Monday, July 03, 2006

North Dakota Is UAV Country

If there is ever a war between the Dakota's then you would want to be on the side of the North. They will not even need an army because they will be ready with fleets of unmanned flying warriors.

The population of Unmanned Arial Vehicles in North Dakota has been gaining momentum lately and the UAV future looks bright.

Some of the recent headlines:
Grand Forks Herald: UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES : 'Victory for North Dakota'
"The vice chiefs of staff of the Air Force and the Army signed the agreement June 20. The agreement is a significant step in ratifying the Air Force's plan to place a "family of UAVs" in Grand Forks and is good news for Fargo, said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Conrad has said that Grand Forks could become a hub for new UAV technology being tested and developed, such as the next generation of unmanned bombers."

The University of North Dakota UAV Radar System
The University of North Dakota is working on a project to install a system of ground-based radars to help general aviation aircraft detect unmanned aerial vehicles.
The radar system would create ground-based systems to monitor all of the air traffic above North Dakota and steer commercial aircraft away from UAV's. This would allow UAV testing and training without worry about sharing the sky.

UND gets grant for unmanned aerial vehicle research
Richard R. Schultz, Associate Professor & Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Dakota, was recently awarded $457,985 from the U.S. Army Research Office for a three-year project to develop higher resolution techniques that sharpen video captured by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and to help with automatic target recognition and tracking.

Lockheed Martin to Provide UND with UAV
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (LMMS2) has agreed to provide the University of North Dakota (UND) with access to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of $1M of in-kind support for UAV studies.

Governor Hoeven to Award UND Aerospace With $1M Check
Governor Hoeven will present a $1 Million Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence award check. Through the Centers of Excellence program, the state is funding the UAS Center of Excellence at University of North Dakota Aerospace

UND Aerospace

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