Political Commercial Puts Spotlight On N.D. Drone Company

Story courtesy of Forum News Service. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven thinks drone technology will be North Dakota’s “next big thing.” He shared his belief at the DroneFocus 2016 conference in Fargo this summer and reiterated it in a commercial he recently shot for his re-election campaign. The commercial features Flight Pros, a drone business launched…
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2 Face Charges For Operating Drones During Pipeline Protests

Story by Amy Dalrymple Forum News Service MANDAN, N.D. – Two participants in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest have been charged with crimes related to using drones in what may be the first criminal cases in North Dakota against drone operators. One man is charged with stalking after he used a drone to photograph private…
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Northeast Region UAS Unit Receives National Award

The Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit  has received national recognition for its work. The unit, which is based in Grand Forks, was presented with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Police Aviation Award at the IACP Annual Conference earlier this month in San Diego. Awards are presented to an individual who holds…
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Five Years After Its Inception, Grand Sky Continues To Take Shape

Tom Swoyer Jr. can recall in 2011 sitting around a boardroom table in the UND Center for Innovation with local leaders discussing the idea of building an airport for unmanned aircraft. The pitch for an aviation business park on vacant Grand Forks Air Force Base land came at a time when commercial flight of the…
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Researchers Explore Technology That Could Prevent Midair Conflicts Between Drones, Other Aircraft

A team of North Dakota researchers is testing technology that will allow airplane pilots and others to detect the presence of flying drones and avoid incidents such as midair collisions. The research project is using cooperative airspace techniques and visualization technology to make a case to the Federal Aviation Administration in hopes the agency would…
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