Test Site, NDSU Receive OK To Fly Midsized Unmanned Aircraft For Research

A 20-foot-long unmanned aircraft has been cleared to take off by the Federal Aviation Administration for an agricultural research project this summer near Hillsboro, N.D. The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced March 4 the Hermes 450 has received approval to fly as part of the project, which is headed by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft…
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VIDEO: See The Ralph Engelstad Arena Like You’ve Never Seen It Before Via Drone

UND hockey fans are familiar with the sights in and around the Ralph Engelstad Arena, but a local startup has used video taken by an unmanned aircraft, also known as a drone, to allow them to see it from a new perspective. Grand Forks company SkySkopes released a video March 4 that showcases a birds-eye view…
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VIDEO: UAS Researchers Converge On Hillsboro, ND For Testing Cameras, Software

HILLSBORO, N.D. — With a shout of “clear,” an unmanned aircraft shot up from the gravel road Feb. 22 and armed with a camera, floated toward the subject of the day’s photoshoot: a utility pole. As the wind whipped by, the unmanned aircraft held its own and continued taking photographs as its pilot, camera operator and…
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Aviation Business Park Marks Year Since Lease Signing, Gearing Up For More Construction

It’s been a big year for Grand Sky, and project officials hope the next one is even bigger. The lease for the business park focused on unmanned aircraft was signed a year ago Feb. 18 by Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks County and Grand Sky Development Co.  In the 12 months since the signing,…
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VIDEO: Groups Fly Multiple Unmanned Aircraft At Once For First Time At Grand Sky

                      Three unmanned aircraft buzzed overhead for less than 15 minutes Feb. 18, but the short flight marked a milestone for their operators and nearby spectators. The demonstration was the first time multiple unmanned aircraft have taken flight simultaneously at Grand Sky, a business park…
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