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June 8, 2017  

3D Printers, VR Caves, Robots Oh My!
This week we bring you the newsletter from Kansas as we visit both the Wichita State University and Kansas State University Polytechnic campuses

I was fortunate enough to get an exclusive tour of WSU's GoCreate. In WSU's words, "Compare it to a gym, but for geniuses, inventors, tinkerers, artists and other handy types who like working with their heads and their hands." All I can say is wow, what a facility. Paired up with NIAR, industry partners, and open to community members this is a game changer.

Now, I only wish I could go back to school for engineering at WSU so I can learn how to play with some of the high tech toys (that are already building drones, by the way!)

The good news is, you have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour of GoCreate if you attend the Tech Forum Opening Reception on August 30, 2017

Save yourself $50 and register before July 21st.
UAS in the News
Drones Are About to Revolutionize Our World. This Bill Will Let America Lead the Drone Economy.
The last decade has seen a boom in recreational drone usage, as hundreds of thousands of law-abiding hobby pilots have taken to the skies with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, enterprising individuals are continually dreaming up new commercial uses for drone...

Alphabet's X Demonstrates Automated Drone Flight Management
Alphabet's moonshot factory, X, has announced the successful demonstration of its UAS Air Traffic Management (UTM) Platform in Virginia Tech last June 6.

UAS data imaging, night flight training options offered in June at Kansas State Polytechnic
Kansas State Polytechnic is offering several new UAS training options in June. UAS Data and Image Processing, June 16-17, is an introductory data processing course focusing on collecting quality still imagery with a sUAS for precision mapping and...

Amazon patents a parachute shipping label for drone deliveries
Amazon has received a patent for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, "to enable the delivery of packages by [unpiloted] aerial vehicles (UAVs) or other aerial vehicles." The patent, as reported by GeekWire, was filed in August 2015...

High hopes, big challenges: U.S. Transportation Secretary outlines need for modernization with continued rise of drone technology
Elaine Chao said Wednesday, May 31, that the Donald Trump administration has started working to address challenges of the burgeoning unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, industry. But a top priority is simply modernizing the air traffic control system,...
Upcoming UASCI Events
2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference
June 8, 2017
Salina, KS
Join the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable on June 8, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at Kansas State University Polytechnic. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Oklahoma/Kansas economy going forward.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Apply to Make Technology Pitch - No cost to apply and your application is reviewed by potential strategic partners.

Selected Presenters receive one on one mentoring, walk away with a polished pitch and an opportunity to present to an audience of UAS industry leaders.

POSTPONED - Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
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.
Upcoming Industry Events
ASCEND
July 19 - 21, 2017
Portland, OR
ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed...

UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

InterDrone
September 6 - 8, 2017
Dallas, TX

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...
Headlines
NASA, NIAS Demo Drone Traffic Mgmt System at Nevada UAS Test Site
ExecutiveGov | 06/07/2017
NASA has partnered with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to test the space agency's traffic management system and demonstrate its capability to facilitate operations of multiple unmanned aerial systems.

3 NASA Teams to Research ‘Ambitious' Drone Ideas
Drone Life | 06/05/2017
Three teams of NASA researchers who have dreamed up potential solutions for pieces of the UAS puzzle have received the nod to officially begin formal feasibility studies of their concepts. All three concepts share a theme of safe, reliable, responsible UAV flight management. The trio of investigations are part of NASA's Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project and are expected to take between 24 and to 30 months to complete.

Wary of Drones in the Past, Firefighters Now Want to Deploy Their Own UAVs
LA Weekly | 06/05/2017
The Los Angeles Fire Department is seeking to become one of the first fire departments in the nation to put what it calls "unmanned aerial systems" in the air to help firefighters on the ground.

White House pushes for drone deterrence authority
GCN.com | 06/01/2017
The Trump administration wants to give federal agencies the right to track and possibly destroy unmanned aircraft over certain domestic facilities and events.A draft bill would let agencies and law enforcement monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat to a "covered operation" or facility in the U.S. and then intercept, confiscate and/or destroy the aircraft.   

Drone Demos at Texas Airport to Support NASA UAS Traffic Management
Unmanned Aerial Online | 05/31/2017
For the second year in a row, the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is working alongside NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management concepts and technologies. LSUASC will conduct a series of flights at the Charles R. Johnson Airport, which is located two hours south of Corpus Christi, beginning Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9.

North Dakota creates task force to counter threats from rogue UAS activity
Grand Forks (ND) Herald | 05/31/2017
An unmanned aircraft park near Grand Forks will anchor a North Dakota task force aimed at defending against threats from rogue UAS activity.
The UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force, which will be based at Grand Sky, will coordinate amenities and efforts needed to test countermeasures against threats posed by threatening drones, Gov. Doug Burgum announced May 31 during the Drone Focus Conference in Fargo.

Texas Outlaws Low Drone Flights Over Big Farms
Courthouse News Service | 05/31/2017
Fly a drone over a factory farm in Texas where cattle or pigs are raised in confinement and you could go to jail under a new law that critics call unconstitutional.
Responding to farmers' fears that a biochemical attack launched from a drone could wipe out their stock and poison the food chain, House Bill 1643 adds concentrated animal feeding operations to the state's list of "critical infrastructure."

The Austin Fire Department Enhances Safety and the Effectiveness of Their Emergency Response Capabilities with Drones
Commercial UAV News | 05/30/2017
Across the United States, more and more emergency response professionals are recognizing and understanding what kind of value and benefit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can bring to their departments and the people they serve.

When drones flyWhat do safety professionals need to know about this evolving technology?
Safety and Health Magazine | 05/28/2017
Employers in all 50 states use drones for more than 40 business applications, according to research from AUVSI. Aerial photography is most common on a list that also includes construction; infrastructure; emergency management; and mining, oil and gas. And some safety experts have taken stock. New York-based Skanska first explored using drones – more formally known as unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS – several years ago, starting slowly as the technology developed. Before long, the organization had pinpointed numerous practical and cost-effective uses that also promoted worker safety.

Bill would protect state, local authority on drones
Washington Examiner | 05/25/2017
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday to protect state and local government authority to regulate drones, an effort to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration could not overrule local authorities if they create their own ordinances regarding the unmanned aerial vehicles.

DJI Launches First Mini Drone, a Selfie UAV Called Spark
Electronics 360 | 05/25/2017
Just a few days after DJI issued a warning to drone owners they would have to register their machines or have its capabilities drastically hindered, one of the world' largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) companies launched its first mini-drone. Spark is a small camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture images and video and can be controlled by hand gestures, eliminating the barrier of a bulky, sometimes hard to operate remote controller.

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