14 May 2014
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks said they have signed a cooperative agreement to offer unmanned aircraft system pilot training to domestic and global customers using SandShark, a remotely-piloted aircraft trainer.
SandShark emulates manually flown RPAs, offering pilots a realistic, hands-on flying experience. The aircraft is optimized for ten times the number of takeoffs and landings of an operational RPA, providing significantly more affordable training. SandShark aircraft and ground terminals are based at select airfields across the nation. Pilots fly the aircraft from anywhere in the country through a commercial broadband Internet connection or 4G cellular network.
Under the three-year cooperative agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide two SandShark RPAs and a ground station to advance research collaboration between the company and the university, and to broaden the university´s flight training program by extending training to the university´s international students.
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