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June 13, 2018  

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UAS in the News
UAS Summer Study Away Program Supports Wildfire Recovery Efforts in Oklahoma
Embry-Riddle Professors Dan Macchiarella and John Robbins led a group of nine Daytona Beach students on a UAS Disaster Study Away trip in May to support Oklahoma Emergency Management and Dept. of Wildlife Conservation efforts to survey the aftermath...

SCEDO wants Salina to host 2019 UAS conference
A local organization wants Salina to host a conference in 2019 promoting unmanned aircraft systems. The UAS Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas, which strives to accelerate the growth of the UAS industry in those states, hosts a UAS Tech Forum...

Kansas UAS Joint Task Force Begins Work on FAA Pilot Program
Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) joined representatives of the Salina Community Economic Development Organization and Kansas State Polytechnic at a Wichita meeting of the Kansas Unmanned Aircraft Systems Joint Task Force Friday. The meeting was the first...

Expanding rural infrastructure for drones
Drones can provide significant benefits for residents and business in rural areas: delivering medical supplies, collecting data on the status of crops, aiding in search and rescue efforts. Unfortunately, these areas also tend also have very little...
Technology Spotlight
UAV recovery from a moving platform (UAS)
Air Force Academy(NAWCAD)
Launching the UAV from a deck-mounted catapult is a relatively straightforward mechanical process. Retrieving one is not. Capturing a UAV at the end of a flight requires an operator to use a radio transmitter to send flight control commands to the UAV to fly it into a recovery device, such as a recovery net, or arresting cable device. Even with the aid of guidance methods, such as Global Position System (GPS) or Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor-based navigation, skilled UAV operators require extensive training and experience to safely recover these expensive drones. The Air Force has developed a method for drone recovery from a moving platform. In this system, a UAV is guided with GPS to within approximately 100 m of the ship or vehicle. Meanwhile, the UAV's onboard video camera captures images which are sent to the surface control station.

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Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
Our intent is to create an opportunity where those interested in exploring the UAS field for investment purposes can meet like-minded investors, share insights and experiences and meet possible co-investors.

Join us on July 18, 2018 for a presentation by John Ferguson of Saxon Remote Systems, McPherson, KS.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

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UAS Tech Forum 2018
09/12/2018 - 09/13/2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
The UAS Tech Forum is a convergence of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, tech transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers in the UAS industry. The event features tech presentations, valuable networking with attendees and exhibitors, potential investment opportunities, thought-provoking panel discussions and relevant keynote speakers.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
09/29/2018 - 09/30/2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 2017. 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
Energy Drone Coalition
06/19/2018 - 06/21/2018
Houston, TX
The Energy Drone Summit is a forum dedicated to launching, growing and scaling enterprise UAV/Robotics operations in energy companies worldwide by bringing together the major rapidly growing segments within the UAV/AUV/Robotics ecosystem, with the...

06/25/2018 - 06/29/2018
Atlanta, GA
DEMAND for UNMANNED® brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and regulators from academia, government, and...

U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030
College Station, TX

UAS Summit & Expo
08/20/2018 - 08/22/2018
Grand Forks, ND
During the course of three days, attendees of the UAS Summit & Expo will hear from 100+ industry experts about insight on commercial UAV manufacturing and distribution, UAS technology offerings, regulatory updates, business case models, commercial...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas
10/01/2018 - 10/03/2018
Las Veags, NV
Join more than 3,000 professionals at the leading commercial drone conference and expo October 1-3. With top-notch education and an unparalleled exhibit floor filled with the highest precision UAS technology, Commercial UAV Expo is the best choice...
Congressional report says that FAA's commercial drone rules are too strict and prevent our society to benefit from UAS
DroneDJ | 06/12/2018
According to the report, mandated by Congress, the FAA's rules for commercial drone operations are too strict, preventing the society to benefit from the life-saving potential unmanned aerial systems (UAS) offer. Instead of adhering to a near-zero risk tolerance, the agency should balance the risks associated with drones with their potential advantages. The report urges the FAA to compare the risk posed by small drones to other risks the public is willing to accept such as driving a car, crossing a street or swimming in the ocean.

Partners Set out to Prove BVLOS Drone Operations in Canada
This week, IN-FLIGHT Data, a commercial drone operator in Canada, is working with senseFly to embark on a project involving flying drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator.

Drones are helping researchers figure out what viruses live in whales. Some are similar to ones in humans
STAT | 06/11/2018
Using drones to capture the mist from humpback whale blowholes, a team of Australian researchers has found viruses related to human pathogens like ones that cause the common cold.

Finnish Government Tests Successful Drone UTM

A recent test at a Finland airport showed the continuing effectiveness of unmanned traffic management solutions.

Senate Bill Could Grant Homeland Security Power to Seize and Destroy Your Personal Drone
The Drive | 06/11/2018
There's a new Senate bill in town which would grant the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) greater power to seize, destroy, research, and surveil unmanned aerial vehicles in U.S. airspace. According to Gizmodo, DHS deputy general counsel Hayley Chang testified in Congress last week that the department is being hampered by current regulations due to outdated laws that don't encompass the modern advent of increased drone use in the country. 

Drone pilots don't have their own air traffic controllers – GE wants to change that
CNN Money | 06/07/2018
GE formally launched a company on Thursday that plans to reinvent air traffic management for unmanned aircraft.
The venture, called AiRXOS, was created by GE about a year and a half ago and had been in stealth mode until now.

America Is Not Ready for the Drone Threat
The National Interest | 06/05/2018
Drones are exploding in popularity, but if certain nefarious individuals have their way drones may soon be actually exploding. There is a real potential for enemies to use drones to harm Americans and damage our nation's critical infrastructure. Unfortunately, efforts to counter such threats are currently hamstrung by a series of federal laws that make it difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement agencies to effectively interdict or engage a drone.

Ag Aviation Group Issues Caution for UAV Operators This Growing Season
Unmanned Aerial Online | 06/01/2018
The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) has issued a notice asking unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators to do everything they can to avoid ag aircraft doing important, low-level work this growing season.

IPP: FAA Grants Botlink North Dakota UAS Partnership
Drone Life | 06/01/2018
The FAA's recently announced UAS Integration Pilot Program is empowering a variety of smaller companies and start-ups to grow their drone businesses. For example, Fargo-based, drone-software firm Botlink is flying high after being granted a state-government partnership

Aerial Photography Has Changed the World. Drones Are Just the Latest Example
TIME | 05/30/2018

Drones are often celebrated for their ability to capture a new vantage point on the world, revealing the beauty of our planet from high above. But they are only the latest development in a long history of aerial photography. For hundreds of years, airborne cameras have made awe-inspiring images of our planet, revealed the devastating scale of natural disasters, and tipped the scales in combat. And in some surprising ways, the history of aerial photography dovetails with the last century of human history more broadly.

Amazon patent covers how to signal a delivery drone (and how it signals back)
GeekWire | 05/29/2018
For an earlier generation, one of the sweetest sounds of summer was the music coming from an ice-cream truck. For the next generation, will it be the tune of a delivery drone?
That's just one of the possibilities covered in a patent issued to Amazon today: It addresses methods by which a drone could signal its approach, as well as techniques for signaling back.

Law enforcement agencies turning to drones
Associated Press | 05/28/2018
No longer a novelty, drones are becoming an everyday tool for more police and fire departments, new research has found. The number of public safety agencies with drones has more than doubled since the end of 2016, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College.

UAF scientists look into air quality issues
Daily News Miner | 05/26/2018
Fairbanks has the worst year-round air quality out of 187 U.S. cities, according to a 2018 report from the American Lung Association. Now a pair of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is teaming up with a group of international researchers to figure out the causes behind air quality problems in northern cities across the world. 

Warner, Moran introduce aeronautics bill to spur U.S. innovation
Augusta Free Press | 05/26/2018
Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), Co-Chairs of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, introduced the Aeronautics Innovation Act to help boost innovation, research and development in the aeronautics industry. The bill would provide a five-year funding commitment to advance innovation and supplement research in the field.

Can the FAA ensure drone safety without better data? | 05/25/2018
With the number of recreational and commercial drones increasing, the risk associated with the unsafe operation of unmanned systems is also growing. But by how much? The Federal Aviation Administration isn't sure.

Memphis airport's drone-testing program tells growing industry 'this is the place to be'
Commercial Appeal | 05/25/2018
Memphis International Airport's recent selection for a national drone-testing program turns a perceived negative — a downsized former passenger hub — into a positive: an ideal proving ground for drone inspections and delivery, officials say.

Drone Company Zipline Assists Rwandan Hospitals With Aerial Blood Deliveries
The Drive | 05/24/2018
Drone copmany Zipline has orchestrated over 5,000 successful drone missions into Rwanda, resulting in 7,000 units of lifesaving blood being aerially delivered to Rwandan hospitals in need of plasma and platelets. 

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