3689562396?profile=originalThe 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 Operations education. 

This semester, another fifteen students at UND had their first introduction to the myriad systems that make up unmanned aircraft systems.  Building and flying their first unmanned aircraft (3DR Quadrotor), these students were able to experience hands-on integration of the essential systems common to nearly all unmanned aircraft.  While not engineers, the students learned valuable lessons (theory, too) about open and closed-loop controls, propulsion systems, aircraft and rotorcraft aerodynamics, potential energy systems, systems monitoring, ground control interfaces, flight planning and communications.  Their hands-on experiences are proving to be the single-greatest avenue for introduction to complex technologies and their integration to form capable complex systems.

Thanks to 3DRobotics for helping make this learning experience possible.

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  • This is absolutely amazing!!!  I have been trying to get 3DR to collaborate with UND for Years! :)  I really can't begin to express how happy I am to see that Ben Trapnell out of all the teachers is the one leading the charge.

    I'm a big fan Ben.  I went to UND for 1 semester for UAS but up having to leave because of a family issue.  I'm currently getting my degree in CAD Engineering and plan on returning for my UAS Degree.  I currently have a large amount of friends and contacts who are current UAS Students and Graduates of the program.  The things you folks do up in North Dakota is what inspired me to start Diy Drones News.  I plan on coming up to UND once a month to do news reports on the UAS program and conferences and such up their.  Minneapolis to Grand Forks isn't to bad of a drive.

    Take it easy Ben, Say hi to Aaron Dahl for me in class ;)

  • Tell Aaron he can thank me for that 3DR Quad he has in his hand!!!  He was my roommate!!!!!!!! He is the guy in underarmour swearshirt first row.


  • Glad we could help! Keep up the good work!

  • Great work guys, looks like way to much fun! Need to get a picture of all the quads in the air!
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