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 …

Grand Forks UAS unit receives excellence award

The Northeast Regional UAS Unit (NERUASU) received the Excellence in Police Aviation award, which recognizes exemplary work in airborne law enforcement. The award emphasizes initiatives to enhance the general level and safety of operations, accident prevention programs, and the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement. The award was given by the International Association of …

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 …

UAS Ecosystem: Catalyst for growth

How has the EDC evolved to support North Dakota’s UAS growth, the ecosystem of UAS? That question was posed to me at the UAS Summit last week. I found a description of ecosystem that perfectly describes our region and how we’ve developed this young UAS sector: An ecosystem is about how people meet, talk, trust, …

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 …