DroneFocus Conference Kicks Off June 1 In Fargo

Unmanned aircraft systems industry members will gather Wednesday in Fargo for the second annual DroneFocus Conference. Speakers are arriving from around the world to give their take on the fast-growing UAS industry. The event, organized by Emerging Prairie, is set to begin Wednesday morning with an welcome address by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. I…
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UAS Test Flights Successful For Agricultural Research Project Near Hillsboro

By Mikkel Pates – Forum News Service HILLSBORO, N.D. — What’s believed to be the world’s first test of its type using large unmanned aerial systems for agricultural data gathering in a public-private partnership took place at the Hillsboro Regional¬†Airport. John Nowatzki, the North Dakota State University agricultural machine systems specialist for the Extension Service,…
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More Research Projects Featuring Drones Get OK From UND Committee

UND faculty members are planning to use a rural piece of university property to conduct research utilizing unmanned aircraft to train law enforcement officers and map vegetation. Oakville Prairie, an area with more than 900 acres of land about 12 miles west of Grand Forks, will be home to the projects set to begin in…
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Local Researchers Concerned Unmanned Aircraft Data In Study Could Be Public Record

Uncertainty surrounding the public availability of data from research partially paid for by state dollars has a UND committee exploring a request for an attorney general ruling on the matter. The school’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Ethics and Privacy Committee voted Wednesday to move forward with the process of seeking an opinion from Attorney General…
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East Grand Forks To Give Land Access To Remote-controlled Aircraft Club

The East Grand Forks City Council will give a remote-controlled aircraft club the chance to use city land on the north end for a temporary flying site despite pushback from residents living nearby. The council unanimously approved an agreement May 17¬†between the city and the Red River RC Flyers club. The agreement spans three years…
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