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Speaker presentations are now available from the 8th UAS Action Summit held in Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 25 & 26, 2014.

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Bio-Industry Summit Presentations

The Inaugural Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit welcomed over 100 participants to North Dakota State University on May 21, 2014.

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Grand Forks Air Force Base conducts airspace integration test

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The Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base was the site for the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country earlier this month.

The FAA authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. Two MQ-9 Predators of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew in the same airspace while monitored by Air Force air traffic controllers.

UAS Open Innovation Forum set for October 29 & 30

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The WBT Open innovation Forum – Unmanned Aerial Systems set for October 29-30, 2014 in Stillwater, OK will bring together innovators, researchers and experts in UAS technology.

AFRL makes $70 Million available for Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for cooperative agreements to support Research and Development Efforts in the Area of Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion. Approximately $70 million may be made available to support one or more awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 8. More information regarding BAA-RQKPA-2014-0001 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-RQKPA-2014-0001/listing.html.

2014 Robotics Alley Conference - September 16 - 17

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Now in its fourth year, the 2014 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo is the biggest show in the history of the event

NDSU, UND share $20 million to create research centers

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North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota will share $20 million in National Science Foundation funding, much of which will be used to create research centers at the state’s two biggest schools.

The funds will be used to hire staff and buy equipment to create a Center for Sustainable Materials Science at NDSU, and a Center for Regional Climate Studies at UND.

The grant was awarded to the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research or ND EPSCoR.

The money will be distributed over five years.

Army accepting proposals for Rapid Prototyping and Technology

On or about Aug 14, the Army Contracting Command will invite proposals for the Rapid Prototyping & Technology Initiative to Develop Technologies for Use in Military Operations. One or more awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding W15QKN14R0130 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/notices/b4714cd3c5805255ddabe125d8a5329a.

NDSCS proposes $65M expansion of Fargo center

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The North Dakota State College of Science is outgrowing its Fargo campus and administrators are proposing an expanded center at a new location.

Developers of ND UAS tech park promise speedy project

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Officials from the company in charge of developing the Grand Sky unmanned aircraft systems tech park at Grand Forks Air Force Base recently paid a visit to the area.

Tom Swoyer, the president of Texas-based Grand Sky Development Co., said he’s looking forward to the future of the project.

“That’s something the county knew they were getting with us: a lot of energy, a lot of engagement and a lot of speed,” he said.

His company will be in charge of recruiting tenants and developing the 217 acres the county leased from base after another company backed away from the deal.

AFRL making $22 Million available for sensor development and management

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The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for the Sensing and Information Research Center for Understanding Systems (SIRCUS) program to support all aspects of sensor development and management including innovative sensing, sensor exploitation, performance metrics, performance analysis and methods for sensor exploitation performance prediction, cooperative autonomous systems, information visualization, mobile computing architectures and applications, and computational sciences. One or more awards may be made from an anticipated $22 million in available funding.

$15 Million being made available for ntelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center invites proposals for Research Projects to Support Technology Development for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Purposes and Special Operations Forces. Applications will be accepted in nine technical areas. Approximately $15 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding USAFWC-BAA-14-01 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/ASC/USAFWC-BAA-14-01/listing.html.

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