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 …

Premier UAS event to showcase Grand Forks, state

Produced by UAS Magazine and the Red River Valley Research Corridor. The UAS Summit agenda will showcase why North Dakota is the top UAS destination in the U.S. GRAND FORKS, ND – (July 21, 2016) – UAS Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 10th annual UAS Summit & Expo, the Upper Midwest’s …

Xcel to research drone use for disaster response

A $500,000 Research ND grant awarded yesterday will launch a pilot program to research ways drones can be used to speed recovery efforts following natural disasters. Terry Sando, Director of UAS Business Development for the Grand Forks Region EDC, coordinated the project and grant application. Xcel Energy, Elbit Systems of America and others are providing …

Grand Sky tenants cleared for lift-off

Published June 8, 2016: Grand Forks Herald By Brandi Jewett With a hefty toss, pilot Adam Overvold sent a fixed-wing aircraft soaring into the air Wednesday above Grand Sky business park. Nearby, about a dozen bystanders watched the unmanned aircraft circle an empty patch of land west of Grand Forks Air Force Base—land that many …

North Dakota: The drone capital of the United States

Bloomberg Paul Murphy – November 24, 2015 Grand Forks, North Dakota, is emerging as a hub for the growing network of companies that develop and test Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). In October, leading UAS vendors General Atomics and Northrop Grumman Corp. became the first companies to break ground at the Grand Sky Business and Aviation …