UND’s Aerospace/UAS Building Holds ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony


The University of North Dakota’s (UND) new Aerospace and UAS Research, Training and Education Building (Robin Hall) has marked a milestone in its development, says U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

On Oct. 15, a “topping off” ceremony was held to celebrate the setting of the highest beam at the facility, scheduled to be completed next May.

According to Sen. Hoeven, Robin Hall represents a commitment to the future and will strengthen North Dakota’s position as a national hub for the research, development, testing, operation and commercialization of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technologies.

The 66,000-square-foot Robin Hall is being funded largely by private donations and is being built and managed by the Aerospace Foundation, the private-sector support arm of UND Aerospace.

A major tenant of the building will be UND’s Center of Excellence for UAS, which in 2006 was one of the early beneficiaries of the state’s Centers of Excellence program, launched by then-Gov. Hoeven. It was the first collegiate degree program of its kind in the nation and has emerged as one of the world’s premier programs for UAS training, says Hoeven.

The senator says for more than a decade, he has worked both as governor and senator with the state’s UAS community to establish North Dakota’s leadership in UAS technologies and to grow UAS operations in the Grand Forks region.

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