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The 6th Annual Action Summit welcomed more than 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 16 & 17, 2017.

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Training academy graduates first General Atomics aircrews


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


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


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


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


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.

Event Celebrates First-in-the-world test of ag data collection using a large-scale UAS

Northland technical college partners with Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman Corp., a worldwide unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, will donate the use of its Bat Unmanned Aircraft System and associated equipment to Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn. Bat, a medium-altitude, multi-mission UAS that is runway independent and fully autonomous, will be used to train students on UAS maintenance and repair.

Students, educators hear about drone industry opportunities as annual UAS summit kicks off


College students looking for a piece of the unmanned aircraft system industry’s future gathered Monday in Grand Forks to help launch their career plans.

More than 100 students and educators from the University of North Dakota, Northland Community and Technical College and other schools gathered for a day of their own as part of the UAS Summit and Expo at the Alerus Center. The summit brings together hundreds of industry experts to Grand Forks to showcase the technology’s latest developments.

NSF Announces $10M to Support Commercialization of NSF-Funded Research


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced approximately $10 million in new funding through its Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program. The PFI program offers NSF-funded researchers at institutions of higher education opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance, and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

North Dakota drone effort lauded at White House workshop


Accomplishments made with unmanned aircraft systems in North Dakota were recognized recently during a workshop hosted on the White House campus.

The “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation” assembled leaders from areas of industry, academia and government to outline the future of integrating unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into the national airspace and discuss necessary policies to ensure that happens, according to a news release.

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