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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
January 5, 2018  

Happy New Year!
What are your predictions for the UAS industry in 2018?

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UAS in the News
Brock named KDOT's Director of Aviation
Bob Brock has been named interim director of aviation at the Kansas Department of Transportation.

2,800 interested parties apply for UAS Integration Pilot Program
The Federal Aviation Administration says commercial drone companies make up the majority of more than 2,800 interested party applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation's UAS Integration Pilot Program announced in October 2017.

Agriculture Robots Seek, Find and Destroy
Researchers in Oklahoma are using aerial and ground drones as a wedded pair to attack invasive eastern redcedar trees, a scourge of Great Plains producers. As the technology unfolds, the framework carries a host of possibility for all areas of...
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: 406-994-7736

Patent License Agreements Explained (with example)
Upcoming UASCI Events
February 7, 2018

The Perfect Pitch Presentation Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
May 9, 2018

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018
Upcoming Industry Events
AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
As drone demand soars, New Jersey poised to bar drunken droning
Reuters | 01/04/2018
U.S. drone sales in 2017 topped $1 billion for the first time ever, but don't raise a glass too quickly if you are in New Jersey, where lawmakers are poised to outlaw drunken droning next week.

Dronestagram Unveils Top 20 Drone Photos of 2017
dronelife | 01/04/2018
Looking for some inspiration to take your drone photography to new heights in 2018? You're in the right place. Drone social media platform Dronestagram has compiled a list of the 20 best aerial images from the past 12 months.

Kratos Receives $3.2 Million in Unmanned Aerial Drone and Other System Orders
Markets Insider | 01/04/2018
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $3.2 million in unmanned aerial drone and other system product orders.

US Border Patrol Can't Stop Drones Carrying Drugs
UAS Vision | 01/04/2018
Border Patrol agents are increasingly worried about the threat from drug-cartel-flown drones, after agents spotted 13 drones suspected of carrying drugs across one section of the U.S.-Mexico border in just one four-day period in November.

A Bird's-Eye View: Drones in the Power Sector
Power magazine | 01/03/2018
Unmanned aerial systems—drones—have quickly found their place in the power sector. But as the industry moves out of test cases and experiments, and into full implementation of drones, it is facing a whole new set of challenges and opportunities. 

Drones in 2018: Thought Leaders Make Predictions
dronelife | 01/02/2018
2017 was a big year for drones: the industry saw unprecedented growth, progress in regulations, and new uses and technologies almost every week.  With 2018 upon us, DRONELIFE asked three industry thought leaders for their predictions about what the next year will bring – and added some of our own.

Ballard Launches New Fuel Cell System for Drones
UST | 12/31/2017
Ballard Power Systems has announced that the company has developed a next-generation high-performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform.

Worldwide Military Drone Production to Swell Over Next Decade
National Defense Magazine | 12/21/2017
Unmanned aerial vehicles will experience the most dynamic growth in the global aerospace industry over the next 10 years, with military production driving the demand, according to a recent report, according to the Teal Group.

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