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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
June 20, 2019  

DronePort Network Seminar - August 21, 2019
Discover how the UAS Cluster Initiative and DronePort Network are working with communities to create jobs and economic opportunity in the UAS industry by attending a special DronePort Network Seminar, a co-located event on Day 1 of the UAS Tech Forum, August 21 & 22, in Salina, Kansas.

In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

As a co-located event, registration for the DronePort Network Seminar is a separate $95 fee (includes lunch); however, you can save $50 by registering for both the seminar and UAS Tech Forum. Register today before this special offer ends!
UAS in the News
OSU's Unmanned Systems Research Institute addresses drone challenges
Dozens of drones-in-development occupy benches in the design laboratory at Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute. Drones with fixed wings that fly like an airplane. Drones with rotors that hover like a helicopter. Drones...

TORUS storm researchers head back home to analyze data
Meteorologists have finished a month-long field study tracking and gathering data from severe storms as part of the Targeted Observation by Radars and Unmanned Aerial Systems (TORUS) Project . They hope to learn more about how tornadoes form by...

AeroVironment Acquires VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace, LLC for $25.7 Million to Strengthen Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, announced it has acquired Pulse Aerospace, LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for $25.7 million in cash, including...
Technology Spotlight
Reusable breakaway mounting device
Naval Information Warfare Center - Pacific
This invention is a reusable breakaway mounting device that can be customized according to the amount of force required to break away the mounted device.

The mount can attach an item (sensors, camera, road signs) to a stationary or mobile platform (buildings, roads, cars, airplanes, boats, drones, unmanned water vehicle, etc).

Businesses or entrepreneurs can license the patent rights to the reusable breakaway mounting device for commercial development.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7705

US Navy grinding out flexible solar cells, wants business to take over
Upcoming UASCI Events
DronePort Network Seminar
Salina, KS
In the seminar, you will learn how droneports are becoming epicenters for UAS activities by serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight. These facilities are also providing housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more. 

The third annual Midwest Big Data Hub
Salina, KS
All-Hands Meeting will serve as the culmination for the National Science Foundation project dedicated to bringing academics and commercial operators together around the topic of big data for agriculture.

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
2019 Kansas Association of Airports Conference
Fort Scott. Kansas

Drone Expo East
June 27 - 30, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Drone Expo International has announced Drone Expo East, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the eastern United States.

Fly K-State Academy
July 22-25, 2019
Salina, KS
Registration is limited to 12 participants. Do you dream of flying? Are you an aspiring pilot? The Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team is your host as you start your pilot training at Fly K-State Academy. Complete four missions designed to push...

UAS Training for High School Teachers and Administrators
Salina, KS
Kansas State Polytechnic invites Kansas high school teachers and administrators to participate in an immersive, one-week program focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This program will cover all aspects of UAS for high school teachers and...

UAS Summit & Expo
Grand Forks, ND

AI Innovation Summit
San Francisco, CA
The AI Innovation Summit 2019 is coming to San Francisco, CA. Come learn, explore, and create with some of the world's most accomplished practitioners, thought leaders, and vendors. This unique program engages, inspires, and provides unique insights...

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...
FAA pushed to allow drone deliveries
The Hill | 06/19/2019
Mainstream implementation of drone delivery services is likely still years off, as industry leaders say the federal agency in charge of civil airspace is taking its time crafting regulations that will make it legal to fly drones for commercial purposes, including delivery. The FAA has, over the past year, allowed top companies to test drone delivery programs in urban and rural areas across the U.S. The agency is collecting information on how those programs play out in order to inform the rules for commercial drone use, which experts say could make drone delivery legal within the next two to five years.

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents
UAS Magazine | 06/19/2019
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is the only academic institution selected to be a contractor in an experiment designed to improve first responder communications and on-site information during a major disaster.

FAA's Elwell at the Uber Elevate Summit on Urban Air Mobility: "We Either Evolve or We Get Left Behind"
dronelife | 06/18/2019
Urban Air Mobility – the idea that public transportation systems in cities all over the world will move up, rather than out, to include air transportation such as passenger drones – has been a hot topic for city planners and technology companies.

World's First "Quantum Drone" for Impenetrable Air-to-Ground Data Links Takes Off
IEEE Spectrum | 06/18/2019
Chinese researchers are developing an airborne quantum communications network with drones as nodes

Teal Group Predicts Worldwide Civil Drone Production Will Almost Triple Over the Next Decade
Yahoo Finance | 06/17/2019
 According to Teal Group's 2019 World Civil UAS Market Profile and Forecast, Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade as commercial applications take off and civil governments adopt systems for new roles.

Uber plans to start delivering McDonald's hamburgers by drone this summer
The Washington Post | 06/15/2019
Uber recently announced plans to begin testing the first-ever commercial application of food delivery by drone in high-density urban areas, joining companies like Amazon and Google that are seeking to make unmanned commercial deliveries using the same technology.

Drones deployed to monitor Brazil forest growth | 06/14/2019
Measuring the height of Brazil's towering rainforests can be a tall order. But an international team of researchers say they are working together to turn unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, into efficient, low-cost data collectors that can monitor the progress of forest restoration.

Drink Droning Outlawed in Japan
dronelife | 06/13/2019
Japanese politicians have taken steps to enforce a more responsible culture among drone pilots with a blanket ban on droning under the influence of alcohol.

Robotic Skies Set to Guide the Future of UAS Maintenance
Commercial UAV News | 06/12/2019
This investment will help to expand the company's, and the world's only, global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified UAS maintenance centers.Robotic Skies, a service provider who supports manufacturers and operators of commercial UAS by keeping UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably around the world, has received an investment from Boeing.

The Hot New Gig Economy Job? This Entrepreneur Wants to Train You to Fly Drones
Hypepotamus | 06/12/2019
Last year, Bronwyn Morgan began working on the other side of the drone equation: building up the pipeline of talent to feed this expanding industry. She established Airversity Drone Pilot Academy, a training school which covers the necessary prep for the FAA certification test as well as actual drone flight training.

What strengthens North Dakota's prospects in unmanned drone testing
Freight Waves | 06/12/2019
Building up a new UAS ecosystem from scratch requires the government to establish regulations, especially since UAS will have to coordinate movements with existing conventional aircraft. Several state governments across the U.S. are taking the initiative in this regard, but none have been as proactive as North Dakota, which has steadily laid claim to being one of the primary launching spots for drone technology.

Amazon drone delivery is still ‘a couple years out,' drone CEO says
Yahoo Finance | 06/11/2019
The sky seemed to be the limit for Amazon when its executive Jeff Wilke said he expects to start "delivering packages via drone to customers within months." But one logistics CEO says not so fast.

Giant cargo drones will deliver packages farther and faster
The Verge | 06/10/2019
A new generation of plane-sized autonomous delivery vehicles is capable of carrying hundreds of pounds for hundreds of miles. They're called cargo drones. They are fast, more environmentally friendly, and could completely change the cargo industry.

Uber will test unmanned aircraft at Fort Worth Alliance Airport's new technology zone
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | 06/10/2019
Uber and other companies have a new place to test their driverless — and pilotless — technology in Fort Worth. The well-known ride-sharing company — which aims to develop an Uber Elevate air taxi system at DFW Airport and Frisco by 2023 — is among the key players in a new mobility innovation zone at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport.

Volcano Watch: New eyes in the sky for monitoring Hawaiian volcanoes
Hawaii Tribune Herald | 06/09/2019
The 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano presented an opportunity for Hawaii Volcano Observatory, part of the U.S. Geological Survey, to adopt a new airborne technology — unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) — to better monitor the eruption than with manned flight alone.

Amazon Drone Deliveries Are Almost Here
Motley Fool | 06/06/2019
E-commerce giant Amazon unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle on the same day it received FAA approval for drone deliveries. Here's what it could mean.

Boeing invests in Robotic Skies to provide commercial UAS services
Aerospace Technology | 06/06/2019
American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has invested in Robotic Skies, a start-up that provides maintenance, inspection and alteration services to global manufacturers and operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems.
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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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