GRAND FORKS, ND – Taking the next step in implementing and utilizing North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) network, Vantis announces the companies and organizations who will be flying real-life use cases on its network this summer. The six winners were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) process that began last year, seeking multiple UAS, or drones, to support operational testing of beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights on the statewide UAS network.
“We have selected some of the most innovative and advanced UAS operators and manufacturers out there,” said Jim Cieplak, Vantis program manager. “We look forward to this next stage, with multiple aircraft flying multiple use cases on Vantis simultaneously.”
RFP winners include:
These partnerships are built on a principle of mutual benefit. The test flights of various, diverse use cases by diverse aircraft will provide additional data and testing on the network to ensure that it meets the highest safety standards in all circumstances. Meanwhile, the data on these flights collected by the Vantis network will serve to help bolster the case these operators will make to the FAA in pursuit of type-certification for these aircraft.
“We’re partnering with innovative companies and organizations who are pushing the bounds of possible in the UAS industry,” said Trevor Woods, executive director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, which administers Vantis. “By selecting operators with a variety of intended use cases, we are ensuring that Vantis can serve diverse industries in North Dakota and beyond.”
About the Northern Plains UAS Test Site
The Northern Plains UAS Test Site is one of seven Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites in the nation. The mission of the NPUASTS 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. NPUASTS is administering Vantis.
Vantis is North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) network, the first of its kind in the nation. Created by North Dakota with an initial investment in 2019, Vantis provides turnkey support to commercial and public UAS operators through infrastructure and regulatory approvals allowing applications and usability over a variety of industries. Visit VantisUAS.com for more information.