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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
April 27, 2017  

Technology Transfer Takes Center Stage
This week we deliver this newsletter from the FLC National Summit in San Antonio.

Each year federal labs from around the country convene at this event to share best practices in technology transfer. With a push to take technologies developed in our federal labs and make them into products and services that benefit society this meeting could not be more relevant.

Do you have the best UAS Technology? Make it known

As UASCI celebrates technology transfer this week, we encourage you to participate in a National UAS Cluster Pitch Session at the upcoming Tech Forum. There is no cost to apply, but the application deadline is May 26th. Make sure you apply early, presentation spots are limited.

UAS in the News
OU team tackles new challenge to design, build, fly aircraft
How many engineers does it take to design and build an unmanned aircraft capable of carrying three hockey pucks along a specified course with optimum efficiency? One other thing, the aircraft has to fold up and fit in a small storage tube. A team of...

Indiana Drones: Unmanned aerial vehicle gives archeologist a cool tool
An off-the-shelf drone customized for archeological surveys by Rochester Institute of Technology students will be on exhibit at the 10th annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 6. The Multispectral Imaging Drone will be located...

DPD begins new UAS Drone program
With new technologies coming through daily to help local police municipalities the Duncan Police Department used donations from two organizations to begin a new Unmanned Aerial System Drone program for the department.

Army tests drone-killing lasers as threat grows on the battlefield
Infantry-carrying Stryker vehicles mounted with the Mobile High Energy Laser, a 5-kilowatt beam that scrambles the circuits of drones, took part in demonstrations at the Maneuver Fires Integration Experiment at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, a 10-day...

Industry turning to drones to sniff out leaks, pinpoint drilling locations
Drones — increasingly used in everything from agriculture to border surveillance, military operations to event coverage, newscasts and filmmaking — are finding their way to the nation's oil patch. These unmanned aerial vehicles have been sniffing...

The Insurance Industry's Game Of Drones
The company in question is not alone my research suggests. Insurance companies have shown little signs of adapting rapidly enough to the rise of drones, which are fast growing as both commercial tools and recreational devices, with liability issues...
Upcoming UASCI Events
Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
May 19 - 21, 2017
Tulsa University - Reynolds Center, H.A. Chapman Stadium and Mabee Gym
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus May 19-21, 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.

2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference
June 8, 2017
Salina, KS
Join the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable on June 8, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at Kansas State University Polytechnic. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Oklahoma/Kansas economy going forward.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Apply to Make Technology Pitch - No cost to apply and your application is reviewed by potential strategic partners.

Selected Presenters receive one on one mentoring, walk away with a polished pitch and an opportunity to present to an audience of UAS industry leaders.
Upcoming Industry Events
2017 Student UAS Competition
April 28 - 30, 2017
Alma, QC
The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and...

April 28 - 30, 2017
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Alpha Class for 2017 will be a turbine aircraft design competition and exposition.  Teams are invited to develop novel prototype aircraft in response to a statement of work requesting a turbine-powered advanced UAS target drone designed around the...

Unmanned Airspace Innovation Challenge
May 3, 2017
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Track – Hack – Attack A student competition for undergraduate and graduate teams to push the boundaries of unmanned aircraft system operations and improve safety within the national airspace through exploitation. 

AUVSI's Xponential
May 8 - 11, 2017
Dallas, TX
On May 8, 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will come together to shape the future of our industry. If you've never attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL – this is the one year you don't want to...

Demand for Unmanned
June 6 - 7, 2017
Denver, CO
Now, in it's second year, our DEMAND for UNMANNED® UAS symposium brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and...

July 19 - 21, 2017
Portland, OR
ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed...

UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

September 6 - 8, 2017
Dallas, TX

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...
Will Hazard become the nation's hub for drone research and development?
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader | 04/24/2017
Local officials think the Hazard area could someday be a center for research, development and manufacturing of drones, bringing in high-tech jobs in a burgeoning field to help replace those lost in the dwindling coal industry. A partnership of local governments and education institutions announced a plan Monday to build a complex called USA Drone Port in hopes of attracting companies to test and make unmanned robotic vehicles and train people to use them.

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good
Mashable | 04/23/2017
The word "drone" might inspire images of counterterrorism strikes and the future of package delivery. But quadcopters and other autonomous flying vehicles are revolutionizing the ways we tackle the biggest social and environmental issues of our time. While there are definite drawbacks to using drones in this capacity — problems of privacy, ethics, and cost among them — the technology, when executed responsibly, helps aid organizations, scientists, and everyday citizens transform the act of doing good. From edible drones delivering lifesaving assistance to rural communities to quadcopters tracking illegal logging in rainforests, here are just a few of the recent ways people have used drones for social good.

Mississippi State University-Led Partnership to Oversee DHS Drone Demo Facility
ExecutiveBiz | 04/21/2017
The Department of Homeland Security has chosen a Mississippi State University-led partnership to advance research and development work on small unmanned aerial systems.

Northrop Grumman Officially Opens North Dakota UAS Facility
Aviation International News Online | 04/21/2017
Global Hawk manufacturer Northrop Grumman on April 21 officially opened an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and development and crew training facility at the Grand Sky business park near Grand Forks in North Dakota. Grand Sky, which lays claim to being the first such business park in the U.S., also hosts a General Atomics flight-training academy that is expected to officially open this year.

Embry-Riddle Researchers are Shaping the Future of UAS Integration
ERAU News | 04/20/2017
Richard Stansbury knows a thing or two about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's principal investigator for the Alliance of System Safety for UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Center of Excellence for UAS. When ASSURE launched in 2015, Embry-Riddle was named the technical lead for research involving air traffic integration, and co-lead in pilot and crew training. ERAU News recently spoke with Stansbury to learn more about this groundbreaking research center.

Your Business Drone Crashed... What Do You Do?
JD Supra | 04/19/2017
When a corporate drone crashes, it can be one of the worst-case scenarios for owners who rely on UAS technology to conduct a wide-array of business functions. Aside from the obvious monetary concerns, however, commercial drone owners and operators need to be familiar with the accident reporting requirements of both the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") and National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB"). Although the respective regulations complement each other in many respects, the FAA and NTSB requirements are not identical. This article provides an overview of the current regulations related to drone accident reporting.

Enacting Sensible Drone Regulation on a Federal and Local Level
Commercial UAV News | 04/17/2017
The FAA has and continues to define what it means to legally operate a drone in the United States, but the authors of a recent article laid out why the agency's position in doing so might need to be reconsidered.

FAA Faces Another Inspector General Audit on Drone Progress
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/17/2017
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation is auditing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its "approval and oversight processes" for waivers issued under the Part 107 rulemaking for commercial drone operations.

Law Enforcement Officials Look to Drones as Way to Improve Public Safety
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) | 04/14/2017
A growing interest among law enforcement and emergency medical providers in using unmanned aircraft systems has prompted an aviation technology group at N.C. State University to develop some best practices and spread the word about what is happening.

Pipeline inspection drone developed for oil and gas industry
UAS Magazine | 04/13/2017
A new Canadian aerospace company has developed an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) specifically targeted for the oil and gas industry.

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders
UAS Magazine | 04/13/2017
Wireless provider Verizon last week conducted engineering flight tests from the Woodbine Municipal Airport in Cape May County, New Jersey. The tests are helping to determine how large an area of wireless coverage can be created using a long-endurance drone equipped as a flying cell site.

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