Nearly 100 university students in 15 teams from around the world will be competing next week at UND to see who has the best spy drone. The challenge: design an unmanned aircraft that can fly undetected into a simulated enemy compound, and find and retrieve a small flash drive within five minutes.
North Dakota’s congressional delegation and Gov. Jack Dalrymple are lobbying the Federal Aviation Administration to locate one of the nation’s new unmanned aircraft test sites in the state, the delegation said Wednesday.
The U.S. House of Representative and Senate on Tuesday agreed to a funding bill that requires six unmanned aircraft system test sites, and the Department of Defense and the FAA are working out selection criteria for test sites, the director of UND's UAS Center for Excellence said.
Hoeven outlines new program that could make region one of six test sites for shared airspace A recently passed bill could help the Grand Forks region secure the “holy grail” for the future of unmanned aircraft, UND’s UAS Center of Excellence Director Al Palmer said Tuesday. Palmer and other members of the North Dakota UAS Integration Team recently pitched the region’s expertise in unmanned aircraft to Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Unmanned mission will keep growing, said Col. Bush Grand Forks Air Force Base has 190 personnel operating Global Hawk unmanned aircraft as part of the base’s new mission following the end of 50 years of refueling operations.
The opening of UND’s new unmanned aircraft training center marks a “triple win,” Gov. Jack Darlymple said Wednesday as politicians, university officials and Air Force leaders gathered to celebrate the payoff after years of work and planning.
Lt. Gen. Larry James oversees the Air Force’s reconnaissance efforts, including its many unmanned aircraft. But when he spoke in Grand Forks on Friday, he sounded almost awestruck by the growing demand for the technology.
Dispatches from the UAS conference Twenty years from now, when historians look for the tipping point when unmanned aircraft technology really took off, Michael Toscano said he believes they'll find it right around the corner from now.
Col. Don Shaffer: Reconnaissance vehicle marks ‘step forward’ as GF transitions to unmanned aircraft missions Grand Forks Air Force Base has welcomed new weapons systems several times since opening in the 1950s, but Col. Don Shaffer said Wednesday that the arrival of a Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft marks a “step forward” as the base once again takes on a new mission.
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