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November 21, 2019  

UAS in the News
KDOT makes historic drone flight near Salina
The Salina Regional Airport recently played host to a historic moment in aviation when the Kansas DOT's Division of Aviation celebrated its first UAS flight without visual observers and using only onboard detect-and-avoid systems.

FlightSafety International Selected by Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs to Provide Unmanned Systems Training
The Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs will begin eLearning Part 107 Test Preparation and eLearning Essentials Library in a UAS training partnership with FlightSafety International.

Drone company Iris Automation makes first-of-its-kind FAA-approved ‘blind' drone flight
Iris Automation successfully completed the first FAA-approved drone flight in Kansas taking place "beyond the visual line of sight" and using only onboard detect-and-avoid systems.
Technology Spotlight
Drone biosensor system for detecting biological hazards
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Corona Division

Navy scientists have recently invented a drone-biosensor system capable of detecting the presence of hazardous agents without putting a person in danger of contamination or exposure.

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

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721


This US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps
Upcoming Industry Events
CES
January 7-10, 2020
Las Vegas, NV
Explore the next wave of advancements in and applications of drone technology that are going to revolutionize the way we capture, monitor and assist our world.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
Washington, D.C.
International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 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...

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020
May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
Headlines
DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group to Support Urban Public Safety UAS Operations
AUVSI News | 11/19/2019
DRONERESPONDERS – the world's fastest growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS – announced the formation of the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group designed to unite and assist public safety agencies operating unmanned aircraft systems in urban and large metropolitan areas.

Bringing order to chaos: Air traffic control regulators rush to catch up to rise of drones
The Washington Times | 11/17/2019
Aerospace engineers are rushing to develop a nationwide air traffic control system for drones to bring order to the chaotic skies above the nation's airports and military installations.

GAO Recommends FAA Improve UAS Oversight
Aviation International News Online | 11/13/2019
The FAA's compliance and enforcement approach for drones could benefit from improved communication and data, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Drones: Helping NOAA from Hurricanes to Red Tide
WeatherNation | 11/12/2019
Collecting data is a critical part of doing research. Enter NOAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems program, which provides funding for research aimed at incorporating unmanned drones throughout NOAA's research efforts. Here are four ways NOAA scientists are using drones in their research.

Ag Policy Blog: 'Senators Introduce Drone Bill'
DTN The Progressive Farmer | 11/11/2019
Senators Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Thune, R-S.D., and Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, introduced bipartisan legislation last week to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration's chief drone policy committee includes representation for agriculture, forestry and rural America.

At event at UND, drone industry leaders encourage public to fly safely
Grand Forks Herald | 11/09/2019
While a drone may be an exciting holiday gift for pilots and photographers, Nicholas Flom, executive director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, is encouraging people to register their drones and follow all the rules of flight.

Will Drone Swarms Render the Submarine Obsolete?
The National Interest | 11/09/2019
Swarms of cheap drones both above and below the water (unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs) may pose the biggest and most proximate threat to submarines.

FAA approves beyond line-of-sight testing on part of drone corridor between Rome and Syracuse
The Central New York Business Journal | 11/08/2019
The New York unmanned-aircraft system test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome now has the authority to fly drones beyond the visual line of sight.

Airbus is developing a camouflage drone that will be undetectable on radar
Business Insider Nordic | 11/07/2019
Airbus' defence division it is developing LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed), a drone that will practically be undetectable.

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