‘A Whole New View’: Unmanned Aircraft Revolutionizing Engineering Sector

By Lisa Gibson Prairie Business Magazine  When GPS became available for surveying in engineering, it changed the industry, says Brady Woodard, construction engineering specialist for Moore Engineering Inc. in West Fargo, North Dakota. “I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t grasp onto it. It was just the new way of the industry.” Woodard and…
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Harris, North Dakota Partners Awarded Research Grant For UAS Testing

BISMARCK, N.D. — A major defense contractor has received a research grant from the state of North Dakota to develop capabilities for flying unmanned aircraft systems beyond the line of visual sight. Harris Corp. was awarded a two-year grant as part of a partnership between itself, the University of North Dakota and the Northern Plains…
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UND Seeking Director For New UAS Research Institute

The University of North Dakota is seeking a founding director to lead its newly created Institute of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems. The job is one of the latest step in a process that has rerouted reporting lines for unmanned aircraft systems programs within the university in an effort to centralize and open the technology up…
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Long-Range Drone Flight Research Set To Take Shape This Year In ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If there’s one thing a group of unmanned aircraft systems researchers in North Dakota has learned, good things come to those who wait. For staff at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, an organization tasked with researching the safe integration of drone technology into national airspace, waiting has come with rewards…
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Bill Aimed At Banning Weaponized Drones Fails In ND House Vote

BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill aiming to ban weapons of all forms from being attached to drones flown in North Dakota failed to pass a state House vote Tuesday. House Bill 1167 sought to close a loophole allowing nonlethal and less-than-lethal weapons, such as Tasers and tear gas launchers, to be installed on unmanned aircraft.…
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