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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
March 29, 2018  

On Thursday, April 26, 1:00 pm, ET the UAS Angel Network, in cooperation with the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI) is hosting an online presentation of two early stage UAS deals seeking investment.

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 participating in this invitation only event please contact Jim Troxel at
UAS in the News
NASA completes third phase of UAS airspace testing
The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and its NASA Unmanned Traffic Management partners flew multiple unmanned aerial systems over a week-long testing period at the Nevada UAS Test Site at the Reno-Stead Airport. This third phase of NASA's...

FAA Aerospace Forecast Shows Opportunities Abound for Commercial UAS
In its latest aerospace forecast, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is predicting "phenomenal growth" in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sector.

Sky Is The Limit
Some five years ago, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ranked Kansas seventh out of the top 10 states with major opportunity in unmanned aerial systems. The AUVSI predicted that by 2025, the UAS industry would provide Kansas...
Technology Spotlight
Batteries as structural elements
Army Research Lab
In most power applications, a battery is used in combination with structural or support elements. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) typically include batteries that are mounted in a polymer composite airframe and common circuit boards routinely support batteries. Efforts to lessen weight and create more space for other components in these battery-powered devices have typically focused on increasing the power and energy density of batteries. Army researchers have departed from the conventional approaches to optimizing battery-powered electronic systems and devices, and they have invented battery systems that are sufficiently rigid and strong to function as panels, columns, beams, pylons, and other structural elements of the objects in which they are incorporated. For example, portions of the airframe of a UAS may be fabricated from structural batteries, which reduces its weight and increases the amount of electrical power carried.

Contact: Austin Leach, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7707

How Entrepreneurs Can Find and Act on Business Opportunity
Upcoming UASCI Events
Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
April 14, 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.

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

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

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
Registration opening soon.
Upcoming Industry Events
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...
Raytheon details plans for drone swarm technology
UAS Magazine | 03/27/2018
Technology dveloper Raytheon is developing a new technology suite capable of directing and controlling swarms of small autonomous air and ground vehicles.

FAA Issues Refresher on Flying Drones Commercially
Unmanned Aerial Online | 03/23/2018
The Federal Aviation Administration recently released a refresher on its Part 107 rules for small unmanned aircraft system operations, covering commercial and government uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds.

Pendleton competes nationally for UAS economic development
East Oregonian | 03/23/2018
After a slow start, the Pendleton, Ore., UAS test site is starting to see business pick up while a handful of permanent jobs in the drone industry begin to trickle in. But test ranges across the country are pursuing the same economic development goals as Pendleton, and administrators from three other test-site states — Nevada, New York and North Dakota — spoke about the gains their programs have made in the past four years.

The Role of Drones in Climate Change Research
ZME Science | 03/23/2018
As scientists ramp up their research in an effort to better understand climate change and how to mitigate damage caused by it, they're increasingly employing the help of a certain high-flying technology. Unmanned Aerial Systems, more commonly called drones, are helping us to gather the data needed to further scientific knowledge about how our environment is changing.

Amazon is issued patent for delivery drones that can react to screaming voices, flailing arms
Washington Post | 03/22/2018 has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.

Can We Prevent a Drone Terror Attack?
The Crime Report | 03/20/2018
The uncontrolled market in toy or hobbyist drones makes their future use in a domestic terrorist attack "likely," says a researcher and lecturer on drone warfare.
But it will still require sophisticated technical skills to deploy them effectively.

Drone Company Hangs On to Win Clean-Energy Bet
Bloomberg | 03/20/2018
Solar-powered drone maker Aerovironment retreated to the defense business when electric cars stalled. Now it's green again, and investors are piling in.

Boeing Invests in Drone Radar with Fortem
Aviation Today | 03/15/2018
Boeing is funding the development of advanced radar systems through its HorizonX subsidiary's investment in Fortem Technologies.

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