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General Atomics UAS pilot training in ND could begin in April

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General Atomics expects to begin training Predator pilots for its overseas customers at the Grand Sky UAS aviation and business park near Grand Forks, North Dakota, in April.

“One of our tenants—General Atomics—is going to commence flight training they believe in the April timeframe,” said Tom Sowyer president of Grand Sky Development Co. “That means foreign countries—foreign militaries—are going to be sending their pilots to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to learn how to fly Predators.”

Media Coverage from 2016 Precision Ag Summit

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250 people attended the 5th annual Precision Ag Action Summit January 18 & 19, 2016

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COLLABORATIVE TESTING

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NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), is requesting information from interested parties for the following: NASAs Safe Autonomous Systems Operations (SASO) Project seeks to identify U.S.-based public, private, and academic organizations to collaborate with NASA to conduct Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research and development with the collective goal of safely enabling these operations at lower altitudes by UTM system. The collaboration will involve a series of UTM builds with evolving complexity.

Local UAS firm Field of View featured in Documentary

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Its role in the growing unmanned aircraft industry has earned a Grand Forks company a place in a small business documentary project.

Field of View, which creates sensors and software for unmanned aircraft systems, is among 100 small businesses nationwide chronicled through the Small Business Revolution project.

"UAS is kind of somewhat new, but it's becoming more commonplace," Field of View CEO David Dvorak said. "I think it just makes sense to normalize the idea of small businesses being a part of this new industry."

UND Tech Incubator provides starting point for new UAS businesses

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For now, Suite 188 sits empty in the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, but Tero Heinonen has big plans for the small space.

Heinonen is the CEO of Sharper Shape, a company seeking to inspect infrastructure with unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones. The company is the latest to join the center as a UAS tenant, bringing the total number firms to nearly two dozen.

Drone Company Business in North Dakota

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Sharper Shape Inc., a supplier of drone-based infrastructure and utility asset management solutions, announced today the opening of its North American Technical and Operations Center at the Center for Innovation in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

ETA Announces $100M to Support Workforce Development in High-Need Tech Occupations

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The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced approximately $100 million in grant funds for the TechHire partnership grant program. The ETA anticipates that it will make up to 35 grants to support pilot and scale public-private workforce development partnerships that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband.

Precision Ag Summit - January 18 & 19

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The Research Corridor is pleased to be co-hosting the 5th Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown, ND on January 18 & 19. Early bird rates are available until December 15 so register today!

New Faculty Start-Up awards announced

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The NDSU Departments of Biological Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences have been awarded a total of $300,000 over two years by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as ND EPSCoR, for its Infrastructure Improvement Program New Faculty Start-Up initiative. The supplemental funding will enable the hiring of new faculty in the departments.

Work starts on drone training academy at nation's first unmanned aircraft business park

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Officials on Monday broke ground for a $2.5 million drone training academy in North Dakota, at the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in September announced a 10-year lease to establish the academy at the Grand Sky facility, a 1.2 million-square-foot park at Grand Forks Air Force Base being funded by public and private money. Defense contractor Northrop Grumman also is a tenant, and broke ground on its facility last month.

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