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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
April 13, 2018  

If you are interested in securing funding from the Department of Defense for your innovative solution OK Catalyst SBIR Accelerator has an opportunity for you.
The OK Catalyst SBIR Accelerator program provides training, mentoring, and support to Oklahoma-based researchers or small businesses pursuing an SBIR/STTR award. They are currently accepting applications from those interested in pursuing opportunities that align with the 2018.2 SBIR and 2018.B STTR Department of Defense (DoD) solicitation that is released on April 20th.

If you know anyone who is interested in pursuing SBIR/STTR opportunities with the Department of Defense, this is a great resource for them to receive training and mentorship through the process of submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal. Participants in the program will receive $1000 upon successful submission of a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR proposal on June 20th.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications from female entrepreneurs and researchers are especially encouraged. The deadline is to submit your application is 12:00 AM on April 26th, 2018.

For more information about the OK Catalyst SBIR Accelerator and the Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, please visit their website at or contact the team at
UAS in the News
What Kind of Insurance Do Commercial Drone Operators Need?
We've talked about what it means for commercial drone operators to assess risk, but the nuances associated with different types of insurance and whether or not standard policies cover a given operation have many people exposing themselves to...

Drone Deliveries Are Better for the Environment
A study conducted by Nature Communications, an open-access scientific journal, found that drone delivery of packages could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

AgEagle Aerial Systems Merges With EnerJex Resources
AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc., a drone imagery collection and analytics company, has closed its merger transaction with EnerJex Resources Inc., pursuant to which AgEagle becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of EnerJex.
Technology Spotlight
Airborne deployment of an autonomous underwater vehicle
NSWC Panama City
Autonomous underwater vehicles, sometimes called underwater drones, are typically deployed from a ship via a davit or crane. The drawback of ship deployment is that the AUV's operating range is restricted to a short distance from the boat. This makes it a tedious and time-consuming task when using AUV's in searching large areas beyond the range of the AUV. However, if an AUV could be deployed from an Unmanned Aerial System (flying drone), the effective range of the submersible could be greatly extended. This is precisely what Navy researchers have developed and patented – a UAS deployed AUV.

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

How Entrepreneurs Can Find and Act on Business Opportunity
Upcoming UASCI Events
Drones and the Future of Food 
April 24, 2018
Enid, OK
Hosted by the Enid Regional Development Alliance

Early Stage UAS Company Presentations
April 26, 2018
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
Our intent is to create an opportunity where those interested in exploring the UAS field for investment purposes can meet like-minded investors, share insights and experiences and meet possible co-investors.

The two companies presenting are Aker Pest Network, and WiBotic,

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

How to Build a Successful Presentation to Pitch Your New Technologies
May 9, 2018
Insights from industry experts on what goes into developing and making a quality pitch presentation to help develop future presentations to investors, serial entrepreneurs or licensees. Complimentary to UAS Cluster members.

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018

UAS Tech Forum 2018
September 12 - 13, 2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
<em>Registration opening soon.</em>
Upcoming Industry Events
Sharing the Skies Safely: Aircraft and Drones In Central Oklahoma
Rose State College Lecture Hall, Midwest City OK
In a measure to promote flight and operation safety between pilots and drone operators, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration and Rose State College are partnering to host a free UAV safety seminar titled, "Sharing the Skies Safely: Aircraft and...

Dronetech America - The conference for commercial drones
April 25 - 26, 2018
New York City, NY
Dronetech America is about more than flying robots, it's about the intersection of advanced technologies that have the power to transform the world! ​

Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition
April 25-26, 2018
San Francisco, CA
sUSB Expo the Silicon Valley Drone Show is a commercial sUAS event for business to business exchange of ideas on commerce. The Expo features guest speakers from around the world and a SAR workshop, new in 2018 sUSB Expo Demo Field Day.

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...
Sentient Vision to Showcase ViDAR Optical Radar
UAS Vision | 04/12/2018
Australian sensor video analytics provider Sentient Vision will soon showcase its "game changing" ViDAR optical radar system, which gives tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) the ability to cover up to 80 times more ocean in a single sortie than the same UAS equipped with existing EO/IR systems.

Drone Start-Ups Win Big in New York State
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/11/2018
GENIUS NY, a yearlong business accelerator, awarded six finalist teams a total of nearly $3 million at its finals event on Monday night, including prizes and investments of $1 million, $600,000 and $400,000 and three $250,000 awards

Illinois Police Department Set to Deploy Donated UAS
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/11/2018
Illinois' Rockford Police Department is deployingunmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to speed up the investigation of serious vehicle crash scenes.

There is a good reason why this drone flies near aircraft
Dgitial Trends | 04/11/2018
Ordinarily, you don't want drones going anywhere near planes.
A small flying machine colliding with a large flying machine — one with people on board — almost certainly isn't going to end well, which is why strict flying bans are in place around airports for quadcopters and other remotely controlled aerial devices.

Virginia Governor Announces Funding for UAS Training Program
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/11/2018
Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., has announced $76,000 in funding for an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) initiative in the Alleghany County region of Virginia.

With fastest delivery drone in world, Zipline eyes US market
UAS Magazine | 04/07/2018
A Silicon Valley-based drone developer believes it has created the fastest drone delivery system in the world. Based on a fixed-wing design, Zipline's unmanned aircraft vehicle can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour. The company has tested and flown the unit multiple times during its delivery of medicine and supplies to rural areas of Africa, specifically Rwanda.

Schools Offering Drone Programs, but Learning to Fly Is Just the Start
The New York Times | 04/05/2018
Whether for their potential role in education, entertainment or commercial use, drones have captured the world's attention. Global sales have more than tripled from three million in 2014 to an estimated 10 million this year, according to statistics from Business Insider Intelligence, a private research company. Over a third of the purchases are in the United States.
Colleges have noted this interest, and an increasing number are offering drone classes.

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