Vantis, a statewide Unmanned Aircraft Systems network, is expanding in North Dakota. Northern Plains UAS Test Site Executive Director Nicholas Flom says the initiative will enable unmanned aircraft to fly beyond the line of sight. “We have a requirement when we fly a UAS we can’t run into manned airplanes, so how do we see them? We use radar. We are also putting in multiple radios that extend flight ranges.” North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum approved $20 million to continue building out the network. North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford says the statewide approach to the initiative helped secure those funds in the state legislature. “People know what’s been happening in Grand Forks the last 10 years. The Legislature thinks the ROI has paid off. We have industries in the state looking at how to provide UAS to agriculture.”
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