Over the past decade, Pendleton’s WWII-era airport has become revitalized as an FAA-approved unmanned vehicle test range. The Pendleton UAS Range is currently the most active UAS range on the West Coast with numerous Fortune 500 customers and tenants.
Airport Director Steve Chrisman has been actively involved in this transformation since 2013. Steve also serves as Pendleton’s Director of Economic Development, with his roles at the Airport and the PUR feeding into Pendleton’s Economic Development mission to “attract a new generation of innovators, support established businesses, incentivize strategic investments that improve Pendleton’s economy, and cultivate community growth.”
Pendleton UAS Range (PUR) is one of the nation’s leading UAS testing and development centers – supporting over 23,000 UAS ops last year alone. The Range’s approved COAs allow for large and small UAS operations over 14,000 sq. mi. of Northeastern Oregon, with operations approved to 15,000 MSL. Pendleton boasts over 50 diverse testing environments, and PUR helps connect companies to their desired remote launch and recovery sites in their chosen test environments. Additional resources to note are the fastest fiber and internet access in Oregon (10Gbps/second) and a UAS-friendly air traffic control tower. The Pendleton UAS Range has a variety of hangars, test pads, and small, medium, and large parcels that can be adjusted to meet customers’ needs within the airport’s secure 160-acre UAV Industrial Park. Tenants and partners who choose Pendleton will receive 24/7 access to rapid development tools and machines, remote launch and recovery sites, training facilities, and the Range’s three mobile command centers, including our Drone Operation Vehicle, fixed mission control room with Piccolo Ground Control Station, and Piccolo Link System.