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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
April 30, 2018  

Visit with UASCI at Xponential this Week
For those of you attending AUVSI's Xponential this week, stop by the Kansas State and Oklahoma State booths in the exhibit hall to visit with UASCI's Outreach Coordinator, Harve Allen and learn more about the cluster initiative.
UAS in the News
Will Changes to Section 336 Impact the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry?
To say that the Commercial Drone Alliance's call for Congress to repeal Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 has been controversial is a bit of an understatement. Insight and analysis of their stance has come in from every...

Osage Nation opening innovation center at airport near its north Tulsa casino
It's hard to say what the Osage Nation's Skyway36 airpark north of downtown will look like 10 years from now. And that's the point. As Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn likes to say, it's a blank canvas. But this much is certain — the...
Technology Spotlight
Capturing drones in-flight
Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate
UASs, (unmanned aerial systems, or drones) for ground, sea, and air applications present an unprecedented opportunity as delivery platforms for improvised threats including explosive, chemical, radiological, biological, and electronic warfare devices. Further, we have seen recent incidents of drones flying in restricted airspace, disrupting commercial air traffic, and accounts of these devices covertly spying on civilians. While a knee-jerk reaction to these illegal uses may be to "knock them out of the sky" such action can be very dangerous. In some cases, destroying vehicles carrying weapon payloads may aid in the dispersal of the dangerous payload over a populated area. Regardless of payload, shooting down a drone creates the potential for collateral ground damage. The Air Force has extensive experience with UASs both in their utilization and in disabling those operated by the enemy. From that expertise comes this novel technology to capture drones in use (while flying, driving along the ground, or operating at sea).

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621

How Entrepreneurs Can Find and Act on Business Opportunity
Upcoming UASCI Events
How to Build a Successful Presentation to Pitch Your New Technologies
May 9, 2018
Insights from industry experts on what goes into developing and making a quality pitch presentation to help develop future presentations to investors, serial entrepreneurs or licensees. Complimentary to UAS Cluster members.

May 17, 2018
Tulsa, OK
Hosted by Tulsa Community College Continuing Education and Workforce Development
You are invited to our lunch and learn discussions with panelists from both the drone industry and higher education. The latest drone activity in the business, workforce, and educational fields in the Tulsa area will be discussed.

UAS First Responder Symposium
June 1, 2018
Salina, KS
Join fellow first responders at this one day networking symposium. Plan to attend to discuss advancing UAS operations for first responders in Kansas and beyond.
Network and learn from first responder agencies at all levels of UAS operation
integration. Divisions just considering implementing UAS technology can learn from veterans already effectively using regularly utilizing UAS.

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018

UAS Tech Forum 2018
September 12 - 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.
Upcoming Industry Events
AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
Cyberhawk assisting with major U.S. construction project
UAS Magazine | 04/25/2018
Cyberhawk has been awarded a three-year contract by a major oil and gas company to provide digital asset management during the construction of a new world-scale petrochemical complex in the U.S.

Drones delivering blood in emergencies: The future of health care?
CBS News | 04/25/2018
Palo Alto, California, hopes to become the first U.S. city to use unmanned aircraft to deliver blood from a blood bank to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the city's proposal, along with about 150 others. The agency will approve 10 projects to move forward next month.

A drone helps in the prosecution of an illegal moose poacher
Drone DJ | 04/24/2018
In April 2017 a cow and calf moose were illegally shot near Alvena, Saskatchewan in Canada. To assist in the prosecution, Draganfly Innovations, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic were asked to create a 3D map of the conservation-related crime scene. With an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the work was started the same month. The team used a fixed-wing drone to create a detailed visual story that would help the prosecution of the illegal moose poacher.

The U.S. is building a massive, $110 million drone base in the Sahara
Drone DJ | 04/24/2018
Right outside of Agadez, Niger, in the scrublands of the Sahara, the U.S. airforce is building a massive 2,200-acre drone base, costing $110 million and making it the largest troop largest troop labor construction project in U.S. history, according to the Associated Press. The base should be completed in the next couple of month but as you can imagine, building an airfield in the desert tends to be very complicated. The project already is over $22 million budget and delayed by one year. The new drone base will be used to target extremists deep into West and North Africa, regions that are currently hard to reach with drones.

DJI Releases Results of Data Security Study
Drone Life | 04/23/2018
DJI has released the summary of a report the drone manufacturer commissioned into its data security practices. The report, carried out by San Francisco-based Kivu Consulting, confirms that DJI users have control over how their data is collected, stored and transmitted.

In Support of NASA UTM, Partners Demo Remote ID Solution at UAS Test Site
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/20/2018
uAvionix Corp., a provider of communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) solutions for manned and unmanned aircraft, has successfully completed testing and a demonstration of its DroneAware remote identification solution for NASA's Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL3) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system.

Private wireless networks are quietly becoming a thing
Fierce Wireless | 04/25/2018
For years now, a number of wireless players have been promising that there is demand among enterprises and others for private wireless networks. The argument is that utilities, cities, manufacturing companies and others have specific applications that can't or shouldn't run over public wireless networks, and so they will need to build their own networks—and will spend money to do it.

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