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HERE, THE SKY’S NO LIMIT

North Dakota’s spacious skies are not only worth singing about, but they’re also serving as America’s unmanned proving ground. One might say it’s the Silicon Valley of drone innovation and a pacesetter for the nation. Our state is one of seven FAA test sites that conducts vital research for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into our national airspace system.

North Dakota means business when it comes to UAS, investing over $44 million to advance research and development in this critical industry. Today 50 companies employ nearly 1,000 in the UAS industry, but that’s forecasted to go up, up, up by 2026 to be a $100 billion sector offering 100,000 jobs in research, manufacturing and service.

Partners like Northern Plains UAS Test Site, Grand Sky Business and Aviation Park, University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University see the potential on the horizon, too. The open terrain, uncongested airspace, a true four-season climate, and proximity to robust energy and agriculture industry clusters give North Dakota a wing up. So, if you’re ready to fly with a leader, there’s no better place to take flight than North Dakota.

UAS Industry Fact Sheet

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UAS TRAINING & EDUCATION PROGRAMS

LINKS & RESOURCES

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SUCCESS STORY

Giving Wings to Growth

Grand Sky and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. are teaming up and expanding UAS aircraft and sensor testing as well as training and development activities in North Dakota.

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