What strengthens North Dakota’s prospects in unmanned drone testing

Jun 12, 2019 | News

June 12, 2019 - Building up a new ecosystem from scratch requires the government to establish regulations, especially since UAS will have to coordinate movements with existing conventional aircraft. Several state governments across the U.S. are taking the initiative in this regard, but none have been as proactive as North Dakota, which has steadily laid claim to being one of the primary launching spots for drone technology. In May, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill that channels $33 million towards the UAS industry. Of that, $28 million will be used to set up a statewide air traffic control system for UAS, $3 million to upgrade the existing UAS infrastructure, and the remaining $2 million will be used for operations at the state’s Northern Plains UAS Test Site.