North Dakota’s Vantis UAS network to benefit from central operations centre

North Dakota’s statewide Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) network known as Vantis has established a Mission and Network Operations Centre (MNOC) at the Grand Sky business and aviation park. MNOC is designed to provide secure network operations monitoring and administration, customer coordination and support, performance and safety data reporting and other critical factors.

Grand Sky is a commercial UAS-focused business park that supports UAS flight testing, training and development.

MNOC personnel will validate operator and unmanned aircraft information, confirm operational flight approvals, authorise information access, review documentation, training and credentials. During flights, they will monitor flight operations and manage contingencies as required. They will also verify flight completions and save operational data.

“It’s really the command center of the entire network,” said Jim Cieplak, programme manager of Vantis. “The MNOC will be integral to coordinating flights and ensuring safety, and it couldn’t be in a better location.”

“The MNOC is an indispensable part of the infrastructure of Vantis,” said Nicholas Flom, executive director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, which oversees Vantis. “We’re putting together all of the technology necessary to accomplish our lofty goals, so as physical remote infrastructure is deployed, the MNOC is ready to go to connect the network.”

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