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Technology Parks and Incubators

North Dakota’s high-tech research facilities and incubators foster the growth of the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. These facilities offer access to educational resources and the expertise of leaders in the UAS field so that businesses and students benefit from knowledge centers that specialize in innovative technologies.

Grand Sky Business Park

The Grand Sky business and technology park in Grand Forks County, N.D., is under construction, with spaces available for UAS industry tenants in 2015.

Grand Forks County is leading an effort to establish Grand Sky - an aviation business park at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Grand Sky is situated on approximately 200 acres on the Base and focuses on unmanned aircraft systems.

The Grand Sky campus is under construction and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for UAS development, testing and training, sensor technology development and data analysis and management. It capitalizes on the expertise of regional academic institutions such as the University of North Dakota's UAS Center of Excellence and Northland Community & Technical College's UAS Maintenance Technician Program.

Training Facilities for Businesses and Contractors
Grand Sky’s initial facility includes thousands of square feet for classroom instruction and hands on training, as well as computer labs and simulation areas to support training activities for pilots and sensor operators. The expanded site plan envisions a hangar, aviation, shop, office and data center facility serving as a hub for business and education.
Grand Sky’s facilities are expected to grow to over 1.2 million square feet and accommodate companies, educational institutions, government contractors and public agencies involved in the UAS sectors.

UND's REAC1 Facility provides access to high-tech labs and office space to assist in growing their tenant's UAS footprint.
University of North Dakota - Tech Accellerator
The Research, Enterprise and Commercialization (REAC1) Facility is adjacent to the campus of the University of North Dakota and operated by the University of North Dakota Research Foundation. This facility provides companies the opportunity to lease high-tech labs and office space in order to facilitate the growth of their UAS businesses.

The facility is conveniently located near the UND School of Aerospace Science and Grand Forks Industrial Park, and includes:
  • Class A office space.
  • Two-story bay that can be developed as engineering pilot plant space.
  • Wet lab and engineering lab space.
  • A large conference room that seats up to 65 people.
  • Two smaller conference rooms.
  • Ethernet and wireless capabilities throughout the facility.
For more information about the REAC1 facility or leasing opportunities, please visit Tech Accellerator - University of North Dakota.
UND Center for Innovation.
The UND Center for Innovation focuses on innovators, research  and commercialization of new technologies.
UND Center for Innovation
The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation provides aid to innovative entrepreneurs and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital.

For those interested in entering the UAS industry, the Center of Innovation offers the advantage of being centrally located to North Dakota’s UAS resources and testing sites. The Center also boasts experienced tenants that serve as mentors, including Northrop Grumman, one of the most notable leaders in the UAS industry.

NDSU's Research & Tech Park is the hub for UAS precision ag research and innovation.
NDSU Research & Technology Park
North Dakota State University’s Research and Technology Park aims to cultivate new technologies and business ideas by providing technologically minded entrepreneurs with mentors, networking opportunities, and access to capital. Its state-of-the-art facilities and connections with some of the most business-savvy minds in North Dakota’s engineering and technology fields make it a valuable asset to the development of the UAS industry across the state.
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