Top UAS executive says Thales "doubling down" on North Dakota because of strong business climate

Image provided by Thales
Image provided by Thales

(Fargo, ND) -- A top executive in the field of unmanned aircraft systems is praising North Dakota's business environment. 

"The part that the state has figured out and why I think we are doubling down and really digging into North Dakota as being the next wave and the next launch point for us is around policy and government support," said Frank Matis,  

Frank Matis is Air Traffic Control Director with Grand Forks-based Thales.

He and other executives talked about what makes North Dakota attractive for business, while speaking at the Midwest Economic Summit in Fargo. 

The state has partnered with Thales to create the first of its kind system called "Vantis". 

It allows drones to be operated "beyond visual line of sight".