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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
March 2, 2018  

The 3rd annual UAS Tech Forum, the UAS Cluster Initiative's biggest event, is coming to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on September 12 and 13, 2018.
This nationwide gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, technology transfer professionals, economic development officials, and other service providers within the UAS space promises to be an informative, worthwhile event.

How to Get involved
There are so many ways you can contribute your talents, skills, knowledge and know-how to the Tech Forum.
  • Attend the Forum - Mark your calendars and make your travel plans, registration opens soon
  • Participate in the Quick Pitch Session - Each presenter receives a complimentary registration and mentoring in the weeks leading up to the event - Deadline to apply April 27
  • Mentor a selected pitch presenter - contact us to sign up
  • Become a sponsor
See you in Broken Arrow!

UAS in the News
Kansas State Rolls out New UAS Training for First Responders
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can use unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first...

‘Pitching' Drone Technologies a Big Part of UAS Tech Forum
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the UAS Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and...

Kansas House Passes UAS Resolution
The Kansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today supporting the Kansas Department of Transportation application for the Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. Representative J.R. Claeys...
Technology Spotlight
Modular Mission Payload Control Software
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation today are designed around a single mission payload. The payload is located in the UAS and is controlled remotely using a human-computer interface connected at a tactical control station. Given the current configuration and architecture, implementing a new payload in the UAS is exceedingly difficult and requires changing the software in a multitude of systems, terminals, processors, and stations. There is a great need for a common interface for all payloads that may be carried by the UAS and an open system architecture to facilitate the integration of new and differing payloads. The Navy has met these needs with the modular mission payload control software capable of controlling each payload according to that payload's unique interface.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Upcoming UASCI Events
SBIR Workshop
March 6, 2018
Wichita State University Wichita, KS
This one day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR process of preparing a competitive Phase 1 SBIR/STTR proposal and an overview of the business side of the SBIR proposal.

SBIR Workshop
March 7, 2018
This one day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR process of preparing a competitive Phase 1 SBIR/STTR proposal and an overview of the business side of the SBIR proposal.

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

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...
Sheep Adapt Readily to Regular Drone Monitoring, Says Virginia Tech Study
The Drive | 02/23/2018
Researchers at Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the effects of drones on a variety of agricultural implementation, such as microbe analysis, and indeed, how drones affect the behavior of actual livestock such as sheep. According to Farmer's Weekly, the evidence gathered seems to support the notion that sheep are largely undeterred from their regular patterns of behavior by nearby drones.

Bay Area company expands to Reno, helps autonomous drones avoid collisions
Northern Nevada Business Weekly | 02/22/2018
On a clear October day, in a field outside of Reno, a drone lifts from a blaze orange launch pad, quickly becoming a black dot flying through the blue sky. The drone, a DJI M600, is equipped with a unique collision avoidance system. The technology is a development of Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based startup — which expanded to Reno last year — with a team from NASA, Boeing and Airbus, among others.

Drones in Geoscience Research: The Sky Is the Only Limit | 02/22/2018
The geosciences community at large has taken to the skies, with a broad spectrum of researchers using an array of drone platforms and sensors or samplers in several unique and innovative applications.

Drones could get another lift from Colorado lawmakers
The Durango (CO) Herald | 02/20/2018
Legislation is set to be introduced at the Colorado state Capitol in the coming days that would make it a crime to obstruct emergency operations with a drone. The draft legislation would make flying a drone near active police and firefighters a class two misdemeanor.

FAA budget includes substantial cuts in R&D funding, UAV research
ATW Online | 02/16/2018
FAA's fiscal 2019 budget request of $16.1 billion is about 1.9% down from fiscal 2017's approved level and includes a hefty cut in its research, engineering and development (RE&D) funding, including nearly $17 million in cuts to unmanned aircraft systems research.

Mississippi researchers, aerial applicators looking at drone tech
Delta Farm Press | 02/16/2018
Two years ago, the Mississippi Aerial Applicators Association was approached by Mississippi State University's Precision Agricultural Department and Geosystems Research Institute. That initial meeting has expanded to Ike Brunetti, a veteran aerial applicator in Shelby, Miss., working with other MSU researchers looking into unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology.

Entrepreneur: Sky's the limit for drone technology
Grand Junction (CO) Business Times | 02/15/2018
Mike Nevins has worked on the cutting edge of technology before — he began his career at the beginning of the revolution in personal computing, in fact. Nonetheless, Nevins admits he has no idea where the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles will lead or what the future holds for an industry for which the sky is literally the limit. For now, Nevins prefers to focus on what he does know, and that's the varied services his UAV and his business, MountainSky Aerial, offers.

Texas Department of Public Safety launches new drone program
San Antonio Express News | 02/15/2018
The Texas Department of Public Safety is launching a new drone program, about eight years after scrapping its first effort due to challenges posed by federal restrictions and maintenance costs. Over the past few months, the department has quietly spent about $70,000 to purchase 17 drones, known formally as unmanned aerial systems.

Drones deliver green transportation option
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | 02/14/2018
New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector.

New Jersey outlaws drunken droning
Washington Examiner | 02/13/2018
New Jersey residents who fly recreational drones while drunk or high soon will run the risk of getting locked up for six months and being charged a $1,000 fine if caught by law enforcement. Before leaving office last month, Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed into law what has become known as the "Drunk Droning Law," which unanimously passed both houses of the state legislature. The sponsor, Democratic Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, says the bill does much more than just rein in droning while drinking.

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