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Northern Plains UAS Test Site Utilizes Vantis, Grand Sky for Emergency Response Efforts

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

In response to Gov. Doug Burgum’s emergency declaration for spring flooding, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) has begun preparations to support statewide emergency relief efforts.

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The NPUASTS manages Vantis, North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beyond visual line of site network at the Grand Sky Business Park near Grand Forks. The NPUASTS will provide assistance with recovery efforts via flood level monitoring, community awareness tools and a 24/7 Mission Network and Operations Center (MNOC).

Drones will be deployed to monitor flood levels, melt rate and ice jams, and flights will be coordinated with emergency response personnel to provide real-time information. Flight imagery and video footage will also be made available for public viewing. A complete flood…