CAMP GRAPTON TRAINING CENTER, N.D. — Today the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) and the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site (NP UAS TS) announce an agreement which will allow UAS systems to conduct flights over portions of the Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) near Devils Lake.
"This agreement provides the NP UAS TS with sufficient area and facilities providing the agency excellent options for testing aircraft right here in North Dakota," said Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general. "CGTC compliments the operations of the NPUASTS by hosting suitable locations for ground-based sensors, launch and recovery and other necessary support so the Test Site can focus on coordinating airspace, conducting flight operations and collecting data."
"Partnering with the National Guard will allow us to test in a controlled environment with access to the unique facilities and ground space at the CGTC" said Nicholas Flom, the Test Site's Executive Director. "This agreement also showcases the strong partnership and support that the Test Site has received from various North Dakota state agencies to fulfill our mission."
This agreement takes a holistic approach to supporting the growth of the UAS industry in North Dakota. Through this agreement both organizations are finding efficiencies.
The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.
The NP UAS TS is one of seven FAA 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.
B-Roll – Dropbox: Videos courtesy of NPUASTS / N.D. Department of Commerce