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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
June 28, 2018  

Be the Early Bird and Catch the Reduced Rate for the 2018 UAS Tech Forum
Summer is officially here, and that means the 2018 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Tech Forum is just around the corner!

The UAS Tech Forum, which is September 12-13 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center in Broken Arrow, OK, is shaping up to be the best Tech Forum yet, featuring an agenda filled with first-class speakers, excellent networking opportunities, and relevant and worthwhile sessions, all designed to solidify the Tech Forum's place as one of the region's premier UAS events.

Save time (and money) by registering for the UAS Tech Forum now and take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $195, a $50 discount on the regular registration rate. Don't wait too long. The Early Bird rate ends July 13. Register today!

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UAS in the News
Integration Pilot Program (IPP): Fast Tracking UAS Integration
American companies are known for using 'tiger teams'—an approach to problem solving created by NASA—to develop new technology and tackle big challenges. Now the White House is adopting this concept to work out how to integrate drones into the...

Kansas State Polytechnic becomes first university to receive waiver to fly UAS BLOS
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has become the first university to receive a waiver from the FAA to fly UAS beyond the line of sight.

Smaller than a dime, MIT's new chip powers honeybee size drones
Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even further, in both size and power consumption.

Los Alamos deploys drone mitigation tech
Los Alamos National Laboratory has set up a system to spot and, if needed, bring down drones that fly into its air space, which is off limits to hobbyist drone flights.

In the Race for Our Skies, a New Drone Testing Program Just Gave a Big Boost to Big Business
Drone projects recently greenlit by the DOT give corporations a major leg up. And law enforcement may not be far behind.
Technology Spotlight
Recharging an unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a power line
Naval System Warfare Center - Carderock Division
Currently, electrically powered UASs are limited in range and duration by the size and weight of the batteries they can carry. Batteries can make up a significant percentage of the available payload weight. Consequently, there is an inherent tradeoff between duration and useful payload. Because of these constraints, the flight times of electrically powered UAVs are typically limited to less than one hour. In order to extend flight times and gain more flexibility with regard to payload, Navy scientists and engineers have developed a method of perching a UAS on a utility power line and inductively charging the drone.

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

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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
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
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.

Join us on July 18, 2018 for a presentation by John Ferguson of Saxon Remote Systems, McPherson, KS and Drone Aviator, San Diego, CA.

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

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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
U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030
College Station, TX

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...
Anti-drone radar shield protects Russia's major cities — Aerospace Forces
TASS | 06/24/2018
A radar shield to detect low-flying targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has been put into operation above all major Russian cities, a senior Russian military official has told TASS.

Pentagon quietly bans Marines from using drones, citing cybersecurity concerns
FOX News | 06/24/2018
In a policy memo issued quietly in late May, the Department of Defense prohibited the U.S Marine Corps from continuing to purchase and use commercial off-the-shelf drones, known at COTS, after cybersecurity vulnerabilities were exposed.

‘Going to mission!': Drones are flying themselves, but how far should Washington let them go?
The Washington Post | 06/23/2018
A Virginia Tech team is teaming with State Farm to test long-distance drones in their efforts to assess disaster zones nationwide. But before the insurance giant can do that, it must make the case to the federal government that it can do the job safely.

Dropcoter drone helps bees pollinate 350,000 apple trees
UAS Magazine | 06/20/2018
In the critical step of plant pollination for food production, Mother Nature is now getting assistance from unmanned aircraft.

FAA's LAANC Program Cuts Commercial Drone Flight Permit Process From Months to Seconds
The Drive | 06/20/2018
The Federal Aviation Administration has projected the commercial drone industry to grow fourfold by 2022, with the most recent development of facilitating commercial drone flight authorizations supporting that estimate. According to Fast Company, the FAA is releasing a cloud-based service Thursday which will allow apps like Kittyhawk to forego the often month-long process of getting a commercial drone flight authorized, and will reduce it to a matter of mere seconds. 

Bizarre Amazon Patent Application Suggests Jellyfish-Like Drones for Warehouses
Gizmodo | 06/19/2018
Amazon is on a mission to mechanize as much of its supply chain as possible, and has—through publicly available documents—considered autonomous vehicles, drones that react to screaming, and flying warehouses. Among the strangest is a patent application which became public today, and it's, uh, some sort of crane game jellyfish thing.

Airbus signs major European military UAV contract
Commercial Drone Professional | 06/18/2018
Airbus has announced it has locked in a deal to deliver UAV capabilities to German militant forces.

Pentagon Grounds Marines' ‘Eyes in the Sky' Drones Over Cyber Security Concerns
The Marine Corps has shelved several new, small drones – at least temporarily – amid a Pentagon ban and assessment on the cybersecurity of commercial, off-the-shelf, unmanned aerial systems.

What's all the buzz about? Utility finds drones better way to access hard-to-reach places
T&D | 06/16/2018
Question: What looks like a bird, flies like a helicopter and sounds like a swarm of bees? Answer: A drone!

Commercial Drone Alliance Meets With White House Office on Drones Over People, Security
Drone Life | 06/15/2018
The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) met June 14 with the Office of Information and  Regulatory Affairs at the White House.  CDA representatives discussed the Alliance positions on two regulatory issues: drone flight over people and general drone security.

We just drove straight to the storm': CU Boulder flies drones in supercell storms
Boulder CO Daily Camera | 06/15/2018
A University of Colorado team of aerospace engineers came equipped with specialized drones in South Dakota recently where they they met meteorologists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Texas Tech University who plan to use the drone data to improve understanding and forecasting of tornadoes.

Forget Package Delivery Drones – Here Come Autonomous Containers | 06/13/2018
Amazon, UPS and others are exploring using drones to deliver packages to people's doorsteps, but some companies are thinking bigger — autonomous cargo drones the size of small airplanes.

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