David Hambleton, manager of advanced systems for Northrop Grumman Autonomous Systems, (left) shakes the hand of Northland Community and Technical College President Dennis Bona after the pair announced the donation of an drone from the company to the school Tuesday in Grand Forks. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.

NCTC Receives Donated Drone From Northrop Grumman

Students in Northland Community and Technical College’s unmanned aircraft systems programs will have a new resource available to them courtesy of a donation from a defense contractor. The  school announced Tuesday it has received a Bat UAS and accompanying equipment from Northrop Grumman Corp. during the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo at the Alerus Center…
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The Sharper A6 aircraft hovers above the Alerus Center arena Aug. 23. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.

GALLERY: The 2016 UAS Summit And Expo In Photos

The 2016 UAS Summit and Expo saw more than 20 speakers take to the stage and half a dozen unmanned aircraft systems take off Tuesday in the Alerus Center. Below is a gallery of photos from the day, with more coming soon.


ISight RPV Flies Drone Equipped With Position Broadcast System

ISight RPV Services marked a milestone for unmanned aircraft flight this week when the company successfully flew with a special surveillance technology on board. Automatic dependent surveillance broadcast technology allows an aircraft to link up with satellite to determine its position in the airspace and then intermittently broadcast it. The broadcasting allows the aircraft to be tracked.…
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A crowd gathers to view the Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft on display Monday during a field day at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Regional Airport. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.

Regional Drone Research Efforts Showcased In Hillsboro, N.D.

HILLSBORO, N.D.—It’s been a busy summer for an Israeli unmanned aircraft that has spent its time flying over land in Traill and Steele counties for research efforts. The Hermes 450 aircraft and its crew were lauded Monday by local and regional leaders who noted the flights were helping keep North Dakota at the cutting edge…
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From left, Josh Joy Tanner Hoover and Michael Pierce, who are all students at UND attended the UAS Student Access at the UAS Summit and Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND on Monday, August 22, 2016. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

Student Access Day At UAS Summit And Expo Facilitates Connections

College students looking for a piece of the unmanned aircraft system industry’s future gathered Monday in Grand Forks to help launch their career plans. More than 100 students and educators from UND, Northland Community and Technical College and other schools gathered for a day of their own as part of the UAS Summit and Expo…
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