At the Google Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Airspace Seminar this week, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., pitched North Dakota’s new business and technology park, Grand Sky, as an up-and-coming hub for UAS technology.
With companies such as Northrop Grumman and General Atomics breaking ground and FlightSafety International looking closely at the park, Grand Forks County is building a cluster of UAS businesses and training facilities that will create new synergies in the field, Hoeven told the audience of technology business leaders from around the world.
“We’re actively recruiting companies to come to Grand Forks to be part of our Grand Sky technology park,” the senator said. “Google sponsored a conference here in D.C., and we made the pitch that if they want to be part of the future of aviation, they should come to Grand Sky in Grand Forks. UAS truly is one of the most innovative sectors of our economy today – one that also holds huge economic potential for our state and nation. The Grand Forks region has the perfect mix of resources to be a premier UAS hub in our nation, and I look forward to continuing to advance its role in this exciting industry.”
During his remarks, Hoeven recognized Bob Becklund, director of the Northern Plains UAS test site in North Dakota. Hoeven also recognized Tom Swoyer and Jeff Donahoe, who lead the development of the Grand Sky business and technology park.
Hoeven also highlighted private innovations occurring in North Dakota that dovetail with NASA’s research, including the extended range and data (XRD) technology developed by Botlink LLC in Fargo.