UND Announces Plan To Create Institute For Unmanned And Autonomous Research

By Kaylee Cusack, UND Today When UND President Mark Kennedy arrived on campus last year, he saw the same potential in the expansive North Dakota airspace as John D. Odegard did when he launched UND’s leading aerospace program in 1968. And like Interim President Ed Schafer, who centralized unmanned activities in the President’s Office in…
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North Dakota Drone Focus Film Festival Seeking Entries

Two North Dakota nonprofits are calling on filmmakers to submit short films for a special upcoming festival held in Fargo, N.D. The event is the Drone Focus Film Festival, which will showcase films created using drone technology. It’s put on by two organizations: NDstrong, an educational film nonprofit organization, and Emerging Prairie, an entrepreneurial nonprofit.…
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Xcel Energy, FAA Announce Research Partnership On Safe Inspection Of Critical Infrastructure

Via press releases: Xcel Energy announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration to research the safe operation of drone technology to inspect critical infrastructure. The agreement involves using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect more than 20,000 miles of Xcel Energy transmission lines in 10 states. The data collected from diverse climates, conditions…
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Drone Assists North Dakota Law Enforcement In Shooting Suspect Search

REYNOLDS, N.D. – A drone was deployed late last week to assist law enforcement officers as they searched for a man accused of fleeing from authorities, shooting at them and then stealing three cars — including one with a baby inside. Search crews scoured an area near Reynolds for Daniel Michael Two Hearts for hours Thursday night and early Friday…
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