New hangar opens for GA-ASI's N.D. flight test and training center

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has held a grand opening event for its new hangar at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota, the company said.

The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of GA-ASI´s new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) hangar.

The hangar replaces the temporary facility that has been in operation since June 2016. It will house GA-ASI operational hardware, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and Ground Control Stations (GCS), as well as offices and conference rooms.

The new hangar will house three GA-ASI owned RPA — a MQ-1 Predator® A and two MQ-9 Predator Bs/ (Block 1 and Block 5) — and two GCS (a Block 15 and Block 30 Mobile GCS). GA-ASI´s FTTC operation also includes an office building located near the University of North Dakota campus that contains classrooms and a Predator Mission Aircrew Training System for accomplishing the academic and simulator segments of training.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. Celebrating over 25 years of aviation innovation, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit