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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
June 21, 2017  

Throwback Thursday
So much news to share this week, so I will cut to the chase...

Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with over 700 startups, spin outs, and researchers as they commercialize emerging technologies. When one of those companies hits a home run we are always eager to share the news. Former WBT Pitch Presenter GroundMetrics, and Halliburton announced an agreement to provide full field reservoir characterization and monitoring services to the oil & gas industry.

Check out our featured articles for the full story.

Tech Forum Keynote Alert
Did you know that Kansas State University is one of twenty-three universities that comprise The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)? ASSURE brings together the world's leading research institutions and more than a hundred leading industry/government partners that combined oversee three FAA UAS test sites, lead four FAA research centers, have seven airfields and a 340 UAS fleet.

Director of ASSURE, Mr. Marty W. Rogers will keynote at the upcoming UAS Tech Forum, August 30-31, 2917 where he will share the latest on when, where and how you will be able to fly your unmanned systems in National Airspace.

Save yourself $50 and register before July 21st.

Free Webinar: ABCs of Developing a Quick Pitch to Attract Investment Capital & Licensing Partners
Brought to you by the UASCI, you're invited to join us for a free webinar on June 28. During this webinar, you will learn valuable "how to" tips such as what information to include in a Quick Pitch, what red flags to avoid and how to get your audience hooked. Plus, much more!

Did you make it to the end? Hope you enjoy this week's roundup of the latest and greatest in UAS news.
UAS in the News
Into the storm: OSU researchers use drones for tornado prediction
Dr. Jamey Jacob, director of the Unmanned System Research Institute and professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and his team are working to improve tornado warning times through the use of the...

Kansas State Polytechnic UAS Student Spending Summer with NASA
A Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus student studying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will spend this summer interning at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Halliburton and GroundMetrics launch 3D formation evaluation service with innovative sensor technology
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) today announced an agreement with GroundMetrics, a San Diego company specializing in the development of electromagnetic sensor systems, to deliver full field reservoir characterization and monitoring services.

Alphabet's X Demonstrates Automated Drone Flight Management
Alphabet's moonshot factory, X, has announced the successful demonstration of its UAS Air Traffic Management (UTM) Platform in Virginia Tech last June 6.
Upcoming UASCI Events
ABCs of Developing a Quick Pitch to Attract Investment Capital & Licensing Partners
June 28, 2017
Webinar 12-1pm CST
For baseball pitchers to be successful, they must be prepared BEFORE they take the pitcher's mound. The same holds true in business, especially when trying to pitch a new technology or product to a prospective investor or licensee.

During this webinar, you will learn valuable "how to" tips such as what information to include in a Quick Pitch, what red flags to avoid and how to get your audience hooked. Plus, much more!

So step up to the "mound" with confidence and make the right pitch, so you too can hit one out of the park!

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.

POSTPONED - Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
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. 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
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...
Congress Introduces Bipartisan Drone Innovation Act
Flying Magazine | 06/20/2017
Republican Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) led the legislation for the Drone Innovation Act, which looks to define operations of civil UAS under 200 feet and within state, local, or tribal jurisdictions.

New NASA Tech Tells Drones When They're Broken—and Helps Them Land
WIRED | 06/20/2017
If the world is ever going to enjoy the upsides of a sky filled with drones, the unmanned aircraft must be able to behave at least as well as human pilots. They must know how to react to other aircraft coming right for them, how to manage sudden weather changes, and what to do when their vehicle goes haywire. That's why researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia have developed a system that can help with one slice of drone troubleshooting: enabling small UAVs to determine on their own when they're not working properly, and then find a safe place to land.

Flying a little higher: Drone use in ag grows
WDAZ-TV (Grand Forks, ND) | 06/19/2017
After years of hype, speculation and uncertainty, farmers, agronomists and others in ag are making more and better use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs.

Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls
Tech Crunch | 06/19/2017
A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna and a little interpolation, to literally see through solid walls.

Teal Group Predicts Worldwide Civil Drone Production Will Soar $73.5 Billion Over the Next Decade
Robotics Tomorrow | 06/19/2017
Teal Group's 2017 World Civil UAS Market Profile and Forecast forecasts that non-military UAS production will total $73.5 billion in the next decade, soaring from $2.8 billion worldwide in 2017 to $11.8 billion in 2026, a 15.5 % compound annual growth rate in constant dollars.

Springfield Airport tapped to test new drone technology
Springfield (OH) News Sun | 06/18/2017
The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Ohio now has new mobile radar equipment to research unmanned aircraft as part of $5 million state and federal grants.
The equipment and grant will be used to test beyond line of sight operation.

What 5 New Drones Tell Us About the Future of Unmanned Flying
Popular Mechanics | 06/18/2017
The Paris Air Show has become a debutante ball for unmanned aircraft, and what aviation firms are trying to sell here (and how they sell them) can say a lot about the state of the industry. In this article, the author takes a look at five UAV trends to know this year.

Unintended Consequences' of Drone Regulation Bill
Unmanned Aerial Online | 06/16/2017
In response to a recently introduced bill that seeks to empower state and local authorities to regulate unmanned aircraft systems, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and 13 other organizations have sent a letter to members of Congress to urge them to consider the potential consequences to the drone industry if the legislation were to be enacted.

Embry-Riddle Receives $1 Million from Feds for Phase II of Intelligent Aerial Systems Project
Campus Technology | 06/14/2017

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida Wednesday received a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as part of the second phase of a project to build a specialized flight control system capable of navigating unmanned aerial vehicles in unknown environments.

North Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Industry Week | 06/14/2017
Michele Nash-Hoff, president of ElectroFab Sales, recently visited North Dakota and its Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks and questioned why the FAA selected North Dakota as a UAS test site. After hearing all of the reasons why, she determined that it was entirely appropriate to select the state as a designated testing site as opposed to her home city of San Diego, Calif.., and home county of San Diego County.

Could Drones Help Save People In Cardiac Arrest? | 06/13/2017
Drones could soon be dropping off packages at customers' doors. But researchers in Sweden have drones in mind for a different, potentially life-saving delivery: automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Is Genetically Modified Dragonfly The World's Smallest Drone? | 06/12/2017
Researchers at Draper and Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, have been genetically modifying dragonflies in an effort to control their movements. This dragonfly, known as dragonfyEye, wears a tiny backpack fitted with electronics, sensors and a solar cell, and may possibly be the world's smallest drone.

Will Air Traffic Control Privatization Accelerate Drone (UAS) Home Delivery Systems?
National Law Review | 06/11/2017
President Trump's intentions to privatize the nation's air traffic control system triggered multiple discussions of the need for privatization to accelerate the UAS industry. In particular, home delivery platforms.

Commercial drones are the fastest-growing part of the market
The Economist | 06/10/2017
To most people a drone is one of two very different kinds of pilotless aircraft: a toy or a weapon. It is either a small, insect-like device that can sometimes be seen buzzing around in parks or on beaches, or a large military aircraft that deals death from the skies, allowing operators in Nevada to fire missiles at terrorist suspects in Syria. The first category, recreational drones aimed at consumers, are the more numerous by far; around 2m were sold around the world last year. The second category, military drones, account for the vast majority (nearly 90%) of worldwide spending on drones. But after a pivotal year for the civilian drone industry, an interesting space is now opening up in the middle as drones start to be put to a range of commercial use.

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