U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has marked the roll-out of the first unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufactured in North Dakota – a Nova F6500 from Altavian.
Executives from ComDel Innovation and Altavian, based in Gainesville, Fla., showcased the UAS at ComDel's plant in Wahpeton, N.D. In February, ComDel and Altavian signed an agreement to manufacture UAS and components, and Hoeven worked with the companies to bring together public and private leaders from around the state to mark the important milestone for North Dakota’s UAS industry.
Altavian’s Nova F6500 is a small, fixed-wing aircraft that will be used for data collection in energy and agriculture operations. The companies are donating the aircraft to the Fargo Air Museum in recognition of the event’s significance to North Dakota, which has a long history in aeronautics.
“We have worked to bring together many partners to help establish our leadership in UAS research, development and manufacturing,” says Hoeven. “That means good-paying jobs for our people and innovative, new technologies with applications in agriculture, border security and many other areas.”
“Altavian is in North Dakota to build a professional and safe commercial drone business, and we are committed to growing the jobs and economic benefits this emerging industry has to offer,” adds John Perry, CEO of Altavian.
Photo courtesy of Altavian