University drone teams nationwide compete in Grand Forks

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Drone pilots from nearly two dozen universities across the country gathered in Grand Forks over the weekend to compete in the national collegiate drone racing championship at the University of North Dakota.

For about 60 pilots from 23 university club teams it’s more than competition, it’s about having the opportunity to meet with drone industry officials and learn about the latest technology.

UND senior Jordan Krueger says competitors have intrinsic knowledge of their drone, so that when it crashes they can fix it. Krueger estimates there are about 300 drone racing pilots at universities across the country, but many lack resources to compete in a sport because equipment can cost a couple of thousand dollars.

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