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Precision Agriculture Summit 2017

The 6th Precision Agriculture Action Summit will be January 16 & 17, 2017 in Jamestown, ND.

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Test flights begin in October for UAS equipped with ADS-B

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ISight RPV Services will next month begin test flights with its ADS-B-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and an ADS-B manned aircraft through the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in northeastern North Dakota.

The company—based in Grand Forks, North Dakota—last month conducted the first successful flight in the state of its fixed-wing Altavian Nova 7200 equipped with a miniaturized ADS-B device made by uAvionix.

Training academy graduates first General Atomics aircrews

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. announced that the company's new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy graduated the first cadre of aircrews on Aug. 12 from its North Dakota-based facility.

DHS Announces $40M to Support Cybersecurity Focused COEs, Free Cybersecurity Training for Vets

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In August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced over $40 million in available federal funding for a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis via two federal funding opportunities (FFO). The proposed COEs will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making and address homeland security-related threats and hazards.

$10M Available to Support Academe-Industry Partnerships on Smart Systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is entertaining proposals to support “academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner in order to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies) into a specified, human-centered smart service system.” Through the Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) element of the Partnerships for Innovation program, NSF intends to make up to $10 million in grants to support research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental or transla

UND Center for Innovation Foundation wins SBA Growth Accelerator award

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The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation is North Dakota’s first winner of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

The Center for Innovation Foundation will use its winnings to launch a program called Autonomous Alley, which will be the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drone accelerator program in the country.

UAS Being Tested for Natural Disaster Relief Efforts

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An unmanned aircraft system is being tested in North Dakota to see if it is capable of helping with natural disaster relief efforts.

Thanks to a half million-dollar spending budget from tech company Elbit Systems and utility holding company Xcel Energy, the UAS, Elbit’s Hermes 450, is being tested to see if it can provide assistance to crews that are working in different areas affected by disasters.

Event celebrates first-in-the-world test of agricultural data collection using a large-scale UAS

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High-level regional officials recently gathered to hear about the status of a first-in-the-world test of agricultural data collection using a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Systems.

In an event Aug. 22 at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Municipal Airport, top officials of Elbit Systems of America said they’d invested almost $2 million in a running project that involves many partners in the state. The project used a Research N.D. grant of $350,000, which Elbit more than matched.

Northland technical college partners with Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Corp., a worldwide unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, will donate the use of its Bat Unmanned Aircraft System and associated equipment to Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn. Bat, a medium-altitude, multi-mission UAS that is runway independent and fully autonomous, will be used to train students on UAS maintenance and repair.

Students, educators hear about drone industry opportunities as annual UAS summit kicks off

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College students looking for a piece of the unmanned aircraft system industry’s future gathered Monday in Grand Forks to help launch their career plans.

More than 100 students and educators from the University of North Dakota, Northland Community and Technical College and other schools gathered for a day of their own as part of the UAS Summit and Expo at the Alerus Center. The summit brings together hundreds of industry experts to Grand Forks to showcase the technology’s latest developments.

NSF Announces $10M to Support Commercialization of NSF-Funded Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced approximately $10 million in new funding through its Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program. The PFI program offers NSF-funded researchers at institutions of higher education opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance, and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

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