North Dakota's lieutenant governor promotes state as a drone test site

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August 14, 2013

By Sarah Rosier

North Dakota

Bismark, North Dakota: Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley (R-ND) promoted the state as a testing ground for American drone use. Wrigley noted that local colleges, including the University of North Dakota and North Dakota Statute University, have conducted training and studies related to unmanned aircraft use. Wrigley referred to the state as being "at the front of the line" of the drone industry.[1][2]

The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International held their three-day conference on the heels of a Congressional order for the Federal Aviation Administration to allow commercial drone use.[3]

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