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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
November 9, 2018  

UAS in the News
Workshop on drones coming to Hays
Fort Hays State University is partnering with several other sponsors in bringing to Hays a workshop on unmanned aerial systems, or drones.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Cuts Ribbon on its New 100,000 Square Foot Unmanned Aircraft Production Facility in Oklahoma City
State and community leaders joined executives from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. at a ribbon cutting for the company's new 100,000 square foot unmanned aircraft production facility in the Will Rogers Business Park in Oklahoma City,...

Students learn about drones and careers in the unmanned aircraft industry
More than 140 area students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, were at Tulsa Community College's Riverside Community Campus and Aviation Center on Friday for the Tulsa Research Kids' Drone Fly-In. The event, a partnership among Tulsa Community...

Tests for UAS Integration Pilot Program begin – Iris Automation
The Kansas Department of Transportation is starting the testing phase of the Integration Pilot Program this week. Flights by Iris Automation will focus on enabling new detect and avoid capabilities for drones. Iris Automation will be testing its...
Technology Spotlight
Aerial Vehicle Target Acquisition System
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Aerial vehicles without a human pilot aboard are often preferred for threat targeting and other military missions that are too dangerous for manned aircraft. These military applications can also serve civil needs such as crowd dispersal and reconnaissance. The Navy has developed a hand-launchable, unmanned aerial system (UAS) that can be guided to seek a pre-identified target. The UAS is stored in a portable case that holds a launcher capable of catapulting the UAS up into the air. The launch can simultaneously arm a sensor to modify flight control surfaces and guide the UAS on a downward spiral search-mode of operation.

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621

Patent License Agreements Explained (with example)
Upcoming UASCI Events
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
National Drone Show
Washington, D.C.
The National Drone Show, co-located with Government Video Expo, is an event for video professionals focused on UAV and video capture, creation, management and delivery tools and techniques which takes place in Washington, D.C., USA. The event...

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 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.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.
Crew from Delta flight spots drone at 2,700 feet near Boston Logan International Airport
Drone DJ | 11/08/2018
The crew from a Delta flight reported seeing a drone near Boston Logan International Airport. According to the Boston Globe, the crew spotted the drone about 15 miles northeast of the airport late Wednesday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Robird drone convinces bird flocks to move away from airports
UAS Magazine | 11/07/2018
Airplane and helicopter pilots could become fans of falcon-shaped drones operating around airports when they experience the benefits these specialized unmanned aircraft systems provide in reducing bird strikes.

BYU creates drones that don't rely on GPS | 11/06/2018
Drones have become an ally to industries like agriculture and law enforcement for surveillance and information gathering. But what happens when drones fly into an area with little-to-no GPS signal? BYU's engineering department is attempting to solve that problem.

Former NASA Astronaut Develops Single-Handed Drone Controller
Unmanned Aerial Online | 11/05/2018

Physician, pilot and former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski has designed a single-handed drone controller dubbed the FT Aviator, created to increase the precision of and simplify drone flight.

North Carolina drone startup PrecisionHawk makes fifth acquisition of 2018 with Uplift Data Partners
Venture Beat | 11/05/2018
The commercial drone industry in the U.S. is still very young — it was only two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration passed rules giving companies the green light to fly their own drones. That means some of the first movers in the industry are scaling at eye-popping rates, as embodied by Raleigh drone startup PrecisionHawk, which today announced its fifth acquisition in one year.

Utah Opens Drone Corridor to Encourage Industry Innovation
DroneLife (blog) | 11/05/2018
Deseret UAS (DUAS), a non-profit organization created jointly by Tooele and Box Elder Counties in Utah working in close collaboration with Ogden City, recently opened Utah's first drone corridor. It will support the state's efforts to advance the industry.

Using Drones for Automated External Defibrillator Delivery in Seattle
dronebelow | 11/02/2018
Believe it or not, using automated external defibrillator (AED) in order to deliver a shock to the cardiac arrest patient before emergency medical services arrive can increase the likelihood that the patient will survive.

AUVSI launches Trusted Operator Program to help UAS operators demonstrate their skill, safety commitment
AUVSI News | 11/01/2018
AUVSI has now given unmanned aircraft systems operators a way to increase their safety and boost their standing in the marketplace through today's launch of the new Trusted Operator Program, or TOP.

The Drones Are Coming. They Will Probably Be Carrying Sushi.
Grb Street | 11/01/2018
If drone-based food delivery all feels a bit trivial, that's probably because it is. In fact, one expert has even said that she doubts that food delivery is important enough to warrant attention, predicting that it simply won't "take off as a major business model." But in many ways, the low stakes of food delivery make it an ideal way to test an emerging technology that could, for example, be used to deliver lifesaving medicine to rural areas — and if a few drone pizzas get dropped in the meantime, it's probably a worthwhile trade-off.

Drone activity by drug cartels surges on San Diego's border with Mexico
Washington Examiner | 10/31/2018
U.S. Border Patrol agents based in San Diego have spotted 15 drones flying between Tijuana, Mexico, and Southern California over the past 12 months, according to new data provided to the Washington Examiner. Not one of the drone operators involved in those incidents was prosecuted for using an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around the international border, which is protected air space.

Failed drone startup Airware auctions assets, Delair buys teammates
Tech Crunch | 10/30/2018
Failed drone startup Airware desperately sought cash for 18 months before running out of money and shutting down last month, leaving about 120 employees without jobs after the startup had burned $118 million in funding.

Inslee picks Spokane woman to pilot state aerospace policy
HeraldNet | 10/30/2018
Robin Toth will lead the effort to convince Boeing to build its next new airplane in the state.

Digital vineyard of the future features drone data collection
UAS Magazine | 10/29/2018
If a recent demonstration in Canada is any indication, the digital vineyard of the future might very well receive scientific data in real-time gathered by drones and transferred via a cell network.

DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise is a modular drone for commercial use
Venture Beat | 10/29/2018
In August, China-based DJI, which made $2.7 billion in 2017 and accounts for more than 70 percent of the world's drone market, announced two new additions to its portfolio: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

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