Sunday, May 10, 2015

Update On Drones Over Dakota -- May 10, 2015


Drones and North Dakota: here


March 2, 2017: West Fargo

January 44, 2017: job opportunities

August 29, 2016: tomorrow, August 30, 2016 -- first day legal for commercial drones; posted everywhere -- expect 600,000 commercial drones in a decade.

August 26, 2016: Israeli's Hermes 450 at Hillsboro, ND

July 11, 2016: Grand Forks AFB home to three unmanned a/c models, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk.

June 2, 2016: Walmart to use drones to inventory massive distribution centers.

May 31, 2016: DHS and UND partner on drone security.

May 23, 2016: Israelis testing drones in North Dakota; record set

March 9, 2016: front-page story in The Boston Globe. Massachusetts technology moving to North Dakota

December 25, 2015: The New York Times brings us up to date, on drones in North Dakota.

August 26, 2015: North Dakota allows drones to shoot from the air

August 23, 2015: North Dakota approved for night-flight testing of drones; first site/only site in US to gain such approval. 

June 8, 2015: first drone manufactured in North Dakota is rolled out, Wahpeton, ND 

Original Post

A huge "thanks" to a reader.

This may be the coolest story all month. We've talked about unmanned aerial systems before.

Background posts:
PRNewswire is reporting
This week, nearly two-dozen North Dakota aerospace and aviation leaders are in Atlanta for the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2015 conference to showcase the state's dominance in America's hottest new industry.
As one of the largest blocks of airspace available in the country for flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the goal of integrating UAS into the national airspace, the delegation will be at the show to discuss how the nation's first operational UAS test site is advancing research and has become increasingly open for businesses in this high profile industry.
In 2014, North Dakota became the first mission-ready test site chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assist in research integrating unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft into the national airspace.
North Dakota alone has invested $22.5 million into the test site to advance research and development for the commercialization of UAS, and will be investing an additional $10 million further between now and 2017. In addition, the state's 'Research ND' program will offers $5 million biannually in grants for research and development to organizations and companies involved in UAS research through cooperation with the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU).
"North Dakota is attracting innovative thinkers in UAS technology, creating jobs and expanding this important industry," said Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who also serves as chairman of the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority. "The momentum our state has gained in the past year alone, in cooperation with the FAA, shows again that we are the premier location for the advancement of UAS."
In February, the Grand Forks Air Force Base officially signed an Extended Use Lease Agreement that will allow for the development of the nation's very first UAS business park, Grand Sky. Governor Jack Dalrymple has already appropriated $2.5 million in state funds to further develop the 1.2 million square-foot UAS aerospace and technology park, with plans ahead for further annual investment. Grand Sky is estimated to eventually house 3,000 collaborating innovators for the advancement of UAS technology, including anchor tenant Northrop Grumman - who just signed a formal lease agreement and will break ground on its new facility at Grand Sky in September.
From an earlier post: previous stories on North Dakota drones:
The last link provides additional links taking the story back to the beginning. California was specifically denied an early opportunity by the Federal government to compete in drone development (story at one of the links above). The Los Angeles Times was stupefied, unable to understand why.

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