Regional Officials Talk Impact Of UAS On Workforce, Education

North Dakota has garnered national attention for its investment in unmanned aircraft systems, and state officials hope to keep building on the success that has come with it so far. Part of Brian Opp’s job as manager of aerospace development for the state’s commerce department is to promote those success stories when it comes to…
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Reported Drone, Airliner Collision Stokes Debate Over Airspace Safety

A reported collision between a British airliner and an unmanned aircraft over the weekend in London has added fuel to the ongoing fire over airspace safety. Officials in the United Kingdom are calling for authorities to be tougher on drone pilots, and it’s likely those sentiments will filter across the Atlantic to the United States as well. On…
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Sharper Shape Secures $3.35 Million Investment

Aerial inspection company Sharper Shape has announced its procurement of a $3.25 million from venture capitalists. The effort to give funding to the California-based company — which has an office in Grand Forks — is led by Straightforward Capital, a European venture capital firm, an April 15 news release said. “With these investments, we can take the next…
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Local UAS Efforts See Boost With Senate Version Of Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill Tuesday, which includes legislation benefiting unmanned aircraft research efforts in North Dakota. Among them are a five-year extension for the FAA’s test site program, which designated six sites where researchers are charged with exploring ways to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into…
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NASA Test Featuring Drones Takes Flight In Grand Forks County

Grand Forks researchers assisting NASA with an air traffic control experiment involving the flight of multiple unmanned aircraft declared the effort a success Tuesday. The Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site, headquartered in Grand Forks, conducted the flights to help test the capabilities of NASA’s traffic management software for unmanned aircraft. “Data gathered from…
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