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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
January 25, 2019  

UAS in the News
Drones can hover over people and at night as per new FAA rule
For technologies to revolutionize the world, right policies need to be on the place just like in the case of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle also known as drones.

KSU Poly, Law Enforcement Evaluate Remote-Sensing Crime Fighting Technology
The Applied Aviation Research Center on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to evaluate small unmanned aircraft remote sensing technologies to reconstruct crime scenes.

The "Why's" of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act
Retired Air Force Gen. James Poss provides a summary, along with his own commentary, surrounding the 2018 FAA Reautorization Act as it relates to unmanned aerial systems.
Technology Spotlight
Air vehicle GPS backup navigation system
Naval Air Center Warfare Weapons Division
Navy engineers invented a triple redundancy solution for precise position, navigation and timing (PNT) in a low cost, size, weight, and power (c-SWAP) solution. GPS is accurate to a few meters, but the new Time-Space-Position-Information (TSPI) technology, using differential corrections, could be accurate to within a few centimeters.

The invention provides the Navy with a novel approach for TSPI in several areas, including GPS denied environments, highly dynamic aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and highly-dynamic guided weapons. This new technology could be a game-changer by enabling a more accurate, reliable, cost-effective addition to the use of GPS for some manned and unmanned systems flight testing and their integration into NextGen.

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621


Navy launches first UAS test squadron; drone tech available for product development
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Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial, and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

Rural and Independent Innovators Conference
Manhattan, KS
Do you have an innovative idea but are unsure of whether or how to move forward? Or are you a company looking to expand through innovation but do not know how to access innovative ideas? On January 28th and 29th, the Kansas SBDC will be hosting our...

UAS DRONES Disaster Conference
Downey, CA
Volcanos, hurricanes, and an endless season of wildfires causing devastation throughout California. 2018 marked another pivotal year for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for public safety and disaster management. For this reason, we've...

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

2019 UAS Roundup
Nathrop, Colorado
he Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board and Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation invite you to explore and understand the capabilities of emerging unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology at the stunning MT. Princeton Resort in Nathrop,...

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.
Headlines
At Windover Construction, Drones Go Beyond ‘Eye in the Sky'
Robotics Business Review | 01/24/2019
The use of drones in construction is expected to rise, particularly as surveyors, builders, realtors, and insurers apply new techniques such as AR and VR for gathering and understanding data.

How Africa Is Leading The Drone Industry
iAfrica | 01/24/2019
Drones have become more than just cool-looking flying objects. They are now one of the world's most publicized and intriguing technologies. Described as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), some are rotor-based, and some have wings.

Boeing Completes First Flight of Autonomous Passenger Airplane
Robotics Business Review | 01/23/2019
Boeing recently announced it had successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle prototype in Manassas, Va.

AerialWayz™ granted Flight Over People & Moving Vehicles Waiver with Fruity Chutes Inc.
sUAS News | 01/22/2019
AerialWayz™ was recently granted the 107.39(b) Flying Over People & Moving Vehicles waiver using a DJI Inspire 1. Fruity Chutes drone parachutes was an essential part of our application process for the flight safety aspects. JAS Henry says "When AerialWayz™ was preparing for the 107.39 waiver, Fruity Chutes Inc. was our first choice, mainly because of their years of experience in the industry, the excellent feedback communications and quality of the drone parachutes that fit several different drone platforms."

Air Force Research Laboratory, partnered with Wright Brothers Institute, announce International "Swarm and Search AI Challenge"
US Air Force | 01/22/2019
The Air Force Research Laboratory, United Kingdom Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, or DSTL, in collaboration with Wright Brothers Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute, announced, the "Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack." The challenge will explore new, efficient and resilient ways to plan complex unmanned aerial systems search and rescue missions. Concurrent challenges in the U.S. and the U.K. will conclude with a final showdown taking place March 29 - 31, 2019.

Report Forecasts Growth in DoD UAS Spending Through Fiscal 2023
Executive Biz (blog) | 01/22/2019
A Frost & Sullivan report predicts that Department of Defense spending on unmanned aerial systems will climb at a 4.6 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five fiscal years,

Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune | 01/20/2019
A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires.

With air taxis and drones, Fort Worth-based Bell wants to fly into the future
Dallas Morning News | 01/20/2019
The futuristic aircraft that Bell is developing looks nothing like what made the Fort Worth-based helicopter maker famous. The nearly 83-year-old aerospace and defense company is designing an air taxi that'll give commuters a new way to travel across crowded cities. And it's testing sophisticated drones that could rush blood to a hospital, drop off water or supplies in areas hit by natural disasters, and deliver customers' purchases by air instead of truck.

Government Shutdown Postpones FAA UAS Symposium
Unmanned Aerial Online | 01/18/2019
The fourth annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 12-14 in Baltimore, has been postponed due to the government shutdown.

FAA Proposes New Drone Regs and a New Pilot Program: One More Step Towards Drone Integration
Drone Life | 01/15/2019
During the Jan. 14, 2019, annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced new proposed rules to allow drones to fly overnight and over people without waivers under certain conditions.

Drone program excites Memphis airport, but government shutdown slowing it down
Memphis Commercial Appeal | 01/14/2019
Memphis International Airport officials are eager for a burgeoning drone program to fly higher in 2019, but the federal government must end its shutdown first.

Nevada chosen as drone test site for pilot program
Las Vegas Review-Journal | 01/14/2019
The Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation has selected Nevada as one of three test sites to participate in a pilot program that will integrate drones into the national airspace system. Nevada's unmanned aircraft system traffic management pilot program will focus on advanced airspace and sensor technology that will help bring drones to urban environments.

Investors Chase UAS Market
Inside Unmanned Systems | 01/10/2019
The market for commercial drones is expanding faster than earlier predicted and is drawing record-breaking levels of investment from venture capitalists.

The next use for drone delivery? Organs, one Baltimore surgeon proposes.
The Baltimore Sun | 01/09/2019
A Maryland transplant surgeon is strying to jump to the head of a movement already underway to resolve the technical, regulatory and medical hurdles to using drones to shepherd medical supplies such as blood, medicines, and now body parts, anywhere around the country at any time.

UAS could improve management of complex forest environments
UAS Magazine | 01/09/2019
Unmanned aircraft systems offer the potential to provide timely and accurate reference data in forests and other complex environments for research and management applications, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire.

Integration Pilot Program: A Changing Focus
Inside Unmanned Systems | 01/08/2019
The Florida Integration Pilot Program team, led by the Lee County Mosquito Control District, has shifted away from initial plans to test spraying using the large Teros drone to primarily focus on using drones for surveillance and sterile mosquito release.

State Farm Obtains First National Drone BVLOS Waiver
Aviation International News Online | 01/08/2019
State Farm Insurance has been granted a waiver to conduct operations over people and beyond the pilot's visual line of sight, an approval that builds on previous limited-duration waivers.

How Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives in Rwanda
Fortune | 01/07/2019
Silicone Valley-based drone startup Zipline is helping save the lives of people living in remore areas of Africa by delivering thousands of units of blood to these hard-to-reach areas.

San Diego bomb squad to begin using drones
The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service) | 01/07/2019
The next time the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's bomb squad responds to a call, it could have new gadgets at its disposal: drones. The department received two new Aeryon SkyRanger drones in mid-December, and bomb squad members have been using them in simulations recently.

Chattanooga companies use 'flying robots' to make jobs safer, easier
Chattanooga Times Free Press | 01/06/2019
Wingfield Scale and Measure and Skytec, are providing clients with services that weren't even possible just a few years ago. Wingfield, a third-generation family business based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that has been providing scale rentals since 1937, saw the benefit of working with Skytec a little over a year ago.

Partnership aims to help New Mexico tribe monitor its land
Columbus Ledger Inquirer | 01/06/2019
A Native American community in northern New Mexico will soon get help from solar-powered drones to monitor its vast land holdings from above thanks to a partnership with Santa Fe-based Wildflower international.

Drone firm glides into new space
grbj.com | 01/04/2019
While Battle Creek, Mich., is mapping out a strategy to draw manufacturers of large military drones, one of the smaller players in West Michigan's drone space, Macatawa Unmanned Systems LLC, is outlining the finer details and drawing on both military and civilian expertise.

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