U.S. Secretary Chao Announced As Drone Focus Conference Speaker

FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has accepted an invitation to attend and speak at this year’s Drone Focus Conference. Chao will be hosted by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at the conference, which highlights advancements in drones, robotics and other technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the Federal Aviation Administration,…
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Drone Biz: North Dakota Support For Drone Industry To Continue Amid Financial Uncertainty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brett Sanford confirmed May 11 that the state will continue to champion the unmanned aircraft systems industry despite cuts to state research funding. As part of a more than $1 billion state budget decrease, about $4.3 million in grant funds for the Research ND program were trimmed.…
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BVLOS Flight Testing Set To Begin This Summer In North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A new dawn is set to break in North Dakota as researchers prepare to take a crucial step forward in drone flight while many in the unmanned industry await reports of their progress. In a section of airspace northwest of Grand Forks Air Force Base, researchers representing public and private organizations aim to…
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$8 Million For New Federal UAS Training Facility Part Of Funding Bill Moving Through Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Grand Forks could be conducting their unmanned aircraft training in a new facility if a federal funding bill is signed into law. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced May 3 that the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes…
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Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford To Speak At May’s Drone Biz Event

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The top elected official overseeing unmanned aircraft systems in the state of North Dakota will speak at Drone Biz this month. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will highlight opportunities the state’s executive leadership sees for the unmanned industry. Sanford is the chairman of the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, which oversees the Northern…
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