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Published July 20, 2011, 07:25 PM

NDSCS adding UAV program

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota State College of Science is launching classes for students about unmanned aerial vehicles. These classes will become a UAV program.

North Dakota State College of Science is launching classes for students about unmanned aerial vehicles. These classes will become a UAV program.

Shane Goettle – State Director: "We've set the stage for what could be."

Starting this fall, students can take classes to maintain Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and deliver the data they store.

Dr. John Richman – NDSCS President: "Think of the diesel technician, think of the plumber, the electrician, that is what we are going to create is the curriculum to educate this person to work on them and keep them up."

And North Dakota will be able to launch further into a 100 billion dollar industry.

" An opportunity to align their talents and their training to better meet the requirements of a technology driven economy."

You may think of unmanned aerial vehicles as huge, like Predator drones used by our troops. But UAVs can get so small, and be so portable they can be used by the average consumer."

Dr. Richman: "A craft in the back of a pickup, the farmer goes out to his crops, his field. He takes the craft, he launches it, and it’s flying above the crops. "

That data can be used to see effects of fertilizer, or interpret how crops are growing.

This can save hours for farmers, allowing them to transfer information almost immediately.

Dr. Richman - "That buyer wants to know how crops are being grown on a daily basis.

Some say it will help North Dakota land the position as leader of UAV technology.

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