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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
July 2, 2020  

UAS in the News
OSU, drone contractor launch internship program
Navatek, an aerospace and defense contractor that performs research and development services for the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies, awarded a $25,000 research grant to support up to 12 Oklahoma State University student...

Solar powered, unmanned aircraft will be developed in Oklahoma
Skydweller Aero Inc. announced Tuesday it will move its international headquarters to Oklahoma City and base its manufacturing plant and testing facility in Ardmore. The company purchased the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after it made a round-the-world...

This New Drone Training Program Could Re-Tool Your Career
Aquiline Drones, the first black US-based drone and cloud technology company, offers a new drone training program, Flight to the Future, which they hope will help Americans who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.

UAS flight and operations degree option at K-State Polytechnic now led by Kurt Carraway
Kurt Carraway has been named department head of the unmanned aircraft systems flight and operations program at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
Technology Spotlight
Enhanced, durable photovoltaic cells absorb and trap more light
Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division

Navy researchers invented an evolutionary new technology for increasing the efficiency and durability of solar cells. New portable power could include extending the range of electric powered drones or power for distributed sensors (security cameras), etc.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Matthieu DuMont, PhD
Phone: 406-994-7733

Weekly tech roundup featuring six drone technologies
Upcoming UASCI Events
2020 UAS Tech Forum
September 16-17, 2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry.

Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL (Virtual)
October 5, 2020
Dallas, TX
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

Co-located virtual event
Upcoming Industry Events
World UAV Federation - NEW DATES!
August 20-22, 2020
Shenzhen, China
WORLD UAV FEDERATION was established in June 2017 by Mr. Jincai Yang (Chairman); its unveiling ceremony was held on October 31, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Up to the current, the chapters include: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Australia...

Counter UAS Summit - NEW DATES!
August 31 - September 2, 2020
Washington D.C.
IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas - VIRTUAL EVENT
September 15-17, 2020
Virtual Event
Following a record-breaking event in 2019, with more than 200 exhibitors and 3,100 drone professionals from 54 countries, North America's leading trade show and conference focused on commercial drone integration and operation will take place...

October 5-8, 2020
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned — from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more..

UAS Summit & Expo - NEW DATES!
October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020
Grand Forks, ND
The UAS Summit & Expo started as a small gathering of regional stakeholders. Now, 14 years later, the event in the Northern Plains of North Dakota has become a yearly major event for UAS experts from around the world. It's the original epicenter of...

The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...

InterDrone - NEW DATES!
December 15-17, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
ANSI publishes version 2.0 of UAS standardization roadmap
WINGS Magazine | 06/30/2020
The American National Standards Institute announced this week the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0). The roadmap was developed by the Institute's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization...

An autonomous daredevil pushes the limits of flight
ZD Net | 06/29/2020
The University of Zurich and Intel have developed a quadcopter that can perform incredible aerial acrobatics autonomously.

DJI Drone Rescue Map Tracks Life-saving Success Stories
Drone Life | 06/29/2020
Drone giant DJI this week launched a new mapping solution to optimize rescue drones. Drone Rescue Map is an online reference that globally tracks events involving life-saving drones.

More than a million delivery drones expected in the skies by 2026
Cities Today | 06/29/2020
By 2026, more than a million drones could be carrying out retail deliveries, up from 20,000 today, according to new analysis from Gartner.

Samsung will use drones to ensure the quality of the 5G network
Tech Lapse | 06/29/2020
Samsung announced recently that it will use drones to ensure the quality and smooth operation of the 5G network antennas.

What the UAS Industry Can Learn from COVID–19
Droneblog | 06/29/2020
The unmanned industry, like nearly every sector, suffered from the economic and operational effects of the social distancing and a global shutdown from the pandemic. But like in many innovative industries, some UAS companies quickly adapted to the...

Air Force doesn't have enough drone pilots or sensor operators, GAO says
Air Force Times | 06/27/2020
The Air Force is facing an alarming shortage of pilots and sensor operators needed to fly its remotely piloted aircraft, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report .

Keeping Drones Out of the Wild
Sierra Magazine | 06/27/2020
Park officials grapple with unmanned aircraft in natural areas, admit recreational drone operators who violate rules are difficult to catch.

FAA awards contract for unmanned drone traffic system tests
Aerospace Testing International | 06/26/2020
The FAA has awarded a contract to develop and test a system for managing unmanned drone traffic at the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to ANRA Technologies, IT-infrastructure provider Switch.

College of Aeronautics and Engineering purchasing new air traffic control simulator
Kent Wired | 06/25/2020
The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State is procuring a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator for fall 2020 from UFA Inc., a world-leading provider of cloud-based, advanced ATC simulation.

US police using Chinese drones are ‘at risk' of data breach, DHS warns
New York Post | 06/25/2020
The Department of Homeland Security is warning US police that surveillance drones made by Chinese company DJI are "at risk" of having their data intercepted, The New York Post has learned.

2 distressed canoers located by police drone, pulled from river in Bridgewater
WHDH-TV | 06/24/2020
Emergency crews were able to rescue two distressed canoers from Town River in Bridgewater, Mass., on Saturday with the aid of a drone, officials said.

A Snapshot of Drone Education Programs in the United States | 06/24/2020
To estimate the impact that collegiate training initiatives will have on the nation's UAS educational community, this government-funded study researched and mapped educational institutions that currently offer certificate and degree programs in UAS,...

Integrating Drones into the New Normal
Commercial UAV News | 06/24/2020
As the world navigates a host of unprecedented challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, we must look to new and innovative technologies for solutions. Drones must be part of the new normal post-pandemic.

AirMap's technology to power skyguide's U-space application
DroneDJ | 06/23/2020
AirMap has partnered with the Swiss ANSP to provide drone pilots with official aeronautical information via skyguide's new geo-awareness applications. The partnership will allow for skyguide users to access up-to-date airspace and active airspace...

Capturing all nature has to offer — from 400 feet in the sky | 06/23/2020
Some enjoy photography as a hobby, while some strive to make a living out of it. For Randy Van de Loo, of Twilight Imagery in Kenyon and Gold Canyon, Arizona in the winter, being able to share his photos with others is what he enjoys.

FAA selects MSU's Raspet Flight Research Lab to lead UAS safety efforts
Mississippi State Newsroom | 06/23/2020
Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory was recently designated as the FAA's UAS Safety Research Facility, placing the research center as the helm of studying and developing safety and certification standards as UAS become...

Agtegra using UAVs to enhance ag technology
Aberdeen News | 06/22/2020
Farmer-owned grain and agronomy cooperative Agtegra recently improved its ag technology capabilities with a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system.

The Arctic Eats Helicopters, So Russia Is Sending Drones Instead
Forbes | 06/21/2020
Russian defense firm Rostec is partnering with a small Latvian startup to make tiltrotor drones for dangerous Arctic operations.

How Drones Help Simplify Wind Turbine Site Development
North American Windpower | 06/19/2020
One solution for reducing time and costs associated with visually inspecting individual wind turbine sites prior to development is to use an unmanned aerial vehicle when conducting the in-person field review.

Utilities Weather Storms with Geospatial Data Technology
State Aviation Journal | 06/18/2020
As utilities respond to customers' expectation of network uptime, in the face of worsening natural disasters, they're investing in their power grids. By deploying remote sensors on drones, utilities are accelerating, automating, and amplifying their...
Oklahoma Business Relief Program
Developed to help local businesses across the state overcome the economic challenges of COVID-19, the Oklahoma Business Relief Program offers vital funding for qualifying businesses that have suffered revenue loss due to the pandemic. Starting June...
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

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