North Dakota UAS projects set to receive USD14m government funding

North Dakota’s senators have secured USD14 million in funding for the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence, which is co-led by the University of North Dakota, through a slew of appropriations bills, US Senator Kevin Cramer and Senator John Hoeven announced, reports the Grand Forks Herald.

Also secured by the bills are USD6 million in research grants for UAS projects conducted at test sites, including the Northern Plains UAS test site in Grand Forks.

The bills passed the Senate 82-15 and now go to the House for consideration. If approved by the House without changes it will then go to President Joe Biden for consideration. If passed by the House, the funding will come from the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for the next fiscal year, says the report.

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