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Published August 13, 2013, 08:34 AM

UAS firm names UND its official training center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- UND is now a factory-authorized training center for Draganfly Innovations’ line of small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aimed at law enforcement agencies, the university said Tuesday.

By: Forum News Service, Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- UND is now a factory-authorized training center for Draganfly Innovations’ line of small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aimed at law enforcement agencies, the university said Tuesday.

The university has been working with the company’s Draganflyer X6, a six-propeller helicopter, in collaboration with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department since last year.

More recently, the university said it provided a two-day training course for four Illinois State Police officers.

Alan Frazier, a UND professor and part-time Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy who heads up the training program, said the Draganfly contract will be the first hands-on UAS training contract.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

UND has been trying to become a center for UAS training, primarily in simulations. Its other factory-authorized training program involves simulations of the Scan Eagle, a Boeing UAS that’s about as large as a real-life eagle.

Draganfly also offers training at its headquarters in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and says on its website it can send trainers around the world as needed.

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