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The Silicon Valley of drones isn’t in California

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

July 2, 2015

Washington Times features Botlink, N.D. drone industry

The unmanned aircraft industry is growing so quickly in North Dakota that two Fargo companies almost signed their recent merger deal on a napkin.

That’s how the Washington Times described the genesis of Botlink LLC, the new joint venture between Packet Digital LLC and Aerobotic Innovations. Read the full article.

June 8, 2015

Drone Focus Conference builds industry buzz

Momentum is mounting behind North Dakota’s drone industry and its launch point may have been the Drone Focus Conference at the Fargo Jet Center, Wednesday, June 3.

Packet Digital was one of about 130 developers, pilots, engineers, farmers, legislators, students and members of the public in attendance to learn about the rapidly growing business of drones.

Packet Digital’s new partner, Botlink LLC, helped organize the event and Packet Digital CEO Terri Gunn Zimmerman and Botlink COO Shawn Muehler offered a Q&A session to discuss our new joint venture and the capabilities of the upcoming Botlink platform.

Terri even won a new drone (which we’re hoping she brings to the office so we can fly it)!

In case you missed it, we hope you’ll attend the Drone Focus Conference 2016, which has already been scheduled for June 1 next year. Watch for more updates from Emerging Prairie, Botlink or this website. #DroneFocus

June 5, 2015

Proud to celebrate Pi Day

Packet Digital celebrated Pi Day (3.14.15) one day early with a pie bake-off on Friday, March 13th. We’re proud to be part of a community of engineers, academics and students who recognize the significance of the mathematical constant pi in our everyday lives. Read more about the “Pi Day of the century” in the Fargo Forum.

March 16, 2015

North Dakota: “The Drone Test State”

The Peace Garden State might be adding a new nickname thanks to FAA approval that opens up two-thirds of the state to drone testing and makes North Dakota its largest drone test site. Read how North Dakota companies like Packet Digital are taking charge over Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Emerging Prairie and Tech Crunch.

February 18, 2015

Packet Digital featured in UAS Magazine

Read how Packet Digital is changing the way people think about Unmanned Aerial Systems in UAS Magazine.

February 5, 2015

Small Businesses Bring Rapid Innovation and Jobs

Packet Digital’s ongoing effort with the Army to reduce power consumption of equipment used by soldiers in the field has been written about in Fortune as an example of how regional innovation strategies enable small businesses to rapidly develop innovation and create jobs.

July 16, 2014

Intelligent Power Management for Drones

Packet Digital plans to bring intelligent, efficient power management to unmanned aerial systems, or drones, extending flight times and enabling the use of renewable energy to keep the aircraft aloft significantly longer than ever before. Read more in the Fargo Forum.

Gartner Named Packet Digital a 2014 Cool Vendor

Gartner named Packet Digital a “Cool Vendor” in their 2014 “Cool Vendors in Semiconductors” report. The article discusses Packet Digital’s On-Demand Power autonomous, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling technology and why it is an important development in power management.

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May 8, 2014