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 delta-wing aircraft for the flight operations, which are expected to start in a few months.
“SkySkopes is a highly skilled professional operator that has experience in flying single and multirotor as well as fixed wing air frames,” Robot Aviation CEO Per Kristian Haga said in a statement. “We see them as a national leader that have many certifications. It is a company we appreciate very much working together with.”
SkySkopes and Robot Aviation announced the partnership Tuesday during the annual Norsk Høstfest, a Norwegian heritage festival held in Minot, N.D. Both companies’ U.S. operations are headquartered in Grand Forks.
“Robot Aviation is the most impressive UAS manufacturer in Norway, and we are lucky to have their U.S. headquarters here in North Dakota,” SkySkopes President and CEO Matt Dunlevy said in a statement. “The opportunities that access to their aircraft will bring to our state economy are considerable, and I look forward to seeing their fleet expand. And what better time to announce our Norwegian partnership than at the largest Norwegian festival in the United States?”
SkySkopes recently conducted commercial UAS operations in Minot and looks to open an office in the city.