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N.D. UAS test believed to be world's first

HILLSBORO, N.D. — What's believed to be the world's first test of its type using large unmanned aerial systems for agricultural data gathering in a public-private partnership took place at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Municipal Airport.

John Nowatzki, the North Dakota State University agricultural machine systems specialist for the Extension Service, says a May 20 test was the first test of UAS vehicles for agricultural data gathering he's heard of in the U.S. It is the first in the world, he says "We're flying over large areas," Nowatzki says, noting the footprint of the study corridor is 40 miles by 4 miles. 


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