission planning, safety, operational and flight readiness reviews, along with FAA coordination, real-time tracking, airspace de-confliction, and recovery operations.
Flights originating from the Tillamook UAS Test Range have a wide variety of options for operating at various maturity levels and using airspace to accommodate diverse operational and test requirements. Airfield perimeter (surface-to-1200 feet MSL) – is available for terminal operations: including taxi, take-off and landing/recovery. The field of 100 acres is primarily dedicated to launch and recovery and can also be used for hover testing and initial low speed operational checkouts in a tightly supervised area.
(Surface-to-635 feet MSL for Tier 1, and 3,000-to-10,000 feet MSL for larger vehicles) – provide larger areas for extended operations. Designated hold points initiate escorted operations using NSC’s tracking aircraft and airborne observers. The boxes can be combined to accommodate faster aircraft needing larger areas or multiple vehicles by stacking aircraft with appropriate vertical separation. Transponder-equipped vehicles above 3,000 feet can be tracked by Seattle Center, with NSC providing ADS-B tracking from the ground to 100,000 feet.
Escorted Operations (1200 feet-to-10,000 feet MSL) NSC’s tracking aircraft open up the entire Range for extended operations over a wide diversity of terrain and marine environments by flying supervised routes or to allow UAS operations to transition between loiter boxes or out to the offshore Special Use Areas (W-570 and other ATCAAs).