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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.

DOD Announces Intent to Fund New $80M Robotics-Focused MII


The Department of Defense’s Army Contracting Command released a new federal funding opportunity (FFO) to establish and sustain a Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII) to increase U.S. competitiveness in robotics applied primarily in manufacturing environments. The intent of the new $80 million RIME-MII is to:

NIST to Fund National Cybersecurity Network


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) to establish and sustain up to eight Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurit

FAA Releases Small UAS Rule


More than a year in the making, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally released its new small UAS rule.

“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”

DOE awards UND’s EERC $15 million to continue carbon storage research


The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota is one of only two organizations nationally selected to run a second phase of a project to study the benefits of active reservoir management (ARM) in carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. And the center will get more than $15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct that research.

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