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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
August 23, 2018  

America's first DronePorts
Are you curious about DronePorts? We sure are and at the upcoming UAS Tech Forum there are two amazing opportunities to explore the potential benefits for your community.

Join us on Day 1 of the UAS Tech Forum for a special tour of Osage Nation's own Skyway 36, one of the nation's first DronePorts, followed by a tour of FlightSafety Simulation where you will see state-of-the-art design activities and modern, high-tech manufacturing equipment and processes that FlightSafety has developed to make industry leading flight training devices for bizjets, commercial, and military aircraft. 

If you are developing a DronePort attend the first DronePort Network Meeting offering a chance to come meet your peers, hear from industry leaders, and meet technical experts.

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UAS in the News
Early IPP test flights take off
As part of its response to emergencies, the San Diego Fire Department is testing a telepresence and data management platform that allows officials to livestream video from unmanned aerial systems and manage data related to drone flights.

Kansas Partners Test Drones Beyond Line of Sight
On Monday and Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), along with more than 30 university and corporate partners, conducted drone flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). The initiative is part of the U.S. Department of...

Aerospace company plans to bring operations, jobs to Oklahoma City area
The state of Oklahoma is entering into a partnership with Valkyrie Systems Aerospace, with plans for manufacturing facilities, flight operations and training to take place in Oklahoma City.

Air Force secretary marks UAS milestone
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson joined local and state officials to celebrate something "ironic" in the words of Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky, a commercial testing site for unmanned aircraft at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Technology Spotlight
Low-cost drone swarm catapult
Naval Postgraduate School
Through the Naval Postgraduate School, an officer has developed a rapid-fire launcher to deploy fixed-wing drone swarms. The technology is available to businesses for commercialization through a patent license agreement. A developing mission area of particular interest to many in the defense and commercial sectors is UAV swarming, which requires multiple UAVs to be launched in a relatively short period of time. The UAV launcher provides for the rapid launch of multiple UAVs safely, effectively, and in quick succession, and provides a compact design enhancing portability and allowing for relatively independent operation.

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

How to license technology from defense laboratories
Upcoming UASCI Events
Due Diligence and its Impact on Investment Opportunities
Webinar 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM CDT

UAS Tech Forum 2018
09/12/2018 - 09/13/2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
The UAS Tech Forum is a convergence of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, tech transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers in the UAS industry. The event features tech presentations, valuable networking with attendees and exhibitors, potential investment opportunities, thought-provoking panel discussions and relevant keynote speakers.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
09/29/2018 - 09/30/2018
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.

Getting Started with UAS in Western Kansas
Hays, KS
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drones are more than a fad. This technology impacts most of our population every day and yet we're still only scratching the surface of its economic potential. This workshop will bring together industry experts to share UAS opportunities, applications and regulations.
Upcoming Industry Events
Commercial UAV Expo Americas
10/01/2018 - 10/03/2018
Las Veags, NV
Join more than 3,000 professionals at the leading commercial drone conference and expo October 1-3. With top-notch education and an unparalleled exhibit floor filled with the highest precision UAS technology, Commercial UAV Expo is the best choice...
SolSpec Launches Innovative Drone Solutions for Gas, Oil Pipelines
dronelife | 08/23/2018
A Colorado-based firm is shedding new light from above on vital data for the oil and gas pipeline industry.

High-flying pseudo-satellite drone sets new endurance record
NBC News | 08/21/2018
A solar-powered drone designed to take on the multimillion-dollar market for satellites in space has set a record by staying in flight at high altitude for nearly 26 days. Airbus has plenty of plans for its so-called pseudo-satellite, including possible military reconnaissance and monitoring the spread of wildfires, among other activities.

This Startup's Solution to Attack Drones? Sending in a Bigger Drone
CTECH | 08/21/2018
Israeli startup RoboTiCan Ltd.'s solution to attack drones? Sending a bigger drone to hunt them down midair. A drone unveiled last month by RoboTiCan can detect, intercept, and crash into hostile drones, destroying them, according to the company.

Drones are being tested in Colombia to destroy coca plants used for cocaine
DroneDJ | 08/20/2018
In Colombia, tests are underway that use drones to destroy coca plants that are used for the production of cocaine. The drones carrying defoliants (glyphosate) can target the coca plants with greater precision than can be achieved with airplanes. Colombian anti-drug officials have said that in recent weeks 10 drones, loaded with herbicide, have been used in tests in the southwest Nariño province to reduce the illegal crops.

Pollen Systems Launches Drone Services for Farms, Vineyards
Unmanned Aerial Online | 08/20/2018
Pollen Systems Corp., a Delaware C corporation based out of Bellevue, Wash., has unveiled Pollen Scout, a drone-aided managed services and self-service portal that helps farms and vineyards monitor crop growth, discover irrigation issues, and investigate pests and diseases.

Video of the Week: Meet AirVuz Drone Racing Team – DroneDoll
dronelife | 08/20/2018
We love all of the amazing videos at AirVuz – but to highlight a new area of AirVuz' content, we're featuring this amazing FPV piece from DroneDoll, part of the AirVuz drone racing team.

Aviation Attorneys: Drone Tort Law Could Bring ‘Conflicts and Challenges' to UAS Sector
Unmanned Aerial Online | 08/17/2018

Many of today's routine drone flights could be redefined as "aerial trespass" under a law recently proposed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), cautioned veteran LeClairRyan aviation attorneys during a webinar attended by more than 300 aviation and other professionals.

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS
UAS Magazine | 08/15/2018
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in controlled airspace out of the Grand Sky technology park located at the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Air Force Base.

In the UAS/UAV race, China is beating the U.S.
Dayton Daily News | 08/15/2018
While the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market is on a strong growth track — nationally and here in Dayton — there are still concerns and challenges.

Send in the Drones to Reduce Operating Costs for Energy Industry
Bloomberg | 08/13/2018

Cheap drones are poised to boost output and cut operating expenses for the energy industry.

Gas-powered drones are helping spot potential wildfires from the sky
Drone DJ | 08/12/2018
Usually, whenever drones and wildfires are in the news together it's because these small aircraft are interfering with larger, manned aircraft tasked with delivering water and retardant to extinguish the flames. In a change of events, firefighters of South Oregon are using gas-powered drones to scan wildfire areas and detect hotspot during the night.

Cape and San Diego Publicly Deploy Drone in City's First UAS Integration Pilot Program Flight
The Drive | 08/11/2018
Cloud-based drone telepresence and data management company Cape partnered with the City of San Diego recently for a public drone deployment that markets the city's first UAS Integration Pilot Program demonstration by the San Diego Fire Department.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Expands Footprint At Grand Sky
UAS | 08/10/2018
Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the U.S., announced tenant General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) will significantly expand the company's presence on the property.

Tech That Will Power Tomorrow's UAVs
government media | 08/10/2018
If the skies of the future will be filled with drones, they at least might run on solar and a kind of wind power, consuming few resources while extending their flight times and leaving no emissions in their wake.

UAS team assists with tracking shoreline erosion
UAS Magazine | 08/10/2018
Along the shorelines of Menard-May Park in Edgewater, Florida this week, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flew high above the water capturing high-resolution images and video of this area of Mosquito Lagoon, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon system.

US Army eyes microwave cannon to take out drones
FOX News | 08/10/2018
The U.S. Army is planning to purchase a Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from Lockheed Martin with the goal to "field UASs with payloads capable of negating adversary UAS," the Army said in its solicitation notice. In other words, the Army wants to disable or destroy a drone with an airborne microwave beam

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