Vantis is designed to develop and implement a commercially operational UAS BVLOS flight system throughout North Dakota and other states.Leverage the Network
Powering a UAS Ecosystem
Reach beyond the lab and into the reality of commerce, public use and innovation. Push boundaries and create a product development advantage. Use Vantis as the catalyst. Move goods and serve people. Our skies are open for business.
All Systems Go
Beginning with the initial state investment in 2019, Vantis has achieved many goals toward full network deployment. Keep track of these achievements and see what's on tap for the future.
- North Dakota invests $28 million for fiscal years 2019-2021 to create statewide UAS network
- System integrators selected - Collins Aerospace, L3Harris and ThalesUSA join the team
- Unmanned aircraft chosen for UAS network testing
- Vantis officially launched, creating one-stop turnkey network to facilitate UAS growth
- Key site implementation begins in McKenzie and Williams counties
- North Dakota Department of Transportation participates in the FAA's BEYOND program, which supports Vantis
- Mission and Network Operations Center (MNOC) construction begins at Grand Sky
- Vantis team conducts informational town halls and meets with stakeholders around the state
- Infrastructure work comes to completion in Williston and Watford City areas
- Vantis recognized by AUVSI and other UAS groups for achievement
- Vantis receives $20 million investment for fiscal years 2021-2023 to continue eastern statewide buildout
- Thales selected as final system integrator
- Expanded network validation to show safe, repeatable BVLOS flight
- Open flights for private and public groups to spur development
- Continued expansion tying agricultural, urban, and energy areas of state together
- Work directly with FAA to shape new UAS policies for safe operations
- Create blueprint for other regional and national BVLOS networks
This robust network will serve as the catalyst for broader commercial UAS operations for years to come; a complete solution that addresses the FAA's safety risk management process.
Vice President, Air Traffic Management, Americas, Thales