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Northern Plains UAS Test Site Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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By Northern Plains UAS Test Site

April 16, 2024

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Known for results and innovation, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site marks its 10th anniversary this year. The Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site provides a crucial collaboration with the FAA and the unmanned aircraft system industry, developing systems, rules, and procedures to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System.

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Skyfire Consulting announced the launch of Rise DFR Village— the nation’s most advanced training ground for Drone First Responders. This one-of-a-kind facility provides public safety agencies, military/DOD, critical infrastructure, and private industry with best-in-class testing, training, and demonstration grounds to advance and adopt DFR programs.

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Vigilant Aerospace has announced as a strategic partner by DronePort Network to provide Airspace Management, Detect-and-Avoid, and Unmanned Traffic Management for future drone port projects throughout the United States. Vigilant Aerospace’s FlightHorizon solution provides the advanced situational awareness required for safe, scalable autonomous flight.

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Aethero, a Grand Forks-based startup trailblazing the integration of artificial intelligence in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems to analyze and monitor infrastructure health, has secured over $1.1 million in investment.

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Senator Highlights $30 Million for Grand Forks Research, Incl. Dark Swarm, EERC Fuel Cells, Ideal Aerosmith UAS Simulation & UND AR/VR Projects.

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U.S. Navy procures first-of-its-kind 100% solar-electric Group 2 UAS from Kraus Hamdani Aerospace; the K1000ULE VTOL UAS. Ready for the next era of defense, the K1000ULE offering excels in terms of endurance, operational range, capabilities, and autonomy.

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WarrenUAS is now considered one of the best programs in the country for training students to build, program, fly and maintain drone technology – and home to what experts say is perhaps the broadest collection of drone equipment at any educational facility.

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Senator John Hoeven met with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Military Affairs Committee and community business leaders in the last stop of his statewide military tour. Over the past week, Hoeven has outlined North Dakota’s growing role in the nation’s defense and the priorities he secured in the defense appropriations legislation.

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PDRL, a leading software company, introduced a groundbreaking certification initiative designed for the innovative AeroMegh platform, marking a significant advancement in the drone industry.

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that Kratos Unmanned Systems Division has successfully demonstrated the ability of the XQ-58A to fly in concert with two F-35 aircraft and the ability to deliver an integrated electronic attack capability on the XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft during a live flight test event at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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CAL Analytics, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Transportation, has launched a low-altitude air traffic management system for drones to support statewide operations.

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uAvionix announced that it has been awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Broad Agency Announcement contract to advance the commercial use of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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Robotican and Elsight have announced their partnership for optimized connectivity in BVLOS counter UAS military and defense missions.

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Terra Drone Corporation has announced an investment in Aloft Technologies, a company focusing on developing UTM, and a market leader in drone fleet and airspace management in the United States. his investment makes Terra Drone the largest shareholder in Aloft, with Aloft becoming an affiliate company of Terra Drone.

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EHang Holdings Limited announced the debut flight of EH216-S pilotless electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, in Latin America, for demonstrating the safe, environmentally friendly and accessible Advanced Air Mobility in the region.

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The inaugural Oklahoma National Guard Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium was hosted in Oklahoma City from March 12-13, 2024. The symposium addressed the evolving landscape of warfare and security challenges posed by UAS technology, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the UAS threat and countless other emerging advancements.

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DroneShield announced it has received a repeat order of $4.3 million from a U.S. Government customer for a number of its handheld C-UAS systems.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) hosted an Open Architecture Symposium on Feb. 29, 2024, at its headquarters in Poway, California. More than 80 attendees from approximately 30 organizations attended the symposium where government and industry speakers highlighted the tools, communities, and partners required to put Modular Open Systems Approach into practice in the development of UAS.

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The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024.

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Produced by UAS Magazine, the UAS Summit will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

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Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced the awarding of a $274,100 grant to conduct drone detection of noxious weeds. The recipient of the grant is Northern Plains UAS Test Site and the proposal leverages multiple organizations including Grand Farm, North Dakota State University (NDSU), iSight Drone Services and Thales to conduct a large-scale noxious weeds surveillance project.

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Kongsberg Geospatial has partnered with Echodyne to accelerate and extend Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations for Advanced Air Mobility applications. The collaboration will provide enhanced situational awareness to UAS operators by visualizing all airspace movement, cooperative and noncooperative, to ensure safe and reliable UAS operations.

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Scott Meyer, with his rich background in community and military engagement, steps into this role to lead GrandSKY's efforts in working closely with both the UAS industry and the broader community. Meyer's appointment underscores GrandSKY's commitment to fostering innovation, supporting Grand Forks Air Force Base, and contributing to the economic growth of North Dakota.

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AirData’s Public Portal program, used by public safety agencies across the US, offers a proactive solution for community-oriented police departments.

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DroneShield announced that it has commenced development of custom higher performance multi-channel software defined radios (“SDRs”) to be used in new evolution capabilities of future generations of its products.

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SKYTRAC announced that it was chosen by Nova Systems, a leading provider of engineering services and technology solutions, to provide mission-critical satellite communications solutions in support of a series of European Coast Guard programs.

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Elbit Systems unveiled its latest addition to its market leading Hermes family, the Hermes 650 Spark. This Next Generation Unmanned Aerial System boasts outstanding endurance, versatility, and cost-effective performance across land, air and sea operations.

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Eve Air Mobility and SkyScape have announced an agreement to use Eve’s Urban ATM (air traffic management) as a part of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concept of operations published by the Japanese government.

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Domo Tactical Communications and Inertial Labs, Inc. announced a partnership to develop a breakthrough integrated uncrewed systems solution to benefit UxV manufacturers and end users worldwide. The new solution combines technologies from both companies to create a single navigation, command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system.

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MatrixSpace Radar – the smallest, lightest, low cost, high-performance radar – is now shipping to commercial and public organizations in the United States and approved international countries. The award-winning product’s commercial delivery follows its recent Federal Communications Commission authorization.

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