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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
August 1, 2019  

More Demos and Pitch Presenters Added to the UAS Tech Forum Agenda
There's even more reasons to attend the UAS Tech Forum, August 21-22, 2019 in Salina, Kansas.

Due to an overwhelming response, additional technology presenters have been added to the ever popular Pitch Session, meaning more investment and licensing opportunities in the mix.

Then join us for two demo sessions. The first on day one during the opening reception and on day two watch live search and rescue demonstrations during the "UAS Technology Solutions for First Responders" breakout.

UAS in the News
With UPS Flight Forward, drone delivery operations near reality
UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the trademarked UPS network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward Inc. 

AiRXOS Receives Nationwide Approval for Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Operations
AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, recently received a unique and industry-progressive FAA Part 107.35 waiver for multiple unmanned aircraft operations (Multi-UA). AiRXOS' Multi-UA waiver uniquely allows operators to simultaneously fly any type of small...

FAA Expands LAANC to Recreational Drone Operators
Starting today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will expand its Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system to include recreational drone flyers
Technology Spotlight
Vigilant Spirit UAV ground control software
Air Force Research Laboratory - 711th Human Performance Wing
The Air Force developed a new, non-proprietary UAV software that can control multiple groups and types of UAVs that can be customized for individual operators or missions. It's called the Vigilant Spirit Control Software.

The VSCS suite was written using publicly available software development tools.

The 711th Human Performance Wing is using an information transfer agreement or a license agreement to provide private companies with access to its Vigilant Spirit Control Station software package.

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

Business Innovation is Risky: How Technology Transfer Can Help
Upcoming UASCI Events
DronePort Network Seminar
Salina, KS
In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more. 

The third annual Midwest Big Data Hub
Salina, KS
All-Hands Meeting will serve as the culmination for the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data for agriculture.

UAS Tech Forum
Salina, KS
The Tech Forum's agenda spotlights UAS in three exciting tracks: Agriculture, First Responders, and Innovation. Industry leaders and policy makers will be front and center at this event making this a one-stop shop for some of the best networking of the year. 

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
UAS Summit & Expo
Grand Forks, ND

InterDrone 2019
September 3-6, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. Connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV...

AI Innovation Summit
San Francisco, CA
The AI Innovation Summit 2019 is coming to San Francisco, CA. Come learn, explore, and create with some of the world's most accomplished practitioners, thought leaders, and vendors. This unique program engages, inspires, and provides unique insights...

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
DLR develops unmanned gyrocopters to autonomously cart heavier cargo
New Atlas | 07/31/2019
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is developing a new type of gyrocopter that gets rid of the pilot to provide more cargo space. 

Kittyhawk and the FAA Introduce the New Version of B4UFLY, Free App for Drone Operators
dronelife | 07/31/2019
It's a complex problem: how to ensure that all drone operators have up-to-date information on airspace before they fly. 

DJI Plans to Expand FPV Drone Racing Product Lineup
UAV Coach | 07/30/2019
DJI has filed three equipment authorizations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), signaling that they're about to launch some new products.

Uber Eats Moving Forward with Urban Drone Delivery, Powered by New Computing Platform
dronelife | 07/30/2019
Drone delivery is a technology with far-reaching significance – not just because it has the potential to change the nature of residential delivery, but because it pushes so many boundaries of commercial drone applications: flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), sense and avoid technology, flight stability, and more.

Drone Companies Snag $7.5 Million Air Force Contract to Develop UTM
dronelife | 07/29/2019
Two New York drone companies have flown into a cloud of sweet, sweet government dollars after receiving a $7.75 million grant from the Air Force Research Lab.

Sharma sets pace for drone mapping industry
University of North Georgia Newsroom | 07/29/2019
University of North Georgia faculty member Dr. J.B. Sharma is the editor of an upcoming book that will serve as the industry standard for map work with small drones.

How can a Flamethrower on a Drone be Utilized by Commercial UAS Operators?
UAV Commercial News | 07/28/2019
Designed to project a long controllable stream of fire, flamethrowers are widely known as a war weapon used during World War I and II. Since then, they've been utilized for many other uses, one of which was recently announced by Throwflame. The company is a flamethrower manufacturer for personal and commercial use and is now selling a drone-attachable flamethrower.

UPS adds pickup spots at retailers, seeks to fly more drones
Associated Press | 07/28/2019
United Parcel Service Inc. is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up packages.

Air Force drones on about the future
Lowell (MA) Sun | 07/27/2019
When it comes to new technology, the Air Force has its eyes on small businesses and startups. The Air Force and Northeastern University recently hosted a Unmanned Aircraft System Pitch Day at their collaborative innovation campus in Burlington, Mass.

The Crazy V-Bat Vertical Takeoff And Landing Drone Could Be A Game Changer
The Drive | 07/27/2019
The Navy sent its expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Spearhead to sea to experiment with a number of cutting-edge technologies last week, including MartinUAV's novel V-Bat drone. V-Bat is capable of infrastructure-independent vertical takeoff and landings while also retaining the high efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft for long-endurance missions.

Ballard Offers Turnkey Fuel Cell Solutions to Power Commercial UAV
inside unmanned systems | 07/26/2019
Ballard Unmanned Systems, Inc.–a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, Inc.–recently announced the launch of the FCair fuel cell product line, a complete long duration fuel cell power solution for commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Companies land $7.7M Rome Lab drone-integration contract
Rome (NY) Sentinel | 07/26/2019
AX Enterprize of Yorkville and Thales USA have won a $7.7 million Rome Lab contract to investigate how civilian and military unmanned aircraft will safely co-exist alongside manned aviation in the national airspace system, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, announced.

Xcel uses drones to inspect 485 miles of Wisconsin transmission lines
La Crosse Tribune | 07/26/2019
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a helicopter-shaped drone cruising over miles of Xcel Energy transmission lines.

Guide: Eight High-Flying Drone Startups Ready to Take Flight
BOSTINNO | 07/22/2019
Unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, have gained popularity in recent years. During the 2015 Christmas season, the Consumer Technology Association estimated that 400,000 drones would be purchased for the boys and girls who made Santa's nice list.

Drones have become a lifesaving tool for fighting wildfires | 07/20/2019
The whir of aerial drones provided a distinct soundtrack to the month it took to contain the Woodbury Fire, which ranks as the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona history.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

13905 Quail Pointe Dr, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 |


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