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Grand Sky announces beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight milestone


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.

Fast Company highlights Grand Sky


This week, Fast Company singled-out Grand Sky as one of the 50 most innovative projects in the U.S. The magazine selected projects based on their ability to provide “innovative solutions that can have nationwide significance.” From the article:

An open sky just for drones

Northrop Grumman Opens New, Hi-Tech Facility near Grand Forks, North Dakota


Northrop Grumman Corporation has officially opened its new facility dedicated to fostering autonomous systems and other capabilities at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Northrop Grumman holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Grand Sky facility


Northrop Grumman held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new facility in the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems Business and Aviation Park west of Grand Forks.

Several energy cluster states in recession


The perils of regional economies being too dependent on single industry clusters, particularly as it affects the financing of state governments, are playing out in the Great Plains. Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming have been or still are experiencing recessions, beginning as early as spring 2015 for two, according to a new analysis by Jason P. Brown for the Tenth Federal Reserve District.

Harris, ND partner to create first-ever BVLOS network for UAVs


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.

UND rolls out plan for integrated drone institute


UND is creating an integrated center to combine multiple areas of unmanned aerial systems expertise on campus.

SkySkopes opens first-of-its-kind drone academy to public


North Dakota’s first-of-its-kind drone academy open to the public is ready to accept potential unmanned aircraft system pilots.

Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection


Xcel Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are launching a new program to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to inspect 20,000 miles of electrical transmission lines in 10 states.

The Minneapolis-based utility said the first-of-its-kind “Partnership for Safety Plan” is designed to use drones for the inspection of critical infrastructure. Data collected by UAS in diverse climates, conditions and geographies will be used by the FAA to help secure the national airspace.

EdgeData planning world-class data center at Grand Sky


EdgeData LLC has signed a letter of intent with the Grand Sky UAS Aviation and Business Park to establish a 16,000-square-foot data center facility expected to be operational within a year.

Construction of the facility at Grand Sky—adjacent to the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Air Force Base—is tentatively planned to begin in spring 2017.

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