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 …

General Atomics breaks ground $2.5 million drone academy Grand Forks

By Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald Grand Forks Air Force Base Commander Col. Rodney Lewis welcomed the latest in a series of new neighbors at Grand Sky business park Monday. Unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. broke ground on its training academy slated to be built at the business park, which also …

Northrop Grumman breaks ground on $10 million facility

By Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald Brisk North Dakota winds greeted guests Thursday in the midst of an active construction site for Northrop Grumman’s groundbreaking ceremony near Grand Forks  The defense contractor became the first tenant of Grand Sky business and technology park to turn up topsoil, even if it was with ceremonial shovels and …

Groundbreaking on Grand Sky project represents years of preparation

By Brandi Jewett, Forum News Service Behind a mound of prairie dirt piled high Wednesday lies a glimpse into the future of the unmanned aircraft systems industry in Grand Forks County. The dirt will be spread and primed for shovels wielded by people whose work in the last few years will culminate in the official …