Raytheon Executives Making Monday Visit To Grand Forks

Executives from a major American defense contractor will be making in the rounds Monday in the Grand Forks region. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and other leaders will host Raytheon Co. executives in an effort to recruit the company to Grand Sky business park, according to a news release. Raytheon specializes in weapons, military and commercial electronics, including air…
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Grand Forks-based Global Hawk Puts Aircraft’s Total Flights Over 200,000 Hour Mark

A Global Hawk based at Grand Forks Air Force Base helped its aircraft model hit more than 200,000 flight hours logged since it was rolled out for service nearly 15 years ago. The high-altitude unmanned aircraft is utilized by the U.S. Air Force for intelligence gathering missions, with Global Hawks under the branch’s command accounting…
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Eye In The Sky: Civil Air Patrol Volunteers Track Research Drone From The Air

HILLSBORO, N.D. — His target just out of sight, Kent Ridl leaned into the left turn until his plane found itself once again on a straight course. “There it is,” said co-pilot Ken Schuler, whose eyes hadn’t left the quarry during the turn. “Keep coming, keep coming, keep coming.” A few hundred feet ahead and…
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Insurance Companies Eye North Dakota, Test Site For Research Help

The potential for using unmanned aircraft systems in the insurance industry has some companies looking to North Dakota for help with researching applications. The technology can be used for aerial inspection purposes that could help those companies evaluate damage to homes following severe weather, among other uses. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site, which researches…
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New Drone Rules Should Help Farmers, Ag Businesses

By Jonathan Knutson – Agweek They’re aircraft without a human pilot aboard, and they go by many names. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UASs (unmanned aerial systems) and drones are the most common. For a time, UAVs or UASs were the generally preferred term, in part because many in the industry thought drones carried unwarranted military and…
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