Grand Forks, ND

About Me:

Associate Professor, University of North Dakota Life Member Academy of Model Aeronautics Former Naval Aviator, Landing Signal Officer, Aviation Safety Office Graduate Naval Test Pilot School short course in UAS Flight Test

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Developed and implemented the nation's (maybe the world's) first undergraduate degree program in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations at the University of North Dakota.


Grand Forks, ND

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Benjamin Trapnell replied to htr's discussion NEW - GPS/INS system - High accurate low cost attitude,position,velocity sensor. in ArduCopter User Group
"I have been wondering for a while now why someone hasn't done this yet. I would think that any effort to fly beyond line of sight would require a mitigation for unintentional/intentional GPS denied environment.  SWAP and cost: If it can be made to…"
Aug 22, 2016
Benjamin Trapnell posted a blog post
Be it the fall, or the spring, I welcome this time of year.  Teaching unmanned aircraft systems operations at the University of North Dakota is a lot of work.  This time of year, however, makes it all worth while.  It's the time when my students…
May 6, 2015
Benjamin Trapnell posted a photo
Each student in the UAS Operations degree program at UND is required to develop a concept of operation of a UAS and then to build an aircraft to learn the systems integration from a first-hand perspective. With help from 3DRobotics, all our students…
Aug 17, 2014
Benjamin Trapnell posted a blog post
  The University of North Dakota has been at the forefront of UAS Operations education since 2009.With more than 130 students enrolled, and having more than 50 graduates to date, the program is continuing to advance the nature of Unmanned Aircraft…
Dec 10, 2013
Benjamin Trapnell posted photos
Dec 10, 2013
Benjamin Trapnell commented on Ed Kirk's blog post Ducted Fan Tricopter
"I would think that putting the effort into the development of very lightweight shrouds for tri or quad copters might be more cost and efficiency effective. Conventional EDF's are extremely inefficient, especially when flown at extremely slow speeds…"
Feb 9, 2012
Benjamin Trapnell commented on Paul Marsh's blog post UAV Exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum
"One can also go to the annex out at Dulles International. Global hawk and MQ-9 (I think...)"
Nov 7, 2011
Benjamin Trapnell commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Amateur UAV pioneer Maynard Hill passes away
"In many ways, the UAS community in general owes a great deal to this giant, and many others who pushed the boundaries of radio-controlled aeromodeling.  I remember some of Maynard's experiments with electrostatic stabilization systems and his…"
Jun 11, 2011
Benjamin Trapnell replied to Andy Geppert's discussion Studying Tornados with UAVs
"That aircraft was a Bruce Tharpe Engineering "Super Hauler." The Engineering department flies a couple of those doing payload development."
Apr 19, 2010
Benjamin Trapnell replied to Andy Geppert's discussion Studying Tornados with UAVs
"Aerodonde has be flown into a hurricane and back again with no significant problems. The key is whether or not (no pun intended) the aircraft tries to fly a track over the ground. That would be a wild ride."
Apr 19, 2010