U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced today National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine will come to Grand Forks to visit the University of North Dakota (UND) Space Program and the Grand Sky Park on Wednesday, September 4.
“Grand Forks is well-known as a premier location for space exploration research and emerging space technology. Jim’s visit gives him an opportunity to meet with the folks developing space exploration suits at UND on their turf and to see the many other achievements in aerospace and unmanned systems at Grand Sky and the university,”said Senator Cramer. “Jim and I sat next to each other when we served on the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee where we became good friends. I’m looking forward to hosting his tour of Grand Forks and reacquainting him with a community with which he is very familiar.”
Senator Cramer and Administrator Bridenstine will begin the day meeting with UND President Josh Wynne and aerospace stakeholders before touring UND’s Space Program and meeting with students. UND is one of the few universities in the world to offer human spaceflight training and is the first university to operate a NASA-funded laboratory dedicated to designing and constructing space-exploration and planetary surface exploration suits. Afterward, they will depart for Grand Sky, where they will tour the Northrop Grumman facility and the General Atomics facility after receiving an updates on the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) systems testing and Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) operations.