Grand Forks, N.D.–Today Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) presented a RQ-4 Block 10 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) full scale model to the Northland Community & Technical College (Northland) Foundation. The presentation was part of the Red River Valley Research Corridor Unmanned Aviation Systems Action Summit.
The model was gifted to Northland Community and Technical College Foundation in support of Northland and the University of North Dakota’s (UND) unmanned systems educational programs. UND provides extensive UAS pilot training and Northland provides UAS aircraft maintenance training.
“We are extremely honored and excited by this generous donation from Northrop Grumman,” shared Dan Klug, executive director of the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation. He continued, “The cooperative spirit between Northland, UND, and Northrop Grumman is a clear demonstration of the importance of unmanned aerial systems and its growth in our region.”
“For 11 years we have used this full-scale model at various events around the world and we are incredibly proud to provide this gift to the students of NORTHLAND and UND,” said George Guerra, vice president HALE Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “We are confident it will be of great use to the students and we are proud to have it be a part of the Red River Valley community.”
The full-scale model arrived at NORTHLAND the last week of April. The students of NORTHLAND’s Aviation Maintenance Technology and the Auto Body Program refurbished and repainted the model, which will now be displayed at Northland’s aviation campus in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Prior to its arrival at Grand Forks, the model traveled all over the world. The model was built in 2000 by Aurora Flight Sciences in West Virginia and made its debut at the Farnborough International Air Show in July. Shortly after Farnborough, it was showcased at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in front of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Since then, the full-scale model has been displayed at numerous air shows and military bases in the United States and internationally. Last year the model was featured at the Grand Forks Air Force Base open house.
The RQ-4 Block 10 Global Hawk has a wingspan of 116.2 feet, the length is 44.4 feet, and the height is 14.6 feet. It can fly up to 65,000 feet and has a maximum endurance of 32 hours.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
About Northland Community &Technical College Foundation
Northland Community & Technical College Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation in the state of Minnesota. Its mission is to support the college by providing opportunities for contributors to invest in and enhance the educational experience of Northland students.
Northland Community & Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Northland is a comprehensive community and technical college that has campuses in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and online.
About Red River Valley Research Corridor
The Red River Valley Research Corridor is a nonprofit corporation in North Dakota. It is committed to catalyzing and promoting science, technology, training and engineering initiatives that create new economic opportunities in the Upper Great Plains region.
About UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Summit
The fifth annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit features nationally noted keynote speakers and expert panelists exploring the future of Unmanned Aviation in the Red River Valley Research Corridor and nationally. Topics include regional and national airspace initiatives, the future of UAS simulation and training technologies, emerging trends in unmanned aircraft systems research and technology, building the regional UAS industry, and the use of unmanned aerial systems in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. More than 400 attended the summit in 2010, and the RRVRC UAS Summit is one of the nation’s top unmanned aircraft technology showcases for one-on-one discussions with industry professionals.
Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator. Visit NCTC online at www.northlandcollege.edu.