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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Sharper Shape, National Group Partner To Explore Drone Flight Inspections

An aerial inspection company with an office in Grand Forks is partnering with a national association to explore the flight of unmanned aircraft beyond observers’ visual line of sight. Sharper Shape, which uses unmanned aircraft to inspect utility infrastructure, will work with the Edison Electric Institute to study this type of flight, a news release…
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Grand Forks Drone Company Part Of Carson Wentz Video Shoot

Several cameras captured Carson Wentz walking down Broadway in downtown Fargo for an ESPN video shoot, but only one filmed the NFL prospect from above. The aerial view of the North Dakota State University standout quarterback was supplied for the network’s NFL draft coverage by an unmanned aircraft flown March 21 by Grand Forks company…
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VIDEO: Businesses Explore Use Of Digital, Thermal Cameras On Drones

In splashes of pink, blue and yellow, the room around David Dvorak and Kaci Lemler comes into focus on a nearby screen. The view originates from a thermal camera — one of three cameras mounted on a nearby unmanned aircraft. Combining the cameras for a flight earlier in March took some creative engineering for Dvorak and…
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