North Dakota

North Dakota IPP Flights Over FargoDome Tailgate to Help Build Safety Case for Flights Over People

As a member of the North Dakota Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team, Vigilant Aerospace Systems will provide airspace monitoring and situational awareness for the upcoming “flights-over-people” operations to occur on Saturday, Sept. 29th over one of the nation’s largest football tailgate parties, with the Federal Aviation Administration observing.

Real World Experiences Flying with NASA

Vigilant Aerospace CEO, Kraettli Epperson has been selected to present one of a limited number of “TED talk”-style presentations on the main stage at the upcoming 2018 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st.

North Dakota Cyber Security Conference

The North Dakota Cyber Security Conference brings together community members from education, government and industry to share strategies, best practices and innovative solutions to address today’s challenges in cyber security. The vast scope of modern cyber threats calls for active participation from individuals and organizations across the state.

Hess Corporation Selects Redline Communications For Wireless Networks In Bakken Digital Oil Fields

Redline Communications (TSX: RDL), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless networks for the oil and gas industry, announced it has signed a significant contract with Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, to provide wireless networks for its operations in the Bakken […]

A Legal Victory For Drones Warrants A Fourth Amendment Discussion

A recent legal decision in North Dakota that used evidence against an American citizen using a drone – and gathered without a warrant – raises some interesting arguments about the Fourth Amendment in the 21 st century. Rodney Brossart was sentenced to three years in prison in January for a June 2011 incident involving police, a neighbor, and six cows. (In the end, he will serve three months in prison and three months at home. ) At some point, local police borrowed a drone used by the border patrol to take photographic evidence during a confrontation between Brossart, his family members and a police SWAT team. Brossart’s lawyer wanted the case thrown out because the drone surveillance was conducted without a warrant.  The attorney, Bruce Quick, said in March 2012 that, “it’s bizarre to me they would be using military drones for that purpose. … I don’t think those things are intended to be used for that.” State prosecutor Douglas Manbeck countered the anti-drone argument, saying there is “no existing case law that bars their use in investigating crimes.” In July 2012, State District Judge Joel Medd allowed the drone evidence to stand, saying, “there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle.” Brossart and his sons threatened and fought officers at the scene, in an armed standoff that was witnessed by the drone as it was used to show live video to police.  The drone was also used to locate Brossart’s family before the confrontation. The Brossart […]