North Dakota Drone Focus Film Festival Seeking Entries

Two North Dakota nonprofits are calling on filmmakers to submit short films for a special upcoming festival held in Fargo, N.D. The event is the Drone Focus Film Festival, which will showcase films created using drone technology. It’s put on by two organizations: NDstrong, an educational film nonprofit organization, and Emerging Prairie, an entrepreneurial nonprofit.…
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Xcel Energy, FAA Announce Research Partnership On Safe Inspection Of Critical Infrastructure

Via press releases: Xcel Energy announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration to research the safe operation of drone technology to inspect critical infrastructure. The agreement involves using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect more than 20,000 miles of Xcel Energy transmission lines in 10 states. The data collected from diverse climates, conditions…
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Drone Assists North Dakota Law Enforcement In Shooting Suspect Search

REYNOLDS, N.D. – A drone was deployed late last week to assist law enforcement officers as they searched for a man accused of fleeing from authorities, shooting at them and then stealing three cars — including one with a baby inside. Search crews scoured an area near Reynolds for Daniel Michael Two Hearts for hours Thursday night and early Friday…
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DRONE BIZ: February Event To Feature ND Test Site, Its Beyond-line-of-sight Permissions

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — With innovative permissions from the Federal Aviation Administration at their disposal, local researchers are set to begin exploring operations for flying drones beyond the line of visual sight. Staff from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site will present on the topic at this month’s Drone Biz event. Executive Director Nick Flom…
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RDO Equipment Explores Drone Use In Agriculture, Construction

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A swarm of bees outfitted with cameras descending on a field of corn might be part of the future of agricultural data collection. The bees in this case aren’t insects but rather eBees, a type of fixed-wing drone manufactured by senseFly and sold regionally by RDO Equipment. The drone are used to…
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