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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
August 23, 2017  

Quick Pitches Take Center Stage at the UAS Tech Forum
xCraft's JD Claridge secured over $1 Million from a single Startup Pitch on a little show called Sharktank. The startup pitch is a favorite among investors and strategic partners, as an efficient platform to assess a large number of opportunities. Ask JD Claridge or any entrepreneur and they will tell you that a quick pitch is an essential part of the startup tool box.

Come and experience the art of the Pitch at the UAS Tech Forum next week. The Forum will feature a special session with presenters from universities and startups with six minutes to get you hooked.

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UAS in the News
Kansas State, PrecisionHawk Continue Tackling BVLOS UAS Flight
The Applied Aviation Research Center on Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus is continuing its work with PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, on operational testing with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This...

Aerospace reaches new heights in Oklahoma
A study released Monday by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission estimates the aviation and aerospace industry is now the second-largest sector of Oklahoma's economy, generating an annual economic impact of about $43.8 billion.

Drone business changes as Kansas tries to make state more attractive
Jim Ballard had hopes for Blue Chip UAS, an area drone service company that the former EagleMed owner is a key investor in. Formed in 2014 by a group of young military veterans with extensive backgrounds in unmanned aircraft, Blue Chip aimed to...

Kansas Deploying Unmanned Traffic Management Tech Across the State
Under a new collaboration between AirMap and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), unmanned traffic management (UTM) technology will be deployed across the state of Kansas. According to the partners, the initiative, which is the first of...

xCraft and ASSURE Leaders Featured as Keynotes During UAS Tech Forum
As one of the keynote speakers for the UAS Tech Forum August 30-31 in Wichita, Kansas, JD Claridge, co-founder of xCraft, will share his thoughts on the present state of the UAS industry and where he thinks it is heading, and how an appearance two...
Upcoming UASCI Events
Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
August, 25-27, 2017
Tulsa University - Reynolds Center, H.A. Chapman Stadium and Mabee Gym
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus. 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.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Early Bird Registration ends July 21. Register now to get the best rate.
Upcoming Industry Events
September 6 - 8, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...
New drone perches on walls like a robotic bird | 08/22/2017
The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing drone that has a few bird-like tricks up its sleeve. You can, for example, fly it like a glider through a room or open space, but when it approaches a flat surface the drone quickly changes configuration and lands flat with its little spiky teeth digging in to keep it from falling.

ANSI Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative
Market Insider | 08/21/2017
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the launch of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative(UASSC) with a kick-off meeting scheduled for September 28 in Washington, DC. The UASSC's mission will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe, mass integration of unmanned aircraft systems – commonly known as drones – into the national airspace system of the United States.

$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work
Dayton (OH) Daily News | 08/21/2017
More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology. Advocates want Ohio to be the test site of "Jetsons-like" personal air vehicles by 2022. They also want a stake in the development of package delivery drones and a bigger role in resolving technical obstacles to bring drones more fully into civilian air space. But the attempt to grow the drone industry in Ohio has been hampered, some say, by critical technologies needed to integrate the unmanned machines into the skies.

UAS Repair Network Robotic Skies Raises VC Funding
Unmanned Aerial Online | 08/16/2017
Robotic Skies LLC, a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) maintenance around the globe, has raised a round of venture capital financing. The investment round was led by Kickstart Seed Fund of Salt Lake City and included participation by Sun Mountain Capital of Santa Fe, N.M.

Pairing drones with weather balloons creates a robust data collection system
Design Engineering | 08/15/2017
Drones are reaching new heights and distant lands, according to researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Together for the first time, a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system (UAS) were able to determine Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than previous attempts.

North Dakota has invested big money in drones, when will it pay off?
West Fargo (ND) Pioneer | 08/11/2017
The state of North Dakota has invested $17 million of public money into infrastructure at Grand Sky technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base in the hopes of attracting high-paying jobs and industry to the region. After years of investment, leaders say jobs are starting to come.

5 Ways AI And Drones Are Opening Up A Billion Dollar Market
Forbes | 08/10/2017
Artificial Intelligence gets smarter with data. Today, some of the most underutilized sources of data comes from surveillance videos and aerial data captured from small size drones.  From surveillance and security to construction projects and airport movement tracking, drones are taking this trained data up in the air to perform specialized inspections.

UTA researcher seeks to minimize risks for unmanned aerial systems over populated areas
EurekAlert! | 08/08/2017
Atilla Dogan, an associate professor of aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, will use a $550,000 National Science Foundation grant to quantify risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, then create algorithms to reduce those risks while the vehicles perform specific tasks.

Insurers Increasing Reliance on Drones, Helping to Shape Legislation
Morning Consult | 08/07/2017
National insurance organizations have a stake in proposed congressional legislation regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and commercial drones — both as users of the emerging technology and as providers of liability coverage.

Private drones flown near US military bases subject to being shot down
Washington Examiner | 08/07/2017
The Pentagon is establishing no-fly zones for drones over U.S. military bases, and threatening to back it up with lethal force. Under new guidance issued by the Pentagon August 4, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as "drones" that violate airspace near U.S. military installations are subject to shoot-down

Naval Research Lab wants to make CICADA microdrones easier to assemble with 3D printed fuselage | 08/05/2017
While it is increasingly implementing 3D printing technology into production of its large-scale jets and ships, the U.S Navy has also been furthering its advances into drone technology, and the latest breakthrough is a surveillance drone known as CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft).

DARPA Picks 3 Industry Teams to Develop Counter-Small UAS Approaches
Executive Biz | 08/04/2017
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded contracts to three industry teams to develop methods to counter small unmanned aircraft systems.

Dems introduce legislation to protect manned aircraft from drones
The Hill | 08/04/2017
A pair of Rhode Island Democrats rolled out legislation August 4 that, if passed, would regulate drone use more tightly, with the intention of protecting manned aircraft.

Part 107 Waivers: Does Your Waiver Stand a Chance?
JD Supra | 08/04/2017
The Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 waiver process for the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) in certain restricted airspace or beyond the limitations of the Part 107 UAS regulations, was originally designed to streamline approval. However, for many drone operators who have had their Part 107 waivers denied, the process can often be mysterious and frustrating. 

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