Grand Forks County has taken another step in the process of establishing a business park for unmanned aerial systems at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force recently gave the county approval of its master developer for Grand Sky, the name of the business park.
Soaring It’s always tempting to take good news for granted. Consider Friday’s story, “Air Force to OK lease for tech park.” It’s easy to glance at a story like that, think, “Tech park by an Air Force base? Had to happen, pretty routine stuff.”
Piloted by Grand Forks Police Cpl. Tim Schuh using a stylus on a video screen, a small hovering unmanned aircraft with four rotors and two cameras created a video map Thursday of the scene of a violent crime from 400 feet above it.
Imagine the day when a farmer pushes a button that launches an unmanned aircraft. The aircraft flies over a field, captures high-tech images of the crop below and translates the images into easy-to-understand information.
Lake Region State College in Devils Lake is getting into the unmanned aircraft systems industry. The college plans to offer training for law enforcement officials and farmers in the use of UAS, and it’s partnering with UND, home to the Center for UAS Research, Education and Training.
Northrop Grumman has committed to being the anchor tenant of a proposed unmanned aircraft systems technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, according to Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
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