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FAA Kicks Off UAS Center of Excellence Competition


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has officially launched its search for a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems by holding a public meeting in Virginia and posting the draft solicitation on its website.

The Center of Excellence should be selected in January or February, according to the FAA, and should be operational by September 2015. The center and its university and industry partners will conduct a variety of research that will augment the work being done by the six UAS test sites and by the FAA’s technical center in New Jersey.

8th UAS Summit to feature speakers from FAA and AUVSI


Registration open for eighth annual event scheduled for June 24-26 at Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

$3 Million to be awarded through DoD Rapid Innovation Fund

Seventeen entities within DOD announced a Request for Information on the DOD Rapid Innovation Fund to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative small business technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. Approximately $3 million may be made available. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Comments are due Jul 21. More information regarding HQ0034-14-BAA-RIF-0001 is available at:

UAS-assisted ag research taking off in North Dakota


An unmanned aircraft took to the skies recently over a plot of land about three miles north of Carrington.

The fights on May 5 and 9 were practice runs for a research project set to unfold this summer. One of the aircraft’s main tasks doesn’t sound exciting, but watching crops grow from the air could be the next biggest advancement in agriculture.

These flights at the North Dakota State University Research Extension Center signify the start of research into the uses of unmanned aerial systems in the state.

DARPA Seeking Proposals for Advanced Collaborative Autonomy for UAS

DARPA invites proposals for the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program to develop and demonstrate Advanced Collaborative Autonomy Algorithms and Software to Enable Existing Unmanned Aerial Platforms to Effectively Operate in a Denied Environment. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Jun 10. More information regarding DARPA-BAA-14-33 is available at:

FAA Opens First Operational UAS Test Site in North Dakota


The FAA has granted North Dakota Department of Commerce a certificate of authorization to begin conducting unmanned aircraft research as a part of the agency’s UAS test site program.

Air Force awarding $7.4 million to support Corrosion Prevention and Control


The Air Force Academy invites applications to support Research on Technologies Advancing Corrosion Prevention and Control that will lead to specific capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and structures of systems and facilities, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, improving availability of systems, and increasing the safety of military, government, and industry assets. Approximately $7.4 million may be made available to support one or more awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due May 9.

AFRL awarding $19 million for Sensor Technology Analysis

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for the Sensor Analysis, Integration and Test (SAIT) Research Program that will provide operational and technical analysis to aid in determining which sensor technology concepts offer the optimal performance in realistic Air Force missions. One award of up to $19 million may be made available. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due May 12. More information regarding BAA-RQKS-2014-0005 is available at:

Bio-Industry Summit to explore value added business opportunities


Business, technology and agriculture interest will converge on May 21 at NDSU where attendees will learn about business opportunities and economics of regional bio based products and materials at the Future of the Bio-Industry Summit.

Huerta visits ND: Announces ND will be first UAS test site to start operations in May


The announcement Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta stopped in Grand Forks to make Monday was one stakeholders in North Dakota’s growing unmanned aircraft systems industry have been waiting months to hear.

“Today, the FAA is granting the first authorization in the United States to allow a test site to start flying unmanned aircraft,” Huerta told a group gathered in the University of North Dakota’s Odegard Hall. “And that test site is right here in North Dakota.”

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