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The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to support National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unmanned aircraft systems research.

DHS Partners With University of North Dakota to Research Unmanned Aerial Technology


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the University of North Dakota (UND) announced today a three-year cooperative research and development agreement designed to explore the uses of unmanned aerial technology as well as mitigations for possible misuse.

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UND gets federal OK to collect data with unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes


The University of North Dakota can now take pictures and video from unmanned aircraft for commercial use, but federal officials aren't ready to let the school get into the business of unmanned flight training just yet.

The university submitted a petition in August asking the Federal Aviation Administration to grant it permission to collect data using the aircraft, also known as drones, and conduct unmanned aircraft systems flight training.

NDSU launches center to study diagnosis, treatment of pancreatic cancer


North Dakota State University is set to receive almost $10 million in federal grants to launch a research center focused on pancreatic cancer.

The Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer launched March 1. with three junior investigators, said Sanku Mallik, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and director of the center.

This will be the university's first disease-specific center, and Mallik said the research could lead to new methods of diagnosing and treating the highly lethal disease.

UAS researchers converge on Hillsboro for testing cameras, software


With a shout of "clear," an unmanned aircraft shot up from the gravel road and armed with a camera, floated toward the subject of the day's photoshoot: a utility pole.

As the wind whipped by, the unmanned aircraft held its own and continued taking photographs as its pilot, camera operator and a few onlookers braved temperatures hovering near 20 to observe from the ground.

The Feb. 22 flight was one of many expected to take place near Hillsboro, a small town of about 1,600 people located 40 miles south of the state's reigning hub for unmanned aircraft systems activity, Grand Forks.

Group flies multiple unmanned aircraft at once for first time at Grand Sky


Three unmanned aircraft buzzed overhead for less than 15 minutes Thursday, but the short flight marked a milestone for their operators and nearby spectators.

The demonstration was the first time multiple unmanned aircraft have taken flight simultaneously at Grand Sky, a business park under construction on the southwest portion of Grand Forks Air Force Base.

"This is kind of our process of baby-stepping up to full flight operations," said Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., the firm developing the park.

NDSU assistant professor gets grant to study wind energy


Wind energy potential is stunted by a few factors, including uncertainty in wind availability and the obstacle in transmitting that energy to the grid and to the end users once it’s generated. But North Dakota State University assistant professor Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri has a proposal to solve those issues, along with a $502,810 grant award to flesh out his plans.

General Atomics UAS pilot training in ND could begin in April


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


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

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