FAA, States Mull Ways To Prevent Mid-air Unmanned, Manned Aircraft Collisions

The latest round of data released late last month by the Federal Aviation Administration detailing sightings of unmanned aircraft by pilots and air traffic controllers shows no new reports in North Dakota. Despite earning a reputation of being an up and coming hub for unmanned aircraft systems technology, sightings in the state have been rare…
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UND, Researchers Assisting NASA With Testing Unmanned Aircraft Software

North Dakota researchers will conduct an experiment next month as part of a program helping NASA study space—airspace, that is. The federal agency is exploring the potential for regulating unmanned aircraft systems traffic as the technology advances and is integrated in commercial operations for tasks such as package delivery, inspections and news gathering. Managing additional…
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Grand Forks Air Force Base Received $1.5M To Upgrade Radar To Prepare For Unmanned Aircraft Integration

Regional efforts to research integrating unmanned aircraft into national airspace received a funding boost Thursday to the tune of $3 million. The U.S. Department of Defense funding will be invested at Grand Forks Air Force Base and Fargo’s Hector International Airport to make technical upgrades to their digital airport surveillance radar systems. The upgrade will…
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Ready For Take Off: Runway Access A Go For Grand Forks County Tech Park Tenants

Tenants of the Grand Sky technology park under construction on land rented from Grand Forks Forks Air Force Base will now have access to a runway for flying unmanned and manned aircraft. The base and Grand Forks County signed a joint-use agreement 18 months in the making Wednesday that will allow commercial tenants of the…
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FAA Forecast Predicts Drone Sales Could Reach 7 Million By 2020

More than 7 million small unmanned aircraft are predicted to fly off U.S. store shelves or arrive on doorsteps by 2020, according to a forecast released Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration. In its Aerospace Forecast for fiscal years 2016 to 2036, the agency said 2.5 million of those sales could take place this year.…
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