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Harris, ND Partner to Create First-Ever BVLOS Network for UAVs
UAS Magazine -  March 1, 2017
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....see more.

Northern Plains Granted Flight Upgrade
Shephard Media -  January 20, 2017
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota authorisation to fly large UAV's beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS), starting with the...see more.

Northern Plains UAS Test Site Announces Beyond Visual Line of Site Capabilities for UAS in North Dakota
ND Commerce -  January 4, 2017
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site announces the approval to execute a phased approach to operate large unmanned aircraft beyond visual line...see more.

Northern Plains UAS Test Site Supports Advanced Testing at Denver International Airport
ND Commerce -  December 9, 2016
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site recently supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in their assessment of techniques and technologies to detect ...see more.

North Dakota Drone Effort Lauded at White House Workshop
The Bismarck Tribune -  August 8, 2016
Accomplishments made with unmanned aircraft systems in North Dakota were recognized recently during a workshop hosted on the White House campus ... see more.

Internship Opportunities Take Flight as North Dakota Drone Industry Expands
Grand Forks Herald - June 27, 2016
The offices of Grand Forks unmanned aircraft systems firms are getting more crowded as interns begin to settle in and start carving out their roles in the ever-evolving industry. Internship opportunities in the field vary from positions requiring students to be behind the controls of aircraft to placing them at the keyboard of a computer, a reflection of the wide variety of jobs employers are looking to fill ... see more.

New Federal Regulations for Small Drones Receive Positive Feedback from ND Industry Members
Grand Forks Herald -  June 22, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration debuted a set of long-awaited regulations governing the use of unmanned aircraft Tuesday that were met with fanfare from local and national members of the industry. The rules are targeted at small unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, used for commercial and public applications and contain requirements for their operation and qualifications for their pilots ... see more.

UAS Entrepreneurs Set Their Sights on North Dakota
PR Newswire - May 3, 2016
A lone aircraft flies over a large swath of land checking for abnormalities in crops before landing safely at the feet of its pilot. A classroom of college-level students gain experience on how to operate an unmanned aerial system through simulation. An entrepreneur monitors his phone app to ensure that his unmanned aerial systems (UAS) tech is operating correctly out in the field ... see more.

A Drone for Loan? North Dakota Agency Eager to Help
ABC News - April 29, 2016
A drone for loan? One of the first law enforcement agencies to use unmanned aircraft as eyes in the sky says it's ready to ship its technology anywhere in the country to help police who need it ... see more.

Northern Plains UAS Test Site Aids NASA in UAS Airspace Test Event
ND Commerce - April 19, 2016
Earlier today, the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site successfully conducted close-proximity UAS flight tests to help evaluate NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research platform. Tests were conducted in partnership with the University of North Dakota (UND) and UAS company partners Botlink, Altavian and Sensurion ... see more.

North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Approval of New Aircraft for Testing
ND Commerce - March 7, 2016
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site has been given an additional operational approval to expand testing capabilities for the UAS industry ... see more.

Bob Becklund Pilots State's UAS Technology
The Bismarck Tribune - February 29, 2016
When the North Dakota Air National Guard’s F-16 fighter jets were growing old and in need of replacement, the organization made a choice — one that is taking North Dakota into the lead of the unmanned aerial systems industry ... see more.

ND Leaders Visit Israel for Trade Mission, Meet with Major Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturer
Grand Forks Herald- February 1, 2016
North Dakota leaders flew to the Middle East last week for a trade mission that included the discussion of a large-scale research project involving unmanned aircraft ... see more.

A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota
The New York Times - January 6, 2016
“California and New York want what we’ve got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident, gazing at a horizon of empty fields, silos, windbreak trees and hardly any people. A winged craft traces the air, mapping a field with pinpoint accuracy for his start-up, a drone software company called Botlink. ... see more.

Testing the Skies: Breakthroughs, Collaboration set Flight Plan for Future of UAS
Grand Forks Herald- December 22, 2015
Bob Becklund doesn't have to go far to see the future of unmanned aircraft. As executive director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, he only has to walk down the hall and talk to one of his staff members. "They're all experts at what they do," he said. "When they have an idea, you're going to listen to them." ... see more.

Wrigley Highlights Trade Opportunities in North Dakota at Canadian Trade Summit
ND Governor's Office - December 3, 2015
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley today addressed business leaders and entrepreneurs from Canada and the U.S. at the Saskatchewan USA Trade Summit ... see more.

"The Lead Dog": When it Comes to Drones, North Dakota has it All
KVRR - November 25, 2015
It's a future that's still unclear but one thing's for sure. "We got it all so if you want to be part of the future of unmanned aviation you want to be here," says Senator John Hoeven ... see more.

Grand Forks Startup Creates Software for Aerial Wind Turbine Inspection
Grand Forks Herald- November 13, 2015
A pockmark the size of a penny on a 154-foot wind turbine blade doesn't look like much, but with time can turn one into a menace ... see more.

Dalrymple, General Atomics Officials Break Ground on Grand Sky UAS Training Academy
ND Governor's Office - November 9, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. CEO Linden Blue to break ground on the aviation company’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training academy at Grand Sky, the nation’s first operations-ready UAS business and aviation park ... see more.

Go North Dakota - The New Land of Opportunity for Drones
Drone Radio Show - November 4, 2015
If Horace Greeley was alive today, he would no longer be pointing us westward to the land of opportunity. Instead, he’d send us north to the grand state of North Dakota, the new hotbed of drone activity in the country. ... see more.

Xcel Launches North Dakota's First Unmanned Aircraft for Utility Flight
WDAY News - October 29, 2015
Xcel Energy launched North Dakota's first Federal Aviation Administration-sanctioned utility flight of an unmanned aircraft Wednesday ... see more.

Dalrymple, North Grumman Officials Break Ground on Grand Sky UAS Facility
ND Governor's Office - October 15, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined Northrop Grumman officials at the Grand Sky business and aviation park to break ground on a 36,000-square-foot facility that will support the aerospace giant’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations ... see more.

Dalrymple, Officials Celebrate Continued Development of Grand Sky UAS Park
ND Governor's Office - September 10, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined local, state and military officials in celebrating several infrastructure projects critical to the development of the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park. ... see more.

FAA Approves Use of Visual Observers for UAS Testing Flights in North Dakota
ND Commerce - August 31, 2015
The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has been given an additional operational approval to expand the testing capabilities for the UAS industry ... see more.  

North Dakota Drone Test Site Set to Fly High at All Hours
ABC News - August 23, 2015
Of the six sites in the U.S. where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, only North Dakota's can fly high both day and night ... see more.  

Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Gets OK for Night Flights
Grand Forks Herald - August 13, 2015
The flight of some unmanned aircraft is no longer limited to the daytime in North Dakota. The Federal Aviation Administration has given aircraft operating in conjunction with the state's Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site permission to fly at night, officials announced Thursday. ... see more. 

Why The UAS Industry Needs UAS Test Sites
UAS Magazine - August 13, 2015
The number of UAS operators or entities that have received regulatory approval to fly for-profit is impressive. Last week the FAA revealed that it had approved more than ... see more. 

NDSU Using Sensors to Identify Weed Infestations
North Dakota Ag - July 24, 2015
North Dakota State University researchers have received a grant to demonstrate the use of electronic sensors to identify weed infestations in cropland remotely ... see more. 

Dalrymple Announces $5.6 Million in Additional State Funding for Grand Sky UAS Park 
ND Governor's Office - July 6, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that Grand Forks County will receive $5.6 million in additional state funding to support the continued development of the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park ... see more. 

There's a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn't in California 
MW Market Watch - June 23, 2015
With the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place for drone technology to spread its wings ... see more. 

Wrigley, ComDel Mark Completion of First Unmanned Aerial System Built in North Dakota 
ND Governor's Office - May 22, 2015
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley today joined employees at Wahpeton-based ComDel Innovation, Inc. to celebrate the completion of the first unmanned aircraft manufactured in North Dakota ... see more. 

Air Force's Economic Impact Rebounds From Past Lows but Down From Peak
Grand Forks Herald - May 14, 2015
Grand Forks Air Force Base had a $252 million economic impact on the region in 2014, an increase of nearly 24 percent over the previous year's $203.7 million ... see more.

UND, Sensurion Aerospace Establish UAS Pipeline Program
UAS Magazine - May 12, 2015
A recent collaboration between Sensurion Aerospace and the University of North Dakota has resulted in a new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Pipeline Program ... see more.

Another Major Defense Company Interested in ND Drone Park
The Washington Times - May 9, 2015
The nation's first unmanned aircraft business park currently under construction in North Dakota has a second major defense contractor interested in setting up shop ... see more.

Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Set Interim UAS Rules
Grand Forks Herald - May 12, 2015
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced legislation Tuesday to set temporary guidelines for operating small commercial unmanned aircraft systems while the Federal Aviation Administration develops more permanent rules for the new technology... see more.

North Dakota Dominates North American UAS Industry with Largest Test Site and Key Commercialization Opportunities
PR Newswire - May 5, 2015
his week, nearly two-dozen North Dakota aerospace and aviation leaders are in Atlanta for the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2015 conference to showcase ... see more. 

Dalrymple Announces Significant Funding for Grand Sky
ND Governor - April 14, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today said $2.5 million in state funds is now available to further develop the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base ... see more.

Roar of Bombers Replaced by Drone Buzz in North Dakota
ABC News - March 22, 2015
The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business ... see more.

Dalrymple Celebrates Grand Sky Lease Agreement
ND Governor - February 18, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple was joined by other supporters of the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park to celebrate the completion of an enhanced ... see more.

North Dakota Lands Its First UAS Manufacturing Venture
ND Governor - February 13, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined executives from ComDel Innovation, Inc. and Altavian in announcing the companies’ agreement to manufacture unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAS components at ComDel’s high-tech manufacturing plant in Wahpeton ... see more.

FAA Announces Expanded UAS Airspace in North Dakota
ND Commerce - February 11, 2015
The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the approval to expand operations throughout the state of North Dakota

New Unmanned Aircraft Research Project Proposed by UND to Take Off
Grand Forks Herald - January 16, 2015
A ground breaking unmanned aircraft research proposal was approved Friday by a UND research oversight committee ... see more.

North Dakota UAS Industry on Edge Waiting for Release of Proposed Rules
Grand Forks Herald - January 2, 2015
The year 2014 came and went without the Federal Aviation Administration releasing its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft ...see more. 

Grand Forks Air Force Base Manages Dual UAS Operations
Aviation International News - September 22, 2014
Grand Forks U.S. Air Force Base in North Dakota recently managed the simultaneous operation of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in unrestricted airspace, the first such feat in the U.S., the Air Force said...see more.

North Dakota Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Making Progress
Government Technology - September 23, 2014
North Dakota’s Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is right where officials want it to be, its director Bob Becklund told a research group on Friday...see more.

Predator Drones Are Going Commercial at the US's Only Civilian Training Center
In the world, there are roughly 20 machines that can accurately simulate what it's like to fly a Predator drone. All of them, save for one, is owned by or leased out to the US military to train those who will carry out targeted strikes or surveillance in the Middle East...see more.

The Curious, Stressful Life of a US Military Drone Pilot

Motherboard Magazine - September 22, 2014
In a hangar at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a 23-year-old soldier named Matthew stands in front of a plane he’s flown dozens,...see more.

Drones: Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small
ABC News - July 16, 2014

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow ...see more.

Startups Will Star as North Dakota Drone Summit Explores Commercialization
Roll Call (blog) - June 25, 2014
For drone enthusiasts, Grand Forks, N.D., will be the place to be this week, as the state hosts its eighth annual summit featuring Federal Aviation Administration officials as well as speakers from...see more.

Startups Will Star as North Dakota Drone Summit Explores Commercialization
Roll Call (blog) - June 23, 2014
For drone enthusiasts, Grand Forks, N.D., will be the place to be this week, as the state hosts its eighth annual summit featuring Federal Aviation Administration officials as well as speakers from Northrop Grumman ... see more.

Federal Aviation Administration Considers Approving Drones for Filming Movies
Oregon Live
- June 4, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography...see more.

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

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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

- See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/19192/#sthash.uKZl6USh.dpuf

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

- See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/19192/#sthash.uKZl6USh.dpuf

FAA's Vision is to Delegate Authority to UAS Test Ranges
Aviation International News - May 5, 2014
he FAA aims to delegate authority to the six national unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test ranges it has chosen to issue their own experimental airworthiness certificates to manufacturers to test fly aircraft. The North Dakota test range, which planned ...see more.

For N.D., Drones a Possible Growth Market
USA Today - April 27, 2014
Forget the North Dakota energy boom. How about a drone boom?State and federal officials have big hopes for the growth of what are known as unmanned aircraft systems. And North Dakota has position...see more.

FAA Certifies North Dakota's UAS Test Site as Nation's First to be Ready for Operations
ND Governor's Office - April 21, 2014
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that North Dakota’s test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is the nation’s first to be certified ready for...see more.

Commercial-Drones Field Gains College Degrees
Investor's Business Daily - Feb. 28, 2014
The emerging industry of commercial drones will need a trained human workforce, and U.S. universities are responding to the need. "When the Federal Aviation Administration opens the door to commercial operations, industry wants to be positioned to enter the marketplace," said John Bridewell,...see more.

Senators Question FAA about Faster Drone Regulation
USA Today - Jan. 15, 2014
Drone advocates urged the Federal Aviation Administration at a Senate hearing Wednesday to allow the aircraft into general airspace faster because countries such as Japan are friendlier to the innovative technology. Some members of the Senate Commerce, ...see more.

Putting Drones to the Test
New York Times - Jan. 4, 2014
Drones will soon take to the skies across the United States in federally approved tests that are meant to clear the way for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. But before that happens, lawmakers and regulators need to deal with a host of unresolved privacy and safety concerns...see more.

Inside One of the FAA's new Drone Test Sites
Popular Science - Jan. 2, 2014
Earlier this week, flying barely under the wire of its 2013 deadline, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the six states it had selected as test sites for domestic drone use. The goal is to figure out how unmanned aerial vehicles can safely...see more.

FAA Chooses North Dakota To Test Unmanned Aircraft Systems 
ND Governor - Jan. 1, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that North Dakota was designated as one of the six test sites for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). North Dakota was among numerous states competing to host one of the test sites that will assist in research integrating unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft in the national airspace. The state's leadership in UAS operations ... see more.

North Dakota Makes a Case for Selection as an FAA Unmanned Aircraft Test Site
National Defense - Nov. 15, 2013
The international airport in this town of 53,000 has only two gates, but the skies around it are swarming with aircraft, making it the 28th busiest in the nation. It isn't the big commercial airliners that earn it that distinction, but the 120 .. see more.

Air Force Announces Intention to Sign Enhanced Use Lease with Grand Forks County
ND Governor - Oct. 17, 2013
Today the United States Air Force announced it intends to sign a lease with Grand Forks County for the development of a Business Park on approximately 217 acres at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The county will provide cash payments to the Air Force in exchange for the 50-year lease ... see more.

Wrigley, UND Announce UAS Flight Training Program
ND Commerce - Oct. 10, 2013
The University of North Dakota John Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences next year will offer a cutting-edge flight training program for future pilots of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and university officials announced today. The university, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, is developing a curriculum that will incorporate the Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS), a state-of-the-art UAS simulator used to train flight students ... see more.

Drones: the next fire-fighting tool
The Gazette-Jul 26, 2013 (Colorado Springs)
On June 23, three days after the Black Forest fire was declared "out," a Cessna plane carrying a load of drone technology detected a large spot fire ... see more.

US Border Agency Allows Others to Use Its Drones
New York Times-Jul 3, 2013
They are based in Arizona, Florida, North Dakota and Texas. ... that it has become increasingly generous with its unmanned aerial vehicles ... see more.

Unmanned aerial vehicles
AberdeenNews.com-Jun 14, 2013
Imagine the day when a farmer pushes a button that launches an unmanned aerial vehicle. The UAV flies over a field, ... see more.

Dalrymple Signs Executive Order Creating Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authority
May 28, 2013
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today signed an executive order to establish the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority. Dalrymple also announced the appointment of former 119th North Dakota Air National Guard Commander Col. Robert Becklund to serve as director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site ... see more.

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