FARGO, N.D. – An Air Force installation in North Dakota that specializes in unmanned aircraft might one day be flying its drones to the top of the world.
The state's two U.S. senators believe the Grand Forks Air Force Base could be a key player in the country's Arctic mission, which is likely to expand in the coming years.
The Grand Forks wing currently focuses on the launch, recovery and maintenance of drones, which would be preferred over manned missions in the hostile Arctic conditions.
The base is home to three unmanned aircraft models, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The Global Hawk is considered particularly valuable because it can conduct long-range missions, fly at 60,000 feet and roam in a particular area for 24 hours or more.