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Innovation Takes Flight

The Oregon UAS Accelerator is Oregon's only Center of Innovation Excellence dedicated exclusively to autonomous systems and robotics. The Accelerator awards $40k non-dilutive grants semi-annually for the purpose of helping small to mid-sized startups—working individually or collaboratively—to commercialize their innovations. Selected startups receive a minimum of 6 months of free access to workshop space, hot desks, Autodesk development software, skilled mentors, UAS training, investment training, and secure storage, as well as onsite coaching from our highly experienced team of flight test professionals.


The Accelerator is based at Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (PDT), co-located with the Pendleton UAS Range, one of the busiest UAS ranges in the nation. Covering over 14,000 square miles and permitting operations to 15,000 MSL, Innovators gain access to innumerable flight test environments and unparalleled flight test infrastructure, all anchored by a UAS-friendly ATC tower, an ILS system, and a primary runway over 6,300 ft. No UAS platforms are too big or too small. Best of all, no equity stake is requested or required. 

What can The Accelerator do for you?

Accelerate Commercialization

Free access to workspace, airspace equipment, and expertise. 

Business Assistance

Capital, business development, and

mentoring assistance. 

start in a rapidly growing industry

Credibility and validation to startups.

Invaluable Networking

Mentorships, supply chain, and funding opportunities not found elsewhere. 

"It's not proven until it's Proven In Pendleton."

- Young Kim, CEO of Digital Harvest

Accelerator Startups Receive


Value Proposition

  • $40k Grant – Costs of Development

  • $75,000 - Range Flight Days & Staff Support (180 days)

  • $2,250  -  50x50 sf Flight Test Pad (180 days; includes power, water, high-speed fiber)

  • No Cost Access to Available Flight Support Assets (Mission Control Equipment, Mobile Command Centers, 3D Printers, etc.)

  • $5000 – 1 Platform-specific COA and/or Pen & Ink Access to Existing COAs (14,000 sq. miles; 15,000 ft. MSL)

  • $1,500 – 500-800 sf. of No Rent Office and Shop Space

  • $1,800 – 20 ft. x 8 ft. Secure Storage (180 days)   

Strategic Partners

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Oregon UAS Accelerator Launched

Discover the future of aerospace innovation with the launch of the Oregon UAS Accelerator! Backed by $2.25 million in funding from Business Oregon, this groundbreaking initiative promises to propel the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market to new heights. With access to cutting-edge facilities, strategic partnerships, and expert guidance from the Pendleton UAS Range, selected participants will receive a $40,000 non-dilutive award and the opportunity to thrive in Oregon's vibrant UAS ecosystem. Don't miss your chance to be a part of Cohort 1 – apply now for a journey of innovation and growth!

Why Apply?

The Oregon UAS Accelerator has made the application process simple and cost-free because we want you to develop your technology and grow your company here in Oregon. The Accelerator is purely driven by the ancillary benefits the state receives from your technology making it to market. Oregon understands that innovators are incredibly rare creatures, and what you are endeavoring to do is incredibly difficult in the best of times under the best of conditions. Time is money, and the Accelerator will do everything in its power to accelerate the development and commercialization processes.   

To learn more about what they can offer you, click the button below. You must apply to get into this program: click the "Apply" button below to get the process started. After you fill out the form, we'll reach out to you by email with the next steps.

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