Proposal Seeks To Give Feds Authority To Down Any Drone Deemed Safety, Security Threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A White House proposal seeks to grant federal officials the power to monitor and destroy any unmanned aircraft system deemed a safety or security threat to government facilities and operations, according to a draft of the legislation. Published May 23 by the New York Times, the document is making rounds in Congressional committees…
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ISight RPV Services Granted Permission To Fly Drones At Night

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Federal Aviation Administration has granted North Dakota drone company iSight RPV Services permission to fly its aircraft at night. The company received a waiver needed for nighttime flights on May 12, which allows iSight to operate drones at night for two years. Drones outfitted with lights and special sensors, such…
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Drones Playing Key Role In North Dakota Storm Damage Assessment Research

MAYVILLE, N.D. — A research project exploring how drones could be used to improve damage assessment efforts of utility infrastructure following a natural disaster is set to make headway in the coming weeks. Xcel Energy, the University of North Dakota and Elbit Systems of America, among other partners, will deploy drones to find and assess…
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Court Strikes Down FAA Requirement For Recreational Drone Registration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirement for hobbyist drone operators to register their aircraft last week, citing previous legislation that forbids the agency from creating regulations for model aircraft. The ruling, handed down May 19 by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for…
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University Of North Dakota, SkySkopes Receive State Research Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A research project aiming to use drones to conduct energy audits of North Dakota college campus buildings received nearly $442,000 in grant funding last week. The University of North Dakota Office of Research and Economic Development and drone flight operations company SkySkopes were awarded the funding as part of the state’s Research…
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