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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
March 15, 2018  

Come out to the University of Tulsa Campus on April 14th for the Second Annual Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition.

Missed the first one? Check out the highlights here, First Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition

The goal of this competition is to demonstrate the ability of participating teams in fulfilling a popular civil application of UAVs with quick commercialization potential.

Student teams from a variety of universities and high schools, will try to conquer a package delivery obstacle course, competing for cash prizes and ultimate bragging rights. We hope you can make it out to support these amazing innovators and next gen UAS experts.
UAS in the News
Early 2018 brings rush of counter-UAS activity
The advent and understanding of counter-UAV systems is catching up to the country's adoption and usage rates of drones in the commercial space.

Kratos High Performance Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Approved for International Marketing by U.S. State Department
Kratos Mako UAS Provides Fighter-Like Performance and is Designed to Function as a Wingman to Manned Aircraft as a Force Multiplier in Contested Airspace

Optecks takes flight with drone technologies
Tulsa-based company Optecks is developing its patent pending "near eye" display optics that allows the user to see objects over a wide range of angles, and the software to display 3-D images. These developments are just two of the many innovations...
Technology Spotlight
Micro air vehicle (MAV)
Naval Research Laboratory
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are becoming common and useful tools for surveillance, providing visible or non-visible sensing of remote or dangerous areas, as well as performing many other tasks. Primary designs are either fixed-wing or rotary-wing. The benefits of the former are speed, coverage area, payload capacity, and ease of operation. Benefits of the latter are hover capability and maneuverability. Navy researchers have combined these two operating modes into one platform to leverage the advantages of both.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7705

Upcoming UASCI Events
Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
April 14, 2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 2017. UAV systems are effective in recruiting middle and high school students to fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The industrial applications of UAV systems continue to expand, and TU is home to innovative UAV research.

Drones and the Future of Food 
April 24, 2018
Enid, OK
Hosted by the Enid Regional Development Alliance

The Perfect Pitch Presentation Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
May 9, 2018

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018

UAS Tech Forum 2018
September 12 - 13, 2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
Registration opening soon.
Upcoming Industry Events
Dronetech America - The conference for commercial drones
April 25 - 26, 2018
New York City, NY
Dronetech America is about more than flying robots, it's about the intersection of advanced technologies that have the power to transform the world! ​

Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition
April 25-26, 2018
San Francisco, CA
sUSB Expo the Silicon Valley Drone Show is a commercial sUAS event for business to business exchange of ideas on commerce. The Expo features guest speakers from around the world and a SAR workshop, new in 2018 sUSB Expo Demo Field Day.

AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
Midwest Colleges Form New UAS Partnership | 03/12/2018
Southeast Missouri State University is partnering with Ohio-based Sinclair Community College on aerospace and related technologies, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) initiatives in the areas of education, workforce training and development, and applied research.

Ford Wants to Join the Drone Industry
The Drive | 03/11/2018
After a hundred years in the automotive industry, Ford is looking to drones as a potential new part of its business model.

How the Military Plans to Win the next War: 1,000s of Tiny Drones Taking Over Your Cell Phone
The National Interest | 03/10/2018
The US military says it would like to have in its arsenal sometime soon, small or micro-sized unmanned aerial vehicles to carry our various exotic missions.

Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries | 03/10/2018
A Pennsylvania-based aerospace consultant believes early public acceptance of drone delivery networks in urban areas will revolve around hospitals. And once drones can safely and reliably carry blood and medical supplies, that will pave the way to other kinds of drone deliveries.

Drone photography takes off as buyers shop for homes online
Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK — TENNESSEE | 03/07/2018
When your neighbors placed a for sale sign in their yard in the old days — about three years ago — you were sure to see crowds of buyers coming and going from open houses. Today, you're just as likely to spot an unmanned aircraft flying overhead, making a video.

Drone Swarms Are Going to Be Terrifying and Hard to Stop
The Atlantic | 03/07/2018
A new National Academy of Sciences report suggests that small, consumer-grade drones could be used in swarms to effectively attack American infantry with onboard bombs.

Who's That in the Sky? FAA Poised to Move Forward With Drone ID Rule | 03/06/2018
A rule requiring drone identification technology could help pave the way for other, more permissive regulations. But it's up in the air how the FAA will handle legal restrictions on regulating hobbyists and privacy challenges.

Kansas is celebrating Aviation Day
Wings Journal | 03/05/2018
The state of Kansas is celebrating its Fourth Annual Aviation Day Event in Wichita. The annual event seeks to educate the public on the impact of the aviation industry while lobbying state officials for more favorable legislation to help expand the industry.

Your Next Luxury Vehicle Might Be a Drone
DroneLife (blog) | 03/04/2018
The personal luxury vehicle of the future may not be a roadster, but a passenger drone.  Tech magazine Engadget reports that luxury car-maker Porsche has begun design work on an unmanned air vehicle.

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