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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
May 8, 2020  

COVID Operations: How drone companies are responding to help stop the Coronavirus pandemic is now available for viewing
If you missed it or were unable to attend this week's webinar it is now available for viewing on the UASCI website.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S. and abroad, drone companies have been exploring how using unmanned aerial vehicles and other autonomous systems can help mitigate the spread of the virus, including performing such important tasks as delivering medicines and supplies, disinfecting affected areas, and transporting lab results.

The webinar features CEOs Pete Bale of Sentinel Robotic Solutions, Kraettli Epperson of Vigilant Aerospace Systems and Dr. Savaran Kumar of MaxQ as they discuss what their companies and others are doing to help stem the tide of the Coronavirus, and how further drone research and testing could impact future pandemics.

Happy viewing!

UAS in the News
Big Tech and Aviation Companies to Set Standards For New Drone-Tracking System
The Federal Aviation Administration announced the vendors chosen to develop the underlying technology and standards for tracking drones and their pilots as part of a new regulatory regime and marketplace.

North Dakota's unmanned aircraft coalition against the coronavirus
In this recent op-ed by SkySkopes president and CEO Matt Dunlevy notes we need to remind ourselves during theses unprecedented times of the silver linings: society is going to pull through this mess and we have things to look forward to; one of them...

OSU, Oklahoma company testing software to help unmanned aircraft to fly their own lifesaving missions
Oklahoma State University researchers, along with Oklahoma City-based Vigilant Aerospace Systems, have been testing detect-and-avoid software to allow for extended unmanned drone flights.
Technology Spotlight
40mm counter-drone munitions
Army CCDC Armaments Center

Two researchers at the Army's Armament Center have invented novel 40mm grenade cartridges for kinetically disabling or destroying small UAVs.

The related intellectual property and technical data are available via license agreement to companies that would manufacture the munitions or components.

Contact: Brian Metzger, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7782

Navy invention uses UAVs to ensure safe, FOD-free runways
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
USA Drone Conference 2020 - POSTPONED
April 13-16, 2020
Hazard, Kentucky

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020 - NEW DATES & LOCATION!
July 27-29, 2020
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
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.

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...

October 5-8, 2020
Dallas, Texas

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
Help from above
Verizon Communications | 05/07/2020
Fortunately, in the current battle against COVID-19, we have a new high tech weapon: Drones. Skyward, a Verizon company, is a key part of that effort, providing drone software, training and services to commercial businesses.

Pentagon reports boost in predatory foreign investment to US tech firms amid pandemic
C4ISRNet | 05/06/2020
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Defense Department has seen a small increase in predatory foreign investment in U.S. companies, such as small drone manufacturers, the Pentagon's head of industrial policy said Wednesday.

Small drone developers feel turbulence | 05/06/2020
The economic collapse triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is hindering some the DOD's efforts to foster development of a domestic commercial drone industry, according to one of the agency's managers for a federal effort to support that effort.

Drones get off the ground with idea of 'contactless deliveries' amid COVID-19
KTNV Las Vegas | 05/05/2020
The novel coronavirus has changed the way we do almost everything, and some drone experts say the idea of contactless deliveries is ushering in a new era for drones and their use amid efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sabrewing Cargo Drone Rises to US Air Force Challenge | 05/05/2020
An electric cargo drone developed by California startup Sabrewing that takes off and lands like a helicopter was in the spotlight recently during a U.S. Air Force conference about "flying car" technologies.

FAA Drone Training Initiative Announced: Providing the Skills the Industry Needs
Drone Life (blog) | 05/04/2020
A new FAA drone training initiative will certify institutions offering UAS programs and provide opportunities for collaboration with the agency.

SCE to use drones for inspections in some High Desert areas
The Victorville Daily Press | 05/04/2020
As part of its Wildfire Mitigation Plan, Southern California Edison will use drones over parts of the High Desert to inspect power equipment.

How the Justice Department is Permitted to Use Counter-Drone Technology
NextGov | 04/30/2020
U.S. Attorney General William Barr recently released guidance to steer the Justice Department and its component agencies' use of protective counter-drone actions and technologies against unmanned aircraft systems that threaten its facilities and...

UAVOS tests new two-stage parachute system for UAS
AUVSI News | 04/30/2020
UAVOS has announced that it has successfully tested its new two-stage parachute system, which is designed to help UAS traveling at high speeds slowly descend to the ground. 

Are Drone Delivery Services Safe Enough for Takeoff?
Now. Powered by Northrop Grumman. (blog) | 04/29/2020
Hovering amid this new enthusiasm for drone-based delivery services are questions about how best to ensure air traffic safety, particularly for drones operating in densely populated areas.

Skydio supplies America's first responders with drones and personal protection equipment
AUVSI News | 04/28/2020
In support of America's first responders, Skydio Inc. has launched two initiatives to provide first responders with drones and personal protection equipment (PPE).

UPS Drone Deliveries To Help Retirees Practice Social Distancing
Yahoo Finance | 04/28/2020
United Parcel Service, Inc. said recently it will use a Matternet M2 drone system to make short-distance deliveries of prescription medications from a CVS pharmacy to The Villages in Florida, the largest U.S. retirement community and home to more...

US Dept of Transport explores blockchain for drones, air traffic management
Ledger Insights | 04/28/2020
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe Center published a report discussing the use of blockchain for unmanned aircraft systems or drones. However, as drones can be customized for specific needs, there is a need for a...

Knowledge Base Presented By Allianz "Drone Use Ready for Take-off" | 04/27/2020
The rapid growth of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in our skies is one of the biggest issues to impact the aviation industry for decades. In 2020. Drones bring a host of potential benefits to the aviation industry in particular.

UND Center for Innovation, UAS company test drone capabilities to spray disinfectants
Grand Forks Herald | 04/27/2020
The University of North Dakot and SkyScopes are partnering in an effort to combat future pandemics by developing abilities for drones to spray disinfectants, deliver supplies and sense body temperatures remotely.

Are Low-Altitude Weather Services Ready for Drones and Air Taxis?
Aviation Today | 04/26/2020
As the FAA continues down its "crawl, walk, run" path of incorporating drone delivery, passenger air taxis and other unmanned aircraft applications into the national airspace, development of low-altitude weather services and associated regulation...

Could "Pandemic Drones" Help Slow Coronavirus? Probably Not. But Covid-19 Is A Boom For Business
Forbes | 04/25/2020
As the coronavirus lockdown stretches on with no certain end in sight, remote technologies, virtual services, and business delivery systems using drones that promote social distancing while sustaining some level of economic activity are experiencing...

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