Drone Biz: Botlink Works To Make Drone-collected Data Accessible, Adaptable

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In 2015, two Fargo, N.D.-based companies realized that their combined efforts could yield a drone control and safety application that they hoped would make flying the aircraft more effective, easier and safer. Two years later, Botlink CEO Terri Zimmerman and Chief Strategy Officer Alex Kube say the product they have can…
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Ceremony Marks Official Opening Of Northrop Grumman’s Grand Sky Facility

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Two years after signing its lease, Northrop Grumman Corp. officially opened its new research and development facility April 21 at the Grand Sky unmanned aircraft systems business and aviation park The $10 million-plus facility will serve as a nucleus for research and development, pilot, operator and maintainer training along with operations and mission…
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Cities, States Developing Drone Regulations As Technology Grows In Popularity

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — As the number of drones flying off store shelves in the United States continues to climb, county and city officials are crafting laws meant to keep the aircraft in check. Across the country, more than 130 localities have passed some sort of law impacting the use of drones, according to a…
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Report: Number Of U.S. Public Safety Agencies Continues To Climb

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A growing number of public safety agencies in the United States are adding unmanned aircraft to their tools of the trade. Nearly 350 agencies reportedly own a drone, according to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. Among them are two agencies in North Dakota: the Northeast…
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SkySkopes Receives City Loan To Assist With Bakken Expansion

MINOT, N.D. — SkySkopes, a drone flight operator based in Grand Forks, N.D., was awarded a $375,100 forgivable loan to assist the company in establishing a Bakken operations office. The Minot City Council voted unanimously April 4 to approve granting the loan that would draw funding from the city’s MAGIC Fund, a growth fund used…
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