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North Dakota Drones help restore power in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma

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Less than a month after unveiling a high-tech, drone-equipped pickup for power line inspections, Norway-based eSmart Systems is using its resources to help restore power to the residents of Jacksonville, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

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General Atomics CEO Linden Blue last week covered what has already been accomplished at the company’s new Aeronautical Flight Test and Training Center in northeastern North Dakota and what’s planned for the future.

Blue was at the grand opening of the $30 million, 24,000-square-foot facility which is an anchor tenant at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park next to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Also present to dedicate the center were U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and other state and local dignitaries.

North Dakota 'unmatched' in unmanned aircraft capabilities - Hoeven tells attendees of 11th Annual UAS Summit & Expo

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The unmanned aircraft industry is growing fast, and North Dakota is positioned to lead the way.

That's what government, military, educational and sector leaders emphasized Tuesday during the UAS Summit in Grand Forks.

"When we talk about UAS, this is where it's at," U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told more than 300 attendees at the Alerus Center. "Everyone is asking all the time about what is going on in North Dakota. North Dakota is the go-to place for UAS."

The summit's speakers described their own institutions and how they play a role in expanding the UAS industry.

11th UAS Summit & Expo brings leaders and industry development to Grand Forks

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The unmanned aerial systems industry is developing at breakneck speed, and Grand Forks is fortunate to be right in the middle of it.

The annual UAS industry conference was held this week at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, further highlighting the city's emergence as the place to be for anyone associated with drone development. And two members of the state's federal delegation raved in recent days about the city's place in the UAS world.

11th UAS Summit & Expo shows how UAS could reshape small town North Dakota

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he UAS summit kicked off in Grand Forks and as some companies are setting up shop. Some locals are wondering what more people coming to town could mean for the community.

"I can tell you the drone industry is currently one of the hottest ones," said Andrej Srsen who works for Sharper Shape, one company that had a booth at the expo.

Favorable regulation is why they Sharper Shape started in Finland. Now, favorable regulation has lead them to open an office in Grand Forks. They say it's because there is no better place to be on the forefront of UAS technology.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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