Nevada Autonomous

Nevada is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of seven states to serve as a center for the development and testing of unmanned autonomous vehicles and systems. Nevada Autonomous manages Nevada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site activities statewide, bringing leadership, know-how and a focus on safety to each opportunity and test.

Nevada Autonomous collaborates with business and industry, government agencies and research institutions, notably the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Desert Research Institute, all part of the Nevada System of Higher Education and all conducting aspects of aeronautical, autonomous vehicle and robotics research.

The Nevada Autonomous team envisions creating a beyond-visual-line-of-sight corridor for aerial and vehicular testing that extends from Reno to Las Vegas, a north to south connection extending roughly 500 miles.

Program services

  • Assisting with development of grant and contract proposals in current and emerging research areas of unmanned aircraft systems and aerial mobility
  • Fostering collaborations between industry and research institutions
  • Providing operations space and support to startup companies developing autonomous systems technology
  • Providing operational support for UAS Test Site activities including airworthiness, personnel certification, operations management, location assessment, Certificate of Authorization development and safety management


For more information and access to Nevada Autonomous services, please email

Affiliated with the University?

University policy guides the requirements for the purchase, registration and use of unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones, at or in association with the University. The policy applies to University employees, units, students, organizations and other university-related individuals, and to any University owned or managed location. See the University Administrative Manual, policy #5030, for more information.

Two drones flying in downtown Reno, Nevada