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North Dakota’s Precision Ag Summit to Offer Drone Focus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

The sixth annual Precision Ag Summit, which will feature a focus on drones, is kicking off soon in Jamestown, N.D. Once again, the conference is co-hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor and the ND Farmers Union. Taking place [Read More]

UAS Action in North Dakota: Senator Reviews the Latest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., led a roundtable with U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and officials from Grand Sky, the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and the North Dakota University System. Grand Sky [Read More]

Drone Service Provider Spreads out Across Home State

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Marking its first location outside of Grand Forks, N.D., drone service provider SkySkopes is expanding its North Dakota operations and opening an office in Minot. According to Matt Dunlevy, Minot – a “military-friendly community” – is a “perfect staging location [Read More]

U.S. Air Force Vet Joins N.D. Drone Company SkySkopes

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley II, a highly decorated retired member of the U.S. Air Force, has joined SkySkopes as a senior consultant for business development. SkySkopes was the first North Dakota start-up legally approved by the Federal Aviation [Read More]

N.D. Drone Company OK’d for Night Flying; Utility Signs Up Right Away

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 16, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes has inked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The flight services firm completed its first set of nighttime operations on Nov. 10 in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Xcel [Read More]

Safety Audit a Success for North Dakota UAS Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes says it has earned a passing grade on a safety audit conducted by the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. SkySkopes says the National Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems [Read More]

U.S. Senator Takes Grand Tour of UAS Tech Companies in N.D.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 26, 2016

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. – a strong supporter of North Dakota’s growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry – took tours on Friday of drone technology companies Packet Digital and Botlink. Packet Digital specializes in power management applications, including technology [Read More]

UND Gets Nearly $1M in Support of Drone Ag Research

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 12, 2016

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced the National Science Foundation’s award of nearly $1 million to support the University of North Dakota’s (UND) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) agricultural research. According to [Read More]

North Dakota Funds University-Utility Drone Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 05, 2016

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission recently awarded a $499,891 funding request for a Research North Dakota Grant in support of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research. The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Center for Innovation, in partnership with Xcel [Read More]

Fargo Holds Second Annual DroneFocusCon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 02, 2016

A gathering of stakeholders in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, the second annual Drone Focus Conference (DroneFocusCon) kicked off yesterday in Fargo, N.D., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During his opening remarks, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., stressed [Read More]

Large vs. Small UAS: Researchers Explore Which Will Cut it for Farming

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 01, 2016

A Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently took flight to help North Dakota State University (NDSU) with an agricultural research project that tests out large versus small UAS for crop and livestock production. The project will use the Hermes [Read More]

N.D. Police Unit Gains Nationwide Approval for UAS Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 29, 2016

North Dakota’s Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department says its northeast region unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) unit recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to conduct UAS operations nationwide. According to the department, the northeast region UAS unit is the first [Read More]

N.D. Senator Recognized for Work to Cultivate State’s UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 04, 2015

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has been recognized for his work in establishing and expanding the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry in North Dakota. Executives from Altavian and ComDel Innovations presented the senator with Altavian’s Nova F6500 UAS, which was manufactured [Read More]