Next Drone Biz Lunch To Feature General Atomics

A staff member from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will headline the next Drone Biz luncheon in Grand Forks. Set for Oct. 13, the lunch will feature Everett Dunnick, manager of the company’s flight training academy near Grand Forks. The academy is located in Grand Sky, an aviation business park under construction on Grand Forks Air Force Base. The…
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Riedy Named As COO Of EdgeData

A former UND administrator has a new job with a Grand Forks-based software firm. Joshua Riedy has joined EdgeData as its chief operating officer and has claimed a partnership stake in the company. Riedy most recently served in roles as the vice provost, chief strategy officer and chief information officer at UND. During his time at UND, he oversaw several…
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Image of SkyRobot FX200 aircraft. Photo courtesy of Robot Aviation.

Robot Aviation, SkySkopes Announce Global Operations Partnership

Two unmanned aircraft systems companies with Grand Forks ties have announced a partnership for global operations. Flight service firm SkySkopes and Robot Aviation, a major Norwegian UAS manufacturer, are teaming up for missions to collect thermal and infrared data in a series of test flights around the Western Hemisphere. The two companies will be using the Robot Aviation FX20…
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Source: "Drones in Humanitarian Action," 2016.

Survey: Humanitarians Have Favorable Views On Using Drones In Their Field

The number of uses for unmanned aircraft continues to climb and some are beginning to delve into the technology’s potential in the humanitarian sector. A survey conducted over the course of November 2015 to January 2016 by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action found most respondents had favorable views of using drones in the field. “A majority…
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A DJI Inspire drone similar to one purchased for use by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office flies through the air. File photo.

Drone To Be Used By Marshall County Sheriff’s Office For Search And Rescue, Other Tasks

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office now has a drone at its disposal to assist with searching for missing people, photographing crime scenes and other tasks. The agency is finalizing some of the legal paperwork that would enable it to fly the aircraft within the county but does have a DJI Inspire drone in its possession.…
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