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FAA gives ND expanded UAS flight testing capabilities


Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) development in North Dakota received a boost from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week while also marking the first flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a general aviation airport.

The FAA gave the Northern Plains UAS Test Site approval to expand operations and night flight testing capabilities throughout the state. The University of North Dakota (UND) last week noted a flight test of the Northrup Grumman SandShark UAV conducted from the Lakota, North Dakota, public airport in conjunction with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

NASA awards UND Space Studies three grants totaling $2.12 million


The University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies was recently awarded three grants totaling $2.16 million by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

All three grants are augmented by North Dakota state match funding totaling close to $1 million.

R&D Funds available for Digital Manufacturing Technologies in Six Technical Areas


The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute invites whitepapers to support R&D Projects on Digital Manufacturing Technologies in Six Technical Areas:

• Completing the Model-Based Definition (DMDII-15-11) – to demonstrate Model-Based Definition (MBD) as the key to gathering, organizing and managing product/process data within the digital thread. Approximately $2 million may be made available to support up to four awards. Whitepapers are due Oct 22.

NSF makes $9 Million available for Partnerships for Innovation Program

The Directorate for Engineering invites proposals for the Partnerships for Innovation Program: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation – awards to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Approximately $9 million may be made available to support up to 56 awards. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education. Letters of intent are due Sep 8; applications are due Oct 9. More information regarding NSF-15-570 is available at:

Agricultural UAS research expanding across state


GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Unmanned aircraft will soon be buzzing overhead at several agricultural research centers around North Dakota.

North Dakota State University received approval Friday to expand its unmanned aircraft systems research program from the University of North Dakota UAS Research and Compliance Committee, a group that vets research proposals.

North Dakota Dominates North American UAS Industry with Largest Test Site and Key Commercialization Opportunities


Last week, nearly two-dozen North Dakota aerospace and aviation leaders were in Atlanta for the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2015 conference to showcase the state's dominance in America's hottest new industry.

As one of the largest blocks of airspace available in the country for flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the goal of integrating UAS into the national airspace, the delegation will be at the show to discuss how the nation's first operational UAS test site is advancing research and has become increasingly open for businesses in this high profile industry.

Sensurion Aerospace and University of North Dakota collaborate to create new UAS Pipeline Program


A new jobs pipeline program is the result of an innovative collaboration between Sensurion Aerospace (Sensurion) and the University of North Dakota (UND). The Sensurion UAS Pipeline Program is designed to provide career-building opportunities for graduates of UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace.

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Grand Sky UAS Park Opens for Development in Grand Forks, N.D.


Nation's First UAS Business and Aviation Park Expected to Create Local and National Economic Advantages

DARPA awarding $4 Million for Future Artic Sensing Technologies


DARPA invites applications for the Future Arctic Sensing Technologies (FAST) Program to support the development of concepts for low-cost, rapidly-deployable, environmentally friendly, unmanned sensor systems, including deployment and data reach-back from above the Arctic Circle that can detect, track and identify air, surface and subsurface targets. Approximately $4 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due Apr 14.

AFRL accepting proposals for advanced materials research

The AFRL invites proposals for the Composites, Hybrids, and Metals, Materials and Processes (CHAMMP) Research Program to develop materials and processing methodologies that are vital to create advanced materials and devices for future Air Force assets and weapon systems. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due Apr 8. More information regarding BAA-RQKM-2015-0010 is available at:

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