2023 UAS Cluster Highlights
Happy New Year! This past year was filled with remarkable developments, groundbreaking partnerships, and transformative achievements that have set the stage for an even more exciting and dynamic year ahead. So as we step into 2024, the UAS Cluster Initiative looks back at 2023 to recognize a few of the key events in the thriving innovation ecosystem of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and aerospace technology in Oklahoma.
In 2023, UASCI started the monthly Rethink Vertical Podcast
series in which host Craig Mahaney interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers to bring you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff.
UASCI also completed 3 Lab to Business Showcase
events in 2023, featuring technologies available for commercialization from research labs at Oklahoma State University, University of New Mexico, NASA, and the Department of Defense. The videos of these presentations may be viewed at https://www.uascluster.com/pages/webinars.html
The UAS Angel Network
conducted numerous pitch sessions for startups and small businesses including sessions at the TRAM Summitt and at the UAS Summiit and Expo. Find out more about UAS Angel Network at https://www.uasangelnet.com/
Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry
: The UASCI published a research report on the workforce development landscape in the state's burgeoning aerospace industry. The report sheds light on the key challenges and prospects within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in Oklahoma, emphasizing the necessity to bridge workforce gaps.
You can download and read this report at this link. Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry
Other selected news from the UAS cluster in 2023
Tulsa Designated as "Tech Hub" for Autonomous Technologies
. The Tulsa Hub for Equitable & Trustworthy Autonomy (THETA) will advance the development of autonomous technologies which include uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), drones, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and other related fields.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) have announced a partnership for advancing the development of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem.
OSU cuts ribbon for LaunchPad Center for Advanced Air Mobility with Tulsa Innovation Labs and Osage Nation
The LaunchPad Center will house dedicated resources to promote the development of new technologies in advanced air mobility, including staff to solicit projects from industry, engineers and researchers to build new products, and supporting services to help commercialize technologies and grow new companies.
Rethink Vertical Podcast with Jennifer ‘"JJ" Snow, Allied Ventures, Venture Partner .
Sponsored by Vigilant Aerospace Systems
In the latest episode of the Rethink Vertical Podcast
, Craig Mahaney, the Executive Director of the UAS Cluster Initiative, talks with Jennifer "JJ" Snow is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer and current Venture Partner for Allied Ventures. Jennifer has served as the Chief Technology Officer for AFWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Air Force; and the Chief Innovation Officer for SOFWERX and the Donovan Group at Special Operations Command.
In this podcast they discuss a wide range of topics, from the importance of networking for startup founders to how to pitch hardware focused technologies..
Find about this and more on the latest Rethink Vertical Podcast
Find out more about Allied Partners at https://www.allied.partners
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