Grand Sky to anchor Counter UAS Task Force

North Dakota-based task force formed to develop, support countermeasure operations North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced today the formation of a UAS industry-led task force focused on supporting the development and advancement of technologies to protect and defend against threats posed by rogue UAS activities. The UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force will be tasked …

Beyond line of sight flights to begin at Grand Sky

Grand Sky, the first commercial UAS business and aviation park in the U.S., announced today it expects to begin  beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations with large UAS at the park this summer. The 217-acre park is the first location in the U.S. to receive regulatory permission to host commercial BVLOS test flights for …

Grand Sky named one of the fifty most innovative projects in the U.S.

Announcing The United States Of Innovation 2017 50 projects that are really making America great again By Fast Company Staff – April 17, 2017 NORTH DAKOTA An open sky just for drones North Dakota is home to the country’s first space strictly for flying drones: the Grand Sky park, a 217-acre expanse in rural Grand …

Northrop Grumman opens Grand Sky site

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today officially opened its new facility dedicated to fostering autonomous systems and other capabilities at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The facility will serve as a nucleus for research and development, pilot, operator and maintainer training along with operations and …

Five years after its inception, Grand Sky continues to take shape

By Brandi Jewett Grand Forks Herald October 17, 2016 Tom Swoyer Jr. can recall in 2011 sitting around a boardroom table in the UND Center for Innovation with local leaders discussing the idea of building an airport for unmanned aircraft. The pitch for an aviation business park on vacant Grand Forks Air Force Base land …

Grand Forks-based Global Hawk helps reach 200,000 hour mark

Appearing in the Grand Forks Herald on July 26, 2016 A Global Hawk based at Grand Forks Air Force Base helped its aircraft model hit more than 200,000 flight hours logged since it was rolled out for service nearly 15 years ago. The high-altitude unmanned aircraft is utilized by the U.S. Air Force for intelligence …