N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and Northern
Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) announced today the successful completion of
testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Fargo. Working in partnership
with CNN, Botlink and ParaZero, the NDDOT and NPUASTS performed its first
series of flight tests of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for potential flight over a
group of people in controlled airspace.
is the first phase of North Dakota’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration
Pilot Program (IPP) which is designed to help the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) create new regulations that will enable the safe and
secure integration of UAS (drones) into national airspace systems.
is excited to work with Northern Plains UAS Test Site and partner with CNN,
Botlink and ParaZero to advance research and commercialization of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems,” says Russ Buchholz, UAS
Integration Program Administrator at NDDOT. “We are testing the safety of UAS
systems and looking at how they can operate in different types of situations.”
“The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot
Program’s purpose is to help to enable advanced UAS operations, by working
collaboratively with industry and government,” says Trevor Woods, Director of
Safety at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. “The collaboration between the
NDDOT and the NPUASTS brings two, innovative organizations together that can
best serve the State of North Dakota’s UAS interests, provide an environment
for industry to achieve their goals, and support the FAA with UAS integration
collaborative program is a huge step forward for the industry allowing the
utilization of UAS for media, law enforcement and inspection in urban
environments. Botlink is excited to bring safety features and technology
enabling the integration of UAS in the national airspace and the commercial use
of UAS for operations over people. We are thrilled to be part of this
collaboration with the North Dakota UAS team and CNN," says Terri
Zimmerman, CEO of Botlink.
“As safety is a critical issue, ParaZero presented
their drone safety system as one of the safety solutions to enable flight over
people,” says Eden Attias, CEO of ParaZero.
May, U.S. DOT selected the North Dakota Department of Transportation as one of
10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Pilot
Program. NDDOT and NPUASTS are working together with partners and stakeholders
to accomplish North Dakota’s pilot program mission to provide operational
efficiencies, create new opportunities, build industry to grow the economy and
reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The
three-year program gives state, local and tribal governments a chance to
establish innovation zones for testing complex UAS operations.
The State of North Dakota is a leader in transportation
and UAS advancement. The
UAS Integration Pilot Program technology will enhance North Dakota in many
areas such as pipeline or infrastructure inspections, traffic crash
reconstruction, and emergency response during a life threatening event in rural
areas, such as finding a missing person in the Badlands or on lakes and rivers.
For more information on North Dakota’s UAS Integration Pilot Program visit our webpage at www.dot.nd.gov/uas/
About North Dakota Department of Transportation
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT),
established in 1917, is an innovative and progressive organization with the
mission to safely move people and goods. NDDOT strives to build and maintain an
efficient transportation system of more than 8,518 miles of roadway and 4,858
bridges. Innovation and integration of the UAS pilot program is
key in expanding NDDOT’s future vision for traffic safety, autonomous
technology and partnerships. For more information visit dot.nd.gov.
About Northern Plains UAS Test Site
The Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) is one of seven Federal Aviation Administration UAS test sites in the nation. The mission of the test site is to collaborate with FAA and industry partners to develop, systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting existing general or commercial aviation. For more information, visit npuasts.com.
Botlink was founded in Fargo, N.D. by military pilots and engineers with the intent to safely share the benefits of drones. Botlink is a cloud-based operations platform that links drones to industry in real time. The platform allows users to capture, process and deliver aerial imagery. Botlink also provides automated drone control and safety features allowing operators to remain safe and compliant with complex flight regulations. For more information visit botlink.com.
ParaZero (www.parazero.com) was founded in 2014 to accomplish a vision to enable the drone industry to realize its greatest potential. ParaZero offers a smart and intuitive solution to enable drone industry growth by designing, developing and providing best-in-class autonomous safety systems for commercial drones.
Cable News Network (CNN) is a global news channel and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States. For more information visit cnn.com.