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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.”

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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


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


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


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.

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