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
This may be the coolest story all month. We've talked about unmanned aerial systems before.
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."
From an earlier post: previous stories on North Dakota drones: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.
- Northrop Grumman coming to North Dakota, October 11, 2015
- North Dakota becomes first state to legalize drones for police use, The [London] Independent, September 11, 2015
- North Dakota approved for night-testing drones, August 23, 2015
- First drone to be manufactured in North Dakota, rolled out in Wahpeton, June 8, 2015
- Update on drones in North Dakota, May 10, 2015