In a June article, MarketWatch said North Dakota is becoming the hub for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology and provides an interesting history regarding drones in our state.
In 2005, the Grand Forks Air Force Base avoided a shut down by transitioning from single-manned fighter jets to unmanned drones. Now in the summer of 2015, Grand Sky Development Park, the first unmanned-flight airport, is scheduled to open at the base.
The shift to unmanned aircraft has sparked all kinds of development. The University of North Dakota created the first undergraduate degree for unmanned aviation, and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks was the first such site approved by the FAA and remains the largest of any single state.
In addition, there’s a startup spirit (or “pioneering” spirit as we like to say in North Dakota) akin to the San Francisco tech boom, inspiring companies like Packet Digital and Botlink to develop hardware and software for the future of the drone industry.
Read the full article at marketwatch.com.