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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
July 26, 2018  

Early Bird Rate to the UAS Tech Forum Extended
James O Poss
Tom McMahon

You don't have to be a drone scientist to see at first glance that this year's agenda at the UAS Tech Forum is chalk full of first-rate speakers such as retired Air Force Maj. Gen. James Poss, ISR Ideas CEO and former director of the ASSURE program; and AUVSI Senior Vice President Tom McMahon. And that is just the tip of the iceberg!

Register today and receive $50 off the regular registration rate for this annual event scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This extended early-bird rate may not last long, so hurry and register before this limited-time offer disappears for good.

UAS in the News
FAA Clarifies Federal Authority Over Drone Rulemaking
A hot topic for some time has been the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) authority over navigable airspace and, thus, the confusion surrounding federal preemption for state and local unmanned aircraft system (UAS) laws. Now, the FAA has issued...

Curious about drones? Here are the basics
It seems like drones are everywhere these days – in the news, in stores, and in the air above us. From technology and uses to risks and regulations, here's a crash course (no pun intended) on this rapidly advancing technology.

Drone Controlled by Torso Motion Gives Pilots Maximum Control
The classic joystick method to pilot drones may soon be replaced by new technology that allows users to drive the unmanned aerial vehicles using just the motion of their bodies.

Rolls-Royce poised to enter unmanned aerial systems market
Rolls-Royce has unveiled a concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018.
Technology Spotlight
High—density fuels from renewable alcohols
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Over the last several years, a variety of methods have been developed for the conversion of biomass feedstocks to full-performance renewable fuels. One important pathway relies on the dehydration of renewable alcohols to alkenes followed by oligomerization to jet fuel range hydrocarbons. Navy scientists have developed a process for the conversion of renewable alcohols to high-performance fuels. Higher net heats of combustion (NHOC), which can be generated from sustainable alcohol feedstocks, are ideal for volume-limited aircraft such as UAVs.

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Host the 2019 UAS Tech Forum - Accepting Bids
The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas is accepting proposals to host its signature event, the UAS Tech Forum. Deadline for proposals is Friday, August 3.

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Upcoming UASCI Events
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UAS Tech Forum 2018
09/12/2018 - 09/13/2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
The UAS Tech Forum is a convergence of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, tech transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers in the UAS industry. The event features tech presentations, valuable networking with attendees and exhibitors, potential investment opportunities, thought-provoking panel discussions and relevant keynote speakers.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
09/29/2018 - 09/30/2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 2017. 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
UAS Midwest
Dayton, OH
If you are a current or future participant in the UAS community, we invite you to attend this year's event. We aspire to exceed your expectations and also give you the chance to enjoy the hospitality of the State of Ohio, its partners, and the...

UAS Summit & Expo
08/20/2018 - 08/22/2018
Grand Forks, ND
During the course of three days, attendees of the UAS Summit & Expo will hear from 100+ industry experts about insight on commercial UAV manufacturing and distribution, UAS technology offerings, regulatory updates, business case models, commercial...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas
10/01/2018 - 10/03/2018
Las Veags, NV
Join more than 3,000 professionals at the leading commercial drone conference and expo October 1-3. With top-notch education and an unparalleled exhibit floor filled with the highest precision UAS technology, Commercial UAV Expo is the best choice...
CA Tops In Cybersecurity Jobs, NY Is Drones Leader
Business Facilities | 07/26/2018
California is Business Facilities' top-ranked state among Cybersecurity Jobs Leaders and New Yorkheads the leaderboard in Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones), two new high-tech rankings categories appearing in the magazine's 14th Annual Rankings Report, released today.

Prototype Solar-Powered, High-Altitude UAV Undergoing Flight Tests
Power Electronics | 07/24/2018
A high-altitude unmanned-aerial-vehicle prototype, powered by solar panels and batteries, performs functions commonly attributed to spacecraft flying in low Earth orbits.

Are You Ready to Fly Without a Human Pilot?
On a recent visit to the Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas, I got to fly a Boeing 737. Or, at least, I got as close as someone who is not a licensed commercial pilot can: I sat at the controls of a multimillion-dollar simulator and learned how to "land" at La Guardia Airport in New York City.

Burt integral to drone research
Valley Courier | 07/23/2018
Alamosa resident and Sargent High School graduate Leighton Burt is part of drone research that could make a difference in managing fires like the Spring Fire that devastated so much of the eastern San Luis Valley this summer.

Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report
Tech Crunch | 07/23/2018
A UK government backed drone innovation project that's exploring how unmanned aerial vehicles could benefit cities — including for use-cases such as medical delivery, traffic incident response, fire response and construction and regeneration — has reported early learnings from the first phase of the project.

NDSU tests new 'spray drone': ‘Smart farm' concept addresses small weed patches | 07/23/2018
North Dakota State University has acquired a drone that will soon be tested for its ability to accurately spray herbicides autonomously.

The Top 7 Drone Visionaries in 7 Commercial Markets – Surveying & Mapping
Commercial UAV News | 07/20/2018
The impact drones are having in the surveying & mapping sector is arguably more significant than anywhere else.

US House bill gives protection from threatening UAVs
Air Transport World Online | 07/20/2018
A bill introduced in the US House on July 17 by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) would provide the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice authorities to protect buildings and people from threatening unmanned aerial vehicles.

What's NeXt? Boeing will work AI and blockchain into drone traffic system
Geek Wire | 07/17/2018
Boeing says it's aiming to create a traffic management system for drones that makes use of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology — and one of the companies in its investment portfolio.

Civil drone production will soar over the next decade
UAS Magazine | 07/16/2018
Civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are attracting record levels of venture capital and promise to be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, reports Teal Group—an aerospace and defense market analysis firm based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Drone Monitors Crops at Capetown Farm, Reduces Chemical Use by 30 Percent
The Drive | 07/16/2018
The agriculture industry has increasingly gravitated toward unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in recent years, as drones and sophisticated imaging software can affordably provide farmers with the data they need to maximize crop yields and reduce costs wherever possible.

Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Analysis, Latest Trends and Regional Growth Forecast by Types and Applications 2017
Talk Investor | 07/14/2018
Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Seed industry. This research report gives an overview of global Seed industries by analysing various key segments of this market based on the product types, application, end-to-end industries and industry scenario.

Kitsap licensed drone pilots concerned by constraints of drone ordinance
Kitsap Sun | 07/14/2018
James Morton is an FAA-licensed commercial drone operator who runs his own aerial imagery business. And he thinks he knows why there's been an uptick in illegal drone activity over the area's Navy installations the last couple of years.

Vicksburg Police Department Receives FAA Authorization to Use Drones
The Drive | 07/14/2018
Police departments across the country are increasingly looking toward unmanned aerial vehicles as logical, affordable tools to fight crime. 

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