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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
April 9, 2020  

COVID-19 Business Resources
In an effort to continue to provide up-to-date resources for businesses experiencing adverse effects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week I would like to highlight the efforts of the Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster, a U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Innovation Cluster partner. The have assembled a number of resources on state, regional and national relief programs.

To help your business navigate through these uncertain times, the UAS Cluster Initiative is providing below a list of various links that could provide you with some timely, valuable information or resources.

Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to send us any resources that you have found.
UAS in the News
Federal Aviation Administration awards nearly $2.6M in drone grants to universities
The Federal Aviation Administration will give nearly $2.6 million in grants to universities for research into drones, including Kansas State University.

This Segment of the Drone Industry is Predicted to Reach $1,419.5 Million by 2026
One of the most futuristic drone applications – passenger drones –  is predicted to grow astronomically over the next 6 years, to reach a market size of $1,419.5 million by 2026.

Drones on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread all around the world and social distancing has become the new normal, countries start to look at how technology can help us during this crisis. Able to safely enter and collect data in environments or...
Technology Spotlight
Spring-loaded UAV launch catapult
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

A team of U.S. Navy scientists working at the Naval Air Warfare Center's Weapons Division in China Lake, California, has recently developed an efficient launcher for fixed-wing unmanned aircraft comprised of a launch rail, carriage, pair of pulley drivers, and a cable and pulley system.

The patented design is available via license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621

Small drone radar invented by Navy uses tiny mic on propeller
Upcoming UASCI Events
Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL POSTPONED
Boston, MA
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

Registration Fees:
Early Bird: $299 (through March 16) | Standard: $349 (on or after March 17)
Registration includes XPO Hall Pass

Co-located event at XPONENTIAL, All Things Unmanned, May 4, 2020 Boston, MA from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

2020 UAS Tech Forum
September 16-17, 2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry.
Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020 - POSTPONED
New date still TBD
Washington, D.C.
International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

USA Drone Conference 2020 - POSTPONED
April 13-16, 2020
Hazard, Kentucky

World UAV Federation
06/19/2020 - 06/21/2020
Shenzhen, China
WORLD UAV FEDERATION was established in June 2017 by Mr. Jincai Yang (Chairman); its unveiling ceremony was held on October 31, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Up to the current, the chapters include: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Australia...

Counter UAS Winter Summit - POSTPONED
Rescheduled for August 2020 - Date TBD
Washington D.C.
IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

Tentatively rescheduled August 10-12
Boston, MA

August 18-20, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones

The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...
SkyGuardian Drone Takes Flight Over Southwest US
Federation of American Scientists (blog) | 04/08/2020
General Atomics' SkyGuardian drone, a non-weaponized variant of the military's MQ-9 Reaper, last week completed a test flight through civil airspace from Palmdale, California to Yuma, Arizona, the company announced.

Why Shares of Dronemaker AeroVironment Rose 18.6% in March
The Motley Fool | 04/07/2020
Shares of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) rose 18.6% in March, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. It was one of the rare stocks to post a gain during the month, when an oil price drop...

Iris Automation launches onboard detect-and-avoid system for drones
GPS World | 04/06/2020
Iris Automation released Casia 360, an onboard detect-and-avoid solution with a 360-degree radial field of view to enable commercial beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems.

Are Drones The Next Big Thing In Community Policing?
Focus Daily News | 04/04/2020
According to the DeSoto, Texas, police department, drones are the future of policing, giving us a birds-eye view of everything on the scene before officers arrive. That is important, particularly now with the social distancing and stay home orders...

Can I Fly My Drone During a City or State Quarantine?
UAV Coach | 04/03/2020
One of the most common questions that has come up over the last few weeks has been around how shelter-in-place orders affect local and state drone laws.

Coronavirus Delivers ‘World's First' Drone Delivery Service
Forbes | 04/03/2020
Drone delivery service Manna Aero in Moneygall, Ireland, has begun delivering medicine to vulnerable people locked in their homes as a result of the coronavirus,

How Robots Can Help Us Beat the Pandemic
Built In | 04/03/2020
It's a cultural trope that in the future robots will rise up and threaten humanity's existence. But right now, with a pandemic sweeping across the globe, they might be among our most useful allies.

Pioneering Drone Pilot and Ergonomics Engineer Soaring to Success
ERAU News | 04/03/2020
As an Unmanned Aircraft Systems major with a Duke Energy internship under her belt and a job at Lockheed Martin Corp. awaiting her after graduation, Samantha Villagran is a young woman who hardly stops to notice that she is one of very few women in...

First Responders Assess Drones for Search and Rescue Missions
Homeland Security Today | 04/02/2020
In November 2019, S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory assessed small, commercially available drones for priority needs of first responders through its First Responder Robotic Operations System Test  program. The feedback will be...

Navy invention uses UAVs to ensure safe, FOD-free runways
TechLink | 03/31/2020
With the help of a team of unmanned aerial vehicles, a brand-new U.S. Navy invention aims to inspect runway sites for foreign object debris, ensuring consistently safe takeoffs and landings, even in foreign zones.

NOAA establishes Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support growing use of UxS across agency
AUVSI News | 03/31/2020
To support the growing use of unmanned systems across the agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is establishing a new Unmanned Systems Operations Program. The program will support the "safe, efficient and economical operation"...

World's first drone delivery of insulin may be useful model in pandemic response
Healio | 03/30/2020
A successful drone delivery of insulin for a person with diabetes in a remote location in Ireland may serve as a useful model for health care delivery during a future pandemic response..

Making BVLOS Flight a Practical Reality: Onboard Sense and Avoid
dronelife | 03/26/2020
As enterprise drone applications grow, the industry awaits a rule on flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS.) 

Purdue expert uses drones to ‘see' perfectly with sound | 03/26/2020
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles provide visual and infrared information as they hover above, but researchers at Purdue University say UAVs, or drones, can also help self-driving cars and robots to hear and see.

South Australian researchers create coronavirus detection drones
DroneDJ | 03/26/2020
Researchers at the University of South Australia are working on coronavirus detection drones capable of detecting temperature, heart, and respiratory rates, as well as detecting people sneezing and coughing in crowds. The "pandemic drone" is being...
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SBA Paycheck Protection Program FAQ

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