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July 19, 2019  

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UAS in the News
Private equity firm acquires counter-drone tech maker
Oklahoma City-based private equity firm Acorn Growth Companies has acquired Black Sage Technologies, a developer of tools to counter and defend against unmanned aerial systems.

U.S. Reps. Express Concerns over Drone Remote ID Delay
On Tuesday, several leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to express concerns with the FAA's lack of a rule requiring remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems...

Video of Amazon Prime Air's Delivery Drone In Action.
While maybe not as riveting as your favorite movie,  this video published by Amazon  shows it's current version delivery drone in action. 

Which Drone Operation Type is Right for Your Public-Safety Agency?
Is your public-safety organization considering adopting a drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) program? One key factor an agency must consider is what type of permit is best to operate its program under, according to the Federal Aviation...
Technology Spotlight
Drone detection and tracking with counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Those who wish to be informed of an unauthorized drone presence and its activity need to scan, track, intercept video feed, acquire line of bearing, and slew-to-cue (integration of radar or other target detection device that tells a PTZ camera where to point) for identification and defeat of the intruding drone.

Navy researchers have developed such a system utilizing the specific frequency transmitted from a drone, dramatically increasing the probability of detection and resulting in a more reliable system.

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

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Patent license agreements explained (with example)
Upcoming UASCI Events
DronePort Network Seminar
Salina, KS
In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more. 

The third annual Midwest Big Data Hub
Salina, KS
All-Hands Meeting will serve as the culmination for the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data for agriculture.

UAS Tech Forum
Salina, KS
The Tech Forum's agenda spotlights UAS in three exciting tracks: Agriculture, First Responders, and Innovation. Industry leaders and policy makers will be front and center at this event making this a one-stop shop for some of the best networking of the year. 

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
Fly K-State Academy
July 22-25, 2019
Salina, KS
Registration is limited to 12 participants. Do you dream of flying? Are you an aspiring pilot? The Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team is your host as you start your pilot training at Fly K-State Academy. Complete four missions designed to push...

UAS Training for High School Teachers and Administrators
Salina, KS
Kansas State Polytechnic invites Kansas high school teachers and administrators to participate in an immersive, one-week program focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This program will cover all aspects of UAS for high school teachers and...

UAS Summit & Expo
Grand Forks, ND

InterDrone 2019
September 3-6, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. Connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV...

AI Innovation Summit
San Francisco, CA
The AI Innovation Summit 2019 is coming to San Francisco, CA. Come learn, explore, and create with some of the world's most accomplished practitioners, thought leaders, and vendors. This unique program engages, inspires, and provides unique insights...

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
Drone operators explore machine learning
Future Farming | 07/17/2019
Smart drones can have practical uses for farmers who use precision-ag techniques, as well as those employing more old-school methods. Indeed, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and a better understanding of scalability are giving drone operators the capability to gather information at the millimetre level – and interpret it for farm clients in a practical way.

AUVSI CEO advocates for Blue Ribbon Task Force to assist with UAS mitigation in airspace management
engadget | 07/16/2019
The biggest problem with drones is their lack of endurance, but Swiss researchers have developed a new model that helps reduce that problem. 

Getting New Drone Programs for Firefighters Off the Ground: Inside a Public Safety Training Event
DroneLife (blog) | 07/16/2019
In California, Enterprise UAS collaborated with partners from drone industry players including DJI Enterprise, FLIR sUAS, and GoProfessional Cases to host a two-day drone training event for public safety agencies.

Involi, AirMap developing pre-integrated UTM and Air Traffic Awareness platform
AUVSI News | 07/12/2019
Involi, a provider of air traffic data for UAS, is partnering with AirMap to develop a pre-integrated UTM and Air Traffic Awareness platform for safe, efficient, and scalable UAS operations.

LAPD Moves Toward Making Drone Program Permanent, Expanding Inventory and Applications
UAV Coach | 07/12/2019
Earlier this week the Los Angeles Police Department sent a letter to the city's Board of Police Commissioners asking to make their drone program permanent.

Private equity firm acquires counter-drone tech maker
Washington Technology | 07/12/2019
Government market-focused private equity firm Acorn Growth Companies has acquired Black Sage Technologies, a developer of tools to counter and defend against unmanned aerial systems.

New York State Forms Partnership with Israeli Companies to Build a Drone Industry Center of Excellence
DroneLife (blog) | 07/11/2019
New York Governer Andrew Cuomo recently visited Israel – and came back home having formed partnerships and agreements that will support the state in developing new industries, including drones.  New York's Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency, will offer a $250,000 planning grant to establish a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Research and Testing Center of Excellence.

Controlled Motion: Defense's Careful Course Toward Commercial
Inside Unmanned Systems | 07/10/2019
Challenges must be overcome to succeed in the commercial space, but defense companies have used their military backgrounds to their advantage.

Legislators question delay of remote ID rule for drones
Air Transport World Online | 07/09/2019
The leadership of the US House Transportation Committee has called on the US Department of Transportation to hasten its regulatory process to require that drones be capable of being identified from the ground. In a July 2 letter, lawmakers urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao "to dedicate the necessary staff and resources for the rapid publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)" on the so-called Remote ID requirement for small drones

New app aims to automate drones for good & Cranfield University (UK) | 07/09/2019
Researchers at Cranfield University have developed a smartphone app which can connect with off-the-shelf drones and send them to autonomously inspect multiple locations using coordinates received by SMS text message. Controlling drones in this way could be useful for a variety of applications in the future including the collection of crop health data in specific locations and searching for missing persons.

The pocket-sized drone changing the way the military operates
Gold Coast Bulletin | 07/09/2019
One pocket-sized device is slowly changing the way militaries across the world wage war against their enemies. The Black Hornet nano drone weighs just 32g and is 16.8cm long, making it one of the smallest systems of its kind.

Robotic fighter jets could soon join military pilots on combat missions
NBC News, Palm Springs CA | 07/08/2019
Military pilots may soon have a new kind of wingman to depend upon: not flesh-and-blood pilots but fast-flying, sensor-studded aerial drones that fly into combat to scout enemy targets and draw enemy fire that otherwise would be directed at human-piloted aircraft.

MicaSense and FluroSat partner to provide better agronomic analytics
Commercial UAV News | 07/03/2019
MicaSense and FluroSat have announced a partnership in order to better serve imagery and analytics to agriculture industry stakeholders.

Parachute validation: An unlikely new step on the road to drone delivery
ZDNet | 07/03/2019
As the commercial drone industry is struggling against patchwork international regulation, a few organizations have cropped up to provide validation for the industry. One of those, called Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research is a New York based nonprofit coalition of private and public entities. Among other consulting and testing, it provides validation for drone parachute systems.

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