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11th UAS Summit to focus more on commercial use, experts say


Experts say an upcoming conference that attracts hundreds in the unmanned aircraft sector in Grand Forks will focus more on how all industries can use the technology, with a European company slated to unveil a commercial U.S. product.

Teacher Internship Program Places 11 Teachers at N.D. Companies


Eleven teachers are participating in this summer’s Educators in Industry program. The teachers began their internships at companies Monday, June 5th. Through the internships, teachers make stronger connections between education and industry. Six educators are from Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Local companies hosting teachers are: Microsoft, CNH Industrial, C2Renew, Moore Engineering, and KLJ. The other companies are Doosan Bobcat (at their Gwinner, ND and Bismarck, ND locations) and Altru Health System in Grand Forks, Minn.

ND UAS test site to collaborate with NASA


The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site has recently completed a research initiative with NASA in the implementation, operation and maintenance of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems in the National Airspace System.

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing


North Dakota announced formation of a state UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to support the development and advancement of technologies to protect and defend against threats posed by rogue drones.

The task force will coordinate facilities and services needed for UAS operators to test countermeasures in North Dakota and aid in identifying opportunities for technology development. The group is co-chaired by Tom Swoyer, president of Grand Sky Development Co., and Nick Flom, executive director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, both in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Grand Sky announces beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight milestone


Grand Sky, the nation’s first commercial UAS business and aviation park, announced today it will begin beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations with large UAS this summer.

Fast Company highlights Grand Sky


This week, Fast Company singled-out Grand Sky as one of the 50 most innovative projects in the U.S. The magazine selected projects based on their ability to provide “innovative solutions that can have nationwide significance.” From the article:

An open sky just for drones

Northrop Grumman Opens New, Hi-Tech Facility near Grand Forks, North Dakota


Northrop Grumman Corporation has officially opened its new facility dedicated to fostering autonomous systems and other capabilities at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Northrop Grumman holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Grand Sky facility


Northrop Grumman held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new facility in the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems Business and Aviation Park west of Grand Forks.

Several energy cluster states in recession


The perils of regional economies being too dependent on single industry clusters, particularly as it affects the financing of state governments, are playing out in the Great Plains. Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming have been or still are experiencing recessions, beginning as early as spring 2015 for two, according to a new analysis by Jason P. Brown for the Tenth Federal Reserve District.

Harris, ND partner to create first-ever BVLOS network for UAVs


Harris Corp. has received a two-year grant to help develop a first-of-its-kind solution to enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems.

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