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GE to buy LM Wind Power

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General Electric announced Tuesday it plans to purchase LM Wind Power, a wind turbine blade manufacturer that employs almost 1,000 people in Grand Forks.

The $1.65 billion deal “in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s renewable energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers,” a GE news release said. GE does not produce blades today, and LM Wind Power is its largest blade supplier, the company added.

UND launches UAS business class

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It was the first university to offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations, so it only makes sense that the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks also offers the first UAS business course, says Matt Dunlevy, instructor of UND’s UAS in Business class and president and CEO of SkySkopes, a Grand Forks UAS company.

Big data on the farm: UND leads new NSF-grant on big data and digital agriculture

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The University of North Dakota, in partnership with Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is leading a multi-institution Digital Agriculture Spoke grant of about $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF describes the UND-led project as follows: Digital Agriculture – Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciences and Education.

Biotechnology, public-private research discussed at international ag (ABIC) conference in Fargo

Test flights begin in October for UAS equipped with ADS-B

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ISight RPV Services will next month begin test flights with its ADS-B-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and an ADS-B manned aircraft through the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in northeastern North Dakota.

The company—based in Grand Forks, North Dakota—last month conducted the first successful flight in the state of its fixed-wing Altavian Nova 7200 equipped with a miniaturized ADS-B device made by uAvionix.

Training academy graduates first General Atomics aircrews

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. announced that the company's new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy graduated the first cadre of aircrews on Aug. 12 from its North Dakota-based facility.

DHS Announces $40M to Support Cybersecurity Focused COEs, Free Cybersecurity Training for Vets

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In August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced over $40 million in available federal funding for a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis via two federal funding opportunities (FFO). The proposed COEs will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making and address homeland security-related threats and hazards.

$10M Available to Support Academe-Industry Partnerships on Smart Systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is entertaining proposals to support “academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner in order to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies) into a specified, human-centered smart service system.” Through the Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) element of the Partnerships for Innovation program, NSF intends to make up to $10 million in grants to support research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental or transla

UND Center for Innovation Foundation wins SBA Growth Accelerator award

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The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation is North Dakota’s first winner of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

The Center for Innovation Foundation will use its winnings to launch a program called Autonomous Alley, which will be the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drone accelerator program in the country.

UAS Being Tested for Natural Disaster Relief Efforts

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An unmanned aircraft system is being tested in North Dakota to see if it is capable of helping with natural disaster relief efforts.

Thanks to a half million-dollar spending budget from tech company Elbit Systems and utility holding company Xcel Energy, the UAS, Elbit’s Hermes 450, is being tested to see if it can provide assistance to crews that are working in different areas affected by disasters.

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