Awards recognize success attracting international UAS investment to region

The U.S. Commercial Service presented the UND Center for Innovation Foundation and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) with special recognitions for their success attracting foreign direct investment into the region’s unmanned systems cluster, one of the nation’s prominent high tech clusters in a rural state. Newly appointed Director General of the U.S. Commercial …

Wes Shover

Shover to lead UAS business development for Grand Forks Region EDC

The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today that Wes Shover has joined the organization as UAS Sector Development Manager to lead business recruitment in the unmanned systems industry. Shover has more than 10 years of military, commercial, and entrepreneurial experience in the industry as a subject matter expert, instructor, program manager, and …

Sando resigns from UAS role

Terry Sando, the EDC’s Director of UAS Sector Development, announced his resignation, effective in early September, to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. “We are appreciative of Terry’s commitment and his impact on raising the region’s UAS profile, as well as the breadth of industry knowledge he brought to the EDC,” said EDC President …

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 …