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July 17, 2020  

SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Webinars July 22 & July 28
Wichita State University presents SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Webinars with special trainer Jim Greenwood. Each webinar will cover a brief overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs.

The July 22nd session will review processes for developing a competitive Phase 1 proposal with emphasis on the USDA format and submitting through grants.gov. The July 28th session will cover a discussion of differences among agencies and the DoD proposal format will be highlighted.

Register to Attend
July 22nd | 1:15-5pm and July 28th | 12:30-4:30pm
UAS in the News
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bell announce plans to test Bell's mobility systems in Oklahoma
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Textron subsidiary Bell Textron Inc. have established an agreement for Bell to begin testing some of its mobility systems such as the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport and the Bell Nexus on the CNO test site...

Public Safety Drone Programs: Key Questions, Key Answers from AIRT Public Safety UAS Survey
In a narrowly focused and carefully crafted survey, almost 300 U.S.-based, law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel answered some critical questions about how public safety drone programs in the AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS Spring 2020...

OSU, drone contractor launch internship program
Navatek, an aerospace and defense contractor that performs research and development services for the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies, awarded a $25,000 research grant to support up to 12 Oklahoma State University student...
Technology Spotlight
Enhanced, durable photovoltaic cells absorb and trap more light
Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division

Navy researchers invented an evolutionary new technology for increasing the efficiency and durability of solar cells. New portable power could include extending the range of electric powered drones or power for distributed sensors (security cameras), etc.

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

Contact: Matthieu DuMont, PhD
Phone: 406-994-7733


Weekly tech roundup featuring six drone technologies
Upcoming UASCI Events
USDA SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Webinars presented by Jim Greenwood
Virtual
SBIR/STTR Preparation Webinars presented by Jim Greenwood. Each webinar will cover a brief overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs. The July 22nd session will review processes for developing a competitive Phase 1 proposal with emphasis on the USDA format and submitting through grants.gov. The July 28th session will cover a discussion of differences among agencies and the DoD proposal format will be highlighted.

DoD SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Webinars presented by Jim Greenwood
Virtual
SBIR/STTR Preparation Webinars presented by Jim Greenwood. Each webinar will cover a brief overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs. The July 22nd session will review processes for developing a competitive Phase 1 proposal with emphasis on the USDA format and submitting through grants.gov. The July 28th session will cover a discussion of differences among agencies and the DoD proposal format will be highlighted.

2020 UAS Tech Forum Goes Virtual with New Dates!
September 9-10, 2020
Virtual
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.

Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL (Virtual)
October 5, 2020
Dallas, TX
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.

Co-located virtual event
Upcoming Industry Events
World UAV Federation - NEW DATES!
August 20-22, 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 Summit - NEW DATES!
August 31 - September 2, 2020
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...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas - VIRTUAL EVENT
September 15-17, 2020
Virtual Event
Following a record-breaking event in 2019, with more than 200 exhibitors and 3,100 drone professionals from 54 countries, North America's leading trade show and conference focused on commercial drone integration and operation will take place...

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 - NEW DATES & LOCATION!
October 5-8, 2020
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned — from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more..

UAS Summit & Expo - NEW DATES!
October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020
Grand Forks, ND
The UAS Summit & Expo started as a small gathering of regional stakeholders. Now, 14 years later, the event in the Northern Plains of North Dakota has become a yearly major event for UAS experts from around the world. It's the original epicenter of...

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®...

InterDrone - NEW DATES!
December 15-17, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Headlines
JB San Antonio environmental program takes off with UAS technology
Edwards Air Force Base | 07/15/2020
What began as a project to improve land surveying, floodplain mapping, vegetation classification and endangered species management at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis has become a revolutionary innovation that could save the Air Force millions of...

Ready for Takeoff: The Promise and Challenges of Restaurant Drone Delivery
Modern Restaurant Management | 07/15/2020
Restaurants seeking an alternative to partnering with third party delivery applications such as UberEats and GrubHub are presented with novel technology that could transform food delivery in the 21st Century while decreasing restaurants'...

7 Drone Stocks to Consider as the Technology Soars
WTOP News | 07/14/2020
There may not be many pure-play drone stocks at the moment but the list is growing. There are other promising investment opportunities to consider. Here are seven drone stocks to watch.

Autonomous drone startup Skydio rises (sic) $100 million and launches the X2 commercial drone
Intelligent Aerospace | 07/14/2020
This new funding will help the drone maker move faster on its product development efforts, Darrell Etherington reports for TechCrunch.(Intelligent Aerospace's take)

Drone-based health care delivery ‘no longer a theoretical idea'
Wayne State University School of Medicine | 07/14/2020
Wayne State University student Matthew Tukel's fascination with drones has led to yet another milestone in his pursuit of designing and implementing a drone-based health care delivery system in urban and rural settings.

Up Close With AiRXOS
Inside Unmanned Systems | 07/14/2020
AiRXOS CEO Ken Stewart, who has more than 25 year of leadership in the tech space, recently sat down virtually with Inside Unmanned Systems to discuss the evolution of next-generation unmanned traffic management and drone certification.

Alumnus Works to Inspire Drone Delivery Boom
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University News | 07/13/2020
For ERAU alumnus Joseph Marshall, no experience in his career thus far has been more memorable than his first internship, at Allegiant Air. Nearly a decade later, he now serves as the director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations at...

Drone on the farm: As rainfall becomes scarce, farmers irrigate crops via unmanned aerial vehicles
Tennessee Tribune | 07/10/2020
Nathan Zecks Mazvazva, a 25-year-old farmer in Zimbabwe, owns nearly 500 acres, growing green beans to green peppers. Simply put, technology—more specifically, drones—is making his livelihood more cost efficient.

Drones and Bilaterals: Switzerland First and then the World
JD Supra | 07/10/2020
A growing number of nations have been successfully, but slowly, pushing both the technological and regulatory boundaries of advanced UAS operations.  These national pilot programs have taken the first steps towards beyond visual line of sight...

Cargo Drones Ease the Way for Urban Air Mobility
Inside Unmanned Systems | 07/08/2020
Urban air mobility often conjures images of flying cars shuttling passengers around. However, autonomous air transport of cargo promises to be as, or even more, important as an element of UAM.

NUAIR Validates AVSS Drone Parachute Recovery System
Geospatial World | 07/08/2020
Following vigorous testing, completed in collaboration with NUAIR, the drone parachute recovery system by Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions (AVSS) for the DJI M200 series has been validated as compliant with industry standards.

We Talk Suicide Drones And The Future Of Unmanned Warfare With AeroVironment's Steve Gitlin
The Drive | 07/08/2020
It led the small drone revolution over the modern battlefield, but many have never heard of AeroVironment or how it's quietly revolutionizing warfare.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Conducts JCG's Validation Flight in Japan
UASweekly.com | 07/07/2020
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, announced today that they will partner with Asia Air Survey to hold a series of validation flights for the Japan Coast Guard featuring...

Researchers learn how to pinpoint malicious drone operators
ZDNet | 07/07/2020
Researchers have come up with a way to pinpoint the location of drone operators seeking to cause harm or disruption in protected airspace. 

Talking UTM and UAM With Robert Hammett, CEO of OneSky Systems
Aviation Today | 07/07/2020
As interested parties across the drone and air taxi space eagerly await the widespread implementation of unmanned traffic management and related enabling technologies such as remote ID, Robert Hammett, CEO of OneSky Systems, joined Avionics...

Dubai's new law to help flying taxis, drone deliveries take off with a network of mini airports
Khaleej Times, Dubai | 07/05/2020
Dubai recently issued a new law regulating the operations of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), taking a step closer to connecting the city's landmarks and buildings aerially, through the 'Sky Dome' project.

AeroVironment Is Strengthening Its Foothold In The Small Drone Market
Seeking Alpha | 07/02/2020
AeroVironment experienced a stellar Q4 despite coronavirus-related disruptions. The market also clearly believes that AeroVironment is well-positioned, given the fact that the company is now more valuable than it was prior to the pandemic.
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