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August 10, 2018

NEWS RELEASE: General Atomics expands footprint at Grand Sky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(GRAND FORKS, N.D.) – Aug. 9, 2018 ­– Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the U.S., announced tenant General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) will significantly expand the company’s presence on the property.

Under the agreement, GA-ASI’s leased space will be expanded from its current 5.5 acres to 20 acres, all located along Grand Sky’s coveted “beachfront,” which provides immediate access to Grand Forks Air Force Base’s 12,351-foot runway. Terms of the lease are in place for 10 years.

“This announcement is validation of the value Grand Sky provides to Grand Forks and the industry as a whole,” said Thomas Swoyer, Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Company. “Our vision from the beginning was to attract world-class companies to Grand Forks and help them grow their UAS businesses here. Today’s announced expansion certainly demonstrates that vision has become reality.”

GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. The company currently operates a Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, with flight operations taking place at Grand Sky, in addition to other research activities. The company intends to use its expanded footprint at Grand Sky to support UAS aircraft and sensor testing, training and development activities.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint at Grand Sky as part of our Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota,” said Linden Blue, CEO, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). “This growth, from 5.5 acres to 20 acres, will benefit our customers, as well as strengthen our commitment to the Grand Forks community as we further build out our test and training capabilities.”

Since its groundbreaking in 2015, Grand Sky has served as a leader in the emerging and rapidly expanding UAS industry. Its location on Grand Forks Air Force Base provides tenants with access to a 12,351-foot runway, making it unique in its ability to accommodate large UAS operations. Additionally, Grand Sky provides amenities including secure networks, round-the-clock security and uncongested airspace with more than 300 days of flying weather every year.

About Grand Sky

Grand Sky is the first commercial UAS-focused research and development park in the United States. Located at Grand Forks Air Force Base near Grand Forks, N.D., Grand Sky provides unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry tenants with unmatched amenities, including authorization for large UAS BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights in partnership with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Grand Sky offers hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space available on a build-to-suit basis with financing available. For more information, visit grandskynd.com.

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