‘Unmanned U’: UND is at epicenter of drone innovation

Mechanical engineering Kaci Lemler (right), an employee with Field of View, a UAS-support business, explains how equipment aboard UAS can record and distinguish between living plants and nonliving things. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.
Mechanical engineering Kaci Lemler (right), an employee with Field of View, a UAS-support business, explains how equipment aboard UAS can record and distinguish between living plants and nonliving things. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Call it the Valley of the Drones.

A narrow swath straddling North Dakota’s eastern border, anchored by Grand Forks to the north and Fargo to the south, the Red River Valley of the North has long been known for having some of the richest agricultural land in the world. These days, however, it’s making a big name for itself as a fertile bed in the surging global unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

And the University of North Dakota is well positioned in this enviable sweet spot as the central hub to it all.

That was the message at the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo, held recently at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

If you’re looking to make a name for yourself in the multi-billion-dollar-and-growing economy that is UAS: Get to know UND and its long list of regional partners that, when combined, just might be the “Silicon Valley for Drones” as dubbed by the New York Times. Read more

NASA to Highlight Opportunities in North Dakota at UAS Summit & Expo

NASA, UAS industry partners will explain collaboration on UTM development and future beyond visual line of sight flights.John Cavolowsky

GRAND FORKS, ND – (August 16, 2016) – North Dakota’s role in NASA research aimed at the safe integration of small and large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace will be discussed during the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo August 22-24 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

On Tuesday, attendees will hear from John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program, and a panel of experts who have partnered with NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) program. Cavolowsky will speak from 8:50-9:20 a.m. in Ballroom 5 on NASA’s UAS goals. The panel discussion will include large and small business leaders who have participated in NASA’s UTM program. The panel will be led by Shawn Bullard, president of the Duetto Group LLC in Washington, D.C. He serves as the federal advisor to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota, one of six Federal Aviation Administration-approved sites in the nation.

Panelists include Jaclyn Louis, director of government relations and senior counsel for Intel Corp., San Francisco; Craig Marcinkowski, director of strategy and business development for Gryphon Sensors, Syracuse, N.Y.; Chris Theisen, director of research, development, test and evaluation with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site; Joseph Burns, CEO of Sensurion Aerospace, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital and Botlink, Fargo, N.D.
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UAS Summit & Expo is Next Week!

Why Attend the UAS Summit & Expo in 2016?

UAS Summit
Now in its 10th year, the UAS Summit offers an unmatched mix of networking, content and industry insight on every important aspect of the UAS industry.
Organized by the only dedicated entity that focuses purely on UAS—UAS Magazine—the Summit includes crucial information on large, medium and small UAS operations, industry trends, government UAS work and input from the best in the industry on the most important topics. Read more

UAS Summit & Expo August 22-24, 2016

UAS Summit

Why Attend the UAS Summit & Expo in 2016

UAS Summit & Expo
August 22-24, 2016, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Now in its 10th year, the UAS Summit offers an unmatched mix of networking, content and industry insight on every important aspect of the UAS industry.
Organized by the only dedicated entity that focuses purely on UAS—UAS Magazine—the Summit includes crucial information on large, medium and small UAS operations, industry trends, government UAS work and input from the best in the industry on the most important topics.
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2016 UAS Summit & Expo August 22-24, 2016

Produced by UAS Magazine, UAS Summit will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

Grand Forks, ND – (Mar. 23, 2016) – UAS Magazine announced this week the dates for the 10th annual UAS Summit & Expo, the upper Midwest’s premier unmanned aircraft systems event produced by UAS Magazine, in collaboration with the Red River Valley Research Corridor.  Taking place August 22-24 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the 2016 event, focused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems – will feature industry and military leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators with the most important insight of today’s UAS world. Read more