October 26, 2015 News

Luminati Aerospace and Long Island: a revival for local industry?

The state of Long Island used to be widely known for its contributions to the aerospace industry. Will those glory days return?

Luminati Aerospace sure seems to think it is possible. The company is in negotiations for a chance to manage the largest runway at the former test facility in Calverton.

Long Island used to be home to major corporations, before their presence dwindled. Smaller companies moved in to take their places – but they were not the sort to make headlines or revive the industry across the board.

Today, residents openly speak of a “brain drain” at Long Island. Those that do have argued in favor of Luminati, a start-up that has its roots in Brooklyn, getting the management deal.

Luminati proposes building communication drones for a major client – but the client’s name, so far, has not been revealed.

Local media has reported that in spite of some criticism, the majority of Calvert residents appear to be backing the deal.

Among those who have criticised the deal, however, lack of town oversight when it comes to runway use has been cited as a factor.

Luminati CEO Daniel Preston, chief designer Barnaby Waifan (previously with Northrop Grumman, the inventor of the unique Wainfan Facetmobile) and chief scientist Anthony Calise (who helped design the “Scud Buster” made famous by the First Gulf War) were meanwhile revealed to local residents as the company’s top management, in an effort to demonstrate that the start-up certainly has the chops to tackle such an ambitious project.

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