This May 14, 2013… one of several small drones designed for use by law enforcement and first responders is shown at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. Michael Huerta, the Federal Aviation Administration administrator, flew to Grand Forks on April 21, 2014 to announce his agency had granted North Dakota a two-year certificate to begin flying a small drone. The announcement made North Dakota the first of six test sites that can begin flying missions. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Dan Gunderson, File)
While the state already had the University of North Dakota’s first-of-its-kind unmanned aircraft degree program. Gielow also cited the presence of the Air Force’s unmanned aircraft mission at the Grand Forks Air Force Base as a reason for the state’s strong position. North Dakota officials have also spent money to welcome drone research. The state put more than $14 million in the Grand Forks site, and the congressional delegation has consistently pitched federal officials that it would be a good home for drone research.
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