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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
July 31, 2020  

AUVSI's Brian Wynn to serve as Opening Keynote for the UAS Tech Forum
We are thrilled to welcome President & CEO of AUVSI Brian Wynn as a keynote speaker at the virtual UAS Tech Forum.

For more than five years, Brian Wynn has led AUVSI, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries.

"I am excited to be speaking to the UAS Tech Forum to discuss the work AUVSI is leading to unlock the full potential of unmanned technologies. The future of the UAS industry is very promising, and the impact of our innovation on the world's economy, lifestyle and society is transformative. We will only get there, however, if we work together - industry and government - to put in place the rules needed to take full advantage of the benefits this technology stands to offer," Wynne said.

Wynne joins a contingent of other accomplished speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts for this re-imagined virtual event, including breakout-session speakers representing both public and private entities across the U.S. that are engaged in various aspects of the unmanned industry such as General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, FLIR Systems, Federal Lab Consortium, Iris Automation, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Bell Helicopter, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Skydweller Aero, SkySkopes, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, and many others.

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UAS in the News
Kratos' Skyborg contract to bring work to Oklahoma City, California
Kratos landed another defense contract worth up to $400 million that will bring additional work to its Oklahoma City manufacturing center.

If You Like Drone Tech, Check Out AgEagle Aerial Systems
Prior to 2020, AgEagle Aerial Systems was mostly known as an agricultural intelligence company. To be completely honest, UAVS stock wasn't too exciting and the price action was underwhelming. That was then, and this is now as AgEagle has rebranded...

Drones are still a new technology, but the research is spreading its wings
Drone consumers include both avid and casual fans whose understanding of their new toy varies widely. With this varied knowledge, coupled with evolving laws and technology and increasing demand, the challenges surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems...

Brian Wynne commentary: 'Funding for naval drones in the NDAA will encourage innovation'
In this recent commentary, AUVSI's Brian Wynne says that as Congress considers the National Defense Authorization Act for FY21, it should fully fund unmanned maritime systems research and development efforts to allow innovation to flourish and for...
Technology Spotlight
Energy and cost-efficient combustion buoyancy control system for UUV, submersible objects
Naval Air Warfare Center - Panama City Division

A Navy scientist has demonstrated a combustion buoyancy control system for a submersible object such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), underwater gliders, or drones, miniature or midget submarines and mini-submersible vehicles.

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

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

Darpa looking for ideas on spotting vehicles in radar imagery-here's a few.
Upcoming UASCI Events
2020 UAS Tech Forum Goes Virtual with New Dates!
September 9-10, 2020
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...

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
Survey Finds UAS Programs Increasing in Size, Scope; Funding Remains an Issue
RadioResource Media Group | 07/29/2020
A survey conducted by the DRONERESPONDERS non-profit program shows that the size and scope of public-safety unmanned aerial system (UAS) programs are increasing, but funding for those programs remains an issue.

The Drones Are Coming To One Of 78 Million Backyards Near You | 07/29/2020
Drones helicoptering down and with gifts is another sort of sci-fi scenario that's been reified and seems poised to grow into big business over the next few years. Flytrex is a pioneer in the field, having achieved a series of firsts in pursuit of...

AeroVironment Marks 50 Years of Achieving the Impossible | 07/28/2020
In the 1970s, AeroVironment founder Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr. became the first to design and build an aircraft that successfully achieved controlled human-powered flight, giving birth to the company's reputation of achieving the impossible in...

Airbus VSR700 VTOL UAV Prototype Performs First Autonomous Free Flight | 07/28/2020
The prototype of Airbus Helicopters' VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS) has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test center near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

Audi implements drone vehicle location system at German facility
Commercial Drone Professional | 07/28/2020
German car manufacturer Audi is utilizing a drone vehicle location system at one of its manufacturing facilities, the company revealed.

Drone Operation in a Construction Zone
Lexology | 07/28/2020
The potential uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the construction industry continue to expand as new technologies enter the market and construction companies realize UAS can perform unique tasks at tremendous cost savings. The full...

Diagnosing single trees from above | 07/27/2020
Models based on images from unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites can help farmers to monitor the health of individual trees.

For Northrop Grumman, it's clear skies ahead at Grand Sky
Grand Forks Herald | 07/26/2020
New drones, new staff and continued partnerships are helping further Northrop Grumman's role in the North Dakota UAS ecosystem.

Greece will build advanced drones with "swarm" function
Greek City Times | 07/23/2020
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, will participate in a pioneering UAV program deemed 'Project Lotus.'

Alliance for Drone Innovation Launches Drone Operator Insight Series | 07/22/2020
The Alliance for Drone Innovation, in coordination with the Drone Operators Federation, is launching the "Drone Operator Insight Series" to highlight America's growing small business drone economy.

Soldering Tools Keep UAVs Flying High
Assembly Magazine | 07/22/2020
A German-based drone manufacturer purchased several soldering systems recently to help its workers manually assemble electronic modules for the company's quadrocopter, providing a reliable connection for varying individual payloads.

Therapy Drones: Could sUAS Be the Adaptive Therapy Tool of the Future?
DroneLife | 07/22/2020
Here's a new category for the drone industry: therapy drones.  Could learning to pilot a sUAS be a new and effective form of adaptive therapy?

AiRXOS Enterprise Energy Solution: An Economical, Dynamic and Unified UAS Platform for Executing Efficient Inspection Operations
Commercial UAV News | 07/20/2020
To push the industry toward a faster adoption of advanced UAS operations, GE Aviation's AiRXOS recently announced a new solution to enable comprehensive operational oversight for safe and scalable commercial UAS operations in the energy industry.

Using drones to reduce disease-spreading mosquito populations
Tech Xplore | 07/20/2020
Researchers have recently developed a system that sterilizes male mosquitoes by using unmanned aerial vehiclesto manage and reduce vector-borne-disease-transmitting mosquito populations.

"Flight to the Future" Offers Career Relaunch in a Post-COVID World | 07/19/2020
Amid the adversity of COVID-19, but just in time for the holidays, Aquiline Drones – America's fastest-growing drone technology company- launches its new and exciting jobs initiative dubbed Flight to the Future.

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