First drone network demo flights happen in Williston

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The Northern Plains UAS Test Site conducted demonstration flights at the former Sloulin Field International Airport as part of the state’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems network.Williston officials joined team members from Northern Plains and Vantis, North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems network, at the former Sloulin Field hangar for the demonstration. Vantis will enable UAS, or drone, flights beyond visual line of sight in McKenzie and Williams counties, with additional locations to cover the entire state once the key site is validated. Part of that validation includes extensive testing of the network. Earlier this year, the VOLY C10 fixed-wing delivery drone was selected by the UAS used to complete that testing and validation.“It’s a pretty historic day for Williston,” said Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. “We’re going to see the Volansi C10 take off on one of the first take-offs from the new Williston Square. It’s going to open up an area of huge innovation for us. Unmanned Aerial Systems and Beyond Visual Line of Site will be commonplace across the globe someday. But today, North Dakota is the leader. Vantis is happening and the first phase is going up in western North Dakota. I couldn’t be more excited for the potential this will bring to our area.”Volansi CEO Hannan Parvizian shared a short video demonstrating some of the capabilities of the unmanned system. As Parvizian explained, the video showed the C10 in action, taking off from one location carrying …

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