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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Speaker Highlights Positives Of Using Unmanned Aircraft For Inspections

Tero Heinonen has a vision for a world where unmanned aircraft fly along millions of miles of power lines, railways and other major infrastructure. The aircraft would fly out of their pilots’ sight to monitor structural condition and return with data that would be analyzed and used to assist utility companies in making decisions regarding…
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Stakes High In North Dakota’s Unmanned Aircraft Investments

For years the ground has provided the oil and crops that have fueled North Dakota’s economy, but bets have been placed on an airborne industry joining those staples. Those wagers are on the unmanned aircraft industry and they are hefty, with tens of millions appropriated for research and economic development efforts over the past decade,…
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