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Goehring approves funding for drone detection of noxious weeds grant

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By North Dakota Department of Agriculture

March 13, 2024

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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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Volatus Aerospace Corp., a leader in the operation of piloted and remotely piloted aircraft systems, announced that it has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA for Commercial Agricultural Aircraft Operations using drones.

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Draganfly Inc. announced that it has been selected by the Ulkatcho Group of Companies to provide and expand UAV solutions and capabilities within the Ulkatcho First Nation’s Traditional Territory which will include, but are not limited to Commercial UAV services for Mapping & Survey, Resource & Wildlife Management, Training, Emergency Response & Wildfire Monitoring.

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BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system. The technology refresh will increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, providing the unmanned aerial tanker with an integrated solution that improves aircraft performance and allows for future capability growth.

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UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía unveiled its latest product, the GNSS-Denied Navigation Kit. This revolutionary solution is specifically designed to thrive in GNSS-denied environments, offering unparalleled navigation capabilities in challenging scenarios.

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Wingtra has launched a breakthrough drone LIDAR solution. All the features included in the WingtraOne GEN II —efficient capture, easy operation and rock-solid, reliable high accuracy—are now paired with the power of a leading-edge Wingtra-engineered LIDAR sensor that combines the best components available in their class.

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Raytheon's KuRFS radars and Coyote effectors team up to defeat evolving, proliferating unmanned aircraft system threats.

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Scientific Systems has demonstrated autonomous, peer-to-peer, collaboration and orchestration of commercial satellites and UAS, to include closed-loop control of all associated multidomain sensors, and exploitation services.

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Vertx Partners announced the release of a groundbreaking Deloitte study assessing West Virginia’s potential to become a hub for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The comprehensive study reveals key insights into the booming AAM market in the United States and positions West Virginia as a strategic player in this transformative industry.

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Australian zero emission aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero has signed an order and received deposits for 10 of its Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, with an option for 10 more, from its first civil customer Aviation Logistics, paving the way for emission-free flying across Australia.

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OWT Global and Echodyne Corp, the radar platform company delivering high-performance commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radars, announced a strategic relationship to develop and bring to market next-generation situational awareness solutions across OWT Global’s portfolio.

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ITA Airways, Airbus, UrbanV and Enel are partnering to promote and develop the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Italy. The collaboration aims to promote this new disruptive technology and the development of a sustainable transportation solution with the commitment and cooperation of the national mobility stakeholders.

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Rotor hosted guest of honor New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu in the first live flight test of its autonomous helicopters. The company-hosted event, which also included a tour of Rotor’s new Research & Development Center and a naming ceremony for Rotor’s R550X prototype, was attended by staff, their families, and invited VIPs.

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EDGE Group has announced a contract to deliver several robust, multi-layered counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) to the UAE Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a significant move towards reinforcing the UAE’s national security.

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RECARO Aircraft Seating announced its selection by Eve Air Mobility to design, certify, and produce seats for the company’s groundbreaking electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

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Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Aerosonde® Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) took its inaugural operational flight from its first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the LCS-28 USS Savannah.

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MITRE partnered with the U.S. Navy to develop a small UAV with big potential in the maritime domain. The low-cost drone can operate autonomously at sea for an extended period and support a wide range of operations, from defense to marine biology to meteorology, and beyond.

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ParaZero Technologies Ltd., an aerospace company focused on drone safety systems for commercial drones and urban air mobility aircraft, announced it has facilitated one of its customers in obtaining the first-ever light uncrewed aircraft system ("UAS") operator certificate ("LUC") in Denmark.

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O’Leary Ventures has signed a partnership agreement with The HIVE in downtown Grand Forks to sponsor and secure the naming rights for the main floor conference room.  The main floor conference room will now be known as the “O’Leary Ventures Conference Room”.

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Joby Aviation, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Helo Holdings, Inc., (“HHI”), to install the first air taxi charger in the greater New York City region at the company’s heliport in Kearny, New Jersey, located just a two minute flight from Manhattan.

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The collaborative team integrated NPS’ own cutting-edge flight-path planning software known as POTION with the Vanilla UAV, developed and operated by Platform Aerospace.

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