Thales Signs Agreement with North Dakota for Statewide UAS Network
Thursday, June 04, 2020 | Comments

Thales signed an agreement to support the state of North Dakota’s effort to build a statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) network for safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

Thales will work with a consortium of North Dakota-based companies including Appareo and Botlink and other global services providers such as Airspace Link and others as the systems integrator and engineering services provider. The consortium will develop the state’s system of systems comprised of communications and surveillance infrastructure, backhaul data network, mission network operations center and UAS platforms and services.

Thales will focus on all elements of the UAS integration into the national airspace over North Dakota. The state’s network will ensure the safety of unmanned flights and keep operators a safe distance from manned aviation. Thales also brings cyber security and the concept of centralized, airspace management for drone operations to ensure the safety and security of the national airspace system.

Thales is actively working with stakeholders globally to address the operational and technical challenges of UAS traffic management (UTM) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic management (ATM) integration and interoperability.

Last year, the FAA granted a waiver to Airbus Aerial to conduct BVLOS UAS operations in Grand Forks, North Dakota, without the need for a visual observer.

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