General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. will be expanding its Flight Test and Training Center at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.
An affiliate of General Atomics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is the leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the PredatorRPA series and the Lynx Multi-mode Radar.
"We’re excited to expand our footprint at Grand Sky as part of our FTTC in Grand Forks," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. "This growth from 5.5 acres to 20 acres will benefit our customers and strengthen our commitment to the Grand Forks community by building out our test and training capacity."
According to company officials, GA-ASI’s expansion is intended to address its increasing demand from U.S. and international customers for flight crew training and sensor system testing. GA-ASI plans to add a second permanent hangar with more office and classroom space in the near term. The company currently employs 47 people in the Grand Forks area, and expects to at least double this number in the years ahead.
In addition to the permanent and temporary hangars at Grand Sky, GA-ASI’s existing FTTC operation includes an office building located near the University of North Dakota campus, with classrooms and a Predator Mission Aircrew Training System simulator.
The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.