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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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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