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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  February 21, 2023

Spotlight: upcoming UAS Cluster Initiative Events and related activities

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing titled Advanced Air Mobility: The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Beyond.
On March 23, 2023 at 10:00 am ET

The purpose of the hearing is to examine the status and outlook for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) as well as serve as a legislative hearing for the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Act. The hearing will examine the impact of UAS and AAM research and development (R&D) and identify priority areas for next-generation R&D to ensure supply chain integrity and facilitate safe integration in the National Airspace System (NAS). The hearing will also exploreways to enhance domestic competitiveness and ensure United States leadership in UAS and AAM.

Notable are the Oklahoma influences with the Committee Chair Frank Lucas from Oklahoma presiding over this hearing which includes 2 of 4 witnesses from the state of Oklahoma.

    Presenting Witnesses:
  1. Dr. Jamey Jacob, Executive Director, Oklahoma Institute for Research and Education;Williams Chair in Energy and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma StateUniversity
  2. Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
  3. Ms. Lisa Ellman, Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
  4. Mr. Sean Casey, Chief Research and Development Engineer, AirWise Solutions; Adjunct Professor, System Safety and Reliability Analysis at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

The hearing will be broadcast live at this you tube url:

Lab to Business Showcase featuring OSU research
April 19th at 1pm CT

For serial entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs or existing businesses looking for your next UAS or AAM opportunity, UASCI has scheduled the next Lab to Business Showcase a program of curated technology opportunities Oklahoma State University.

This is a free online event which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at 1:00 pm CT.

    Opportunities to be presented are:
  1. A rover/wheel mechanism that enables a flying spherical vehicle to transform into a ground maneuverable vehicle, able to navigate on and over surfaces or even roll up stairs. Presented by inventor Dr Ben Loh.
  2. Coaxial motor-powered designs to focus on a simplification of prop design and weight reduction improvements that can relate to improvements in propulsion and flight control. Presented by inventor Dr Ben Loh.
  3. Victoria Natalie and Amanda Aker will discuss participating in technology development and transfer opportunities when using academic resources. They will also provide a description of the newly formed Oklahoma Aerospace Institute of Research and Education (OAIRE) and the influence it will have in the regional aerospace ecosystem.

Further details on this event will be sent out on an email later this week or may be found at the UASCI events listing
For questions or more information, please contact Jack James at ,

AUVSI Oklahoma Pavillion booth
May 9 – 11 AUVSI EXPONENTIAL Exhibit hall
Connect with UASCI at the Oklahoma Pavilion, booth 4405

If you are attending AUVSI EXPONENTIAL, this is an opportunity to schedule time to meet with Craig Mahaney or Emily Bell in person and connect with UAS Cluster Initiative activities
To schedule time, email them at , and ,

UAS Angel Network Startup Pitch Session
Thursday, June 8th, at 11:00a to 12:30p CDT

This session provides the opportunity for emerging aviation technology startups to connect with accredited investors. - If you are a UAS startup business that would like to pitch to the UAS Angel Network, you can apply under the ‘apply for funding' tab at:

Are you an accredited investor looking to invest in UAV startups, join the UAS Angel network
If you are an accredited investor and are interested in being a part of the UAS Angel Network, contact us under the ‘membership inquiry' tab at:

For information about participation in UAS Angel Network sessions, either as startup presentor or as investor, please contact Craig Mahaney at

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

Upcoming UASCI Events
Lab to Business Tech Session with OSU
April 19, 2023
Will feature research and technologies from Oklahoma State University

UASCI Private Industry Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
May 2023 - date TBD

Lab to Business Tech Session
July 2023 - DATE TBD

UASCI Private Industry Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
July 2023 - date TBD
Upcoming Industry Events
Aero Oklahoma
March 22, 2023
Oklahoma City, OK

AUVSI XPONENTIAL Annual Conference
May 7 - 11, 2023
Denver, CO

Paris Airshow
June 19 - 25, 2023
Paris, France

EAA Air Venture Oshkosh
July 24 - 30, 2023
Oschkosh, WI
Policy News
Full Committee Hearing - Advanced Air Mobility: The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Beyond
Science Space and Technology | 03/23/2023
This hearing will serve as a legislative hearing for The National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Act, a bill that would provide for a coordinated Federal initiative to accelerate civilian unmanned aircraft systems and advanced air mobility research...

Readout from the FAA Aviation Safety Summit Breakout Panels
Federal Aviation Administration | 03/15/2023
More than 200 safety leaders from across the aviation industry met in specific breakout sessions Wednesday afternoon to discuss ways to enhance flight safety as part of the FAA's Aviation Safety Summit in McLean, Virginia. 

First, in the Nation – Pearland PD expands DFR operations to include BVLOS without Visual Observers
sUAS News | 03/14/2023
Pearland Police Department has been awarded a certificate of authorization (COA) to operate its drone as first responder (DFR) program beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation, eliminating the need for human visual observers (VOs). This was...

Bill preempting local governments on delivery drone restrictions zips through first Senate stop
Florida Politics | 03/13/2023
Legislation that would ease construction of drone ports and limit local governmental oversight and restriction flew through the first of three Senate stops

Airhub – A reality check: The road ahead for the drone industry
sUAS News | 03/12/2023
With the entry into force of the U-space regulation last month, a big step has been taken in the rapidly developing drone industry. But is U-space the one-size-fits-all solution that this industry needs? For me, the short-term answer is "No." There...

AUVSI Applauds Passage of Industry-Backed Drone Legislation in Mississippi
Newswires | 03/08/2023
Today, the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) commended Mississippi legislators for passing and Governor Reeves for signing into law legislation to ensure the state is ready for the future of advanced aviation.
Research News
Phoenix is Honeywell's hub for urban air research
AXIOS Phoenix | 03/16/2023
In just a few years, you may be able to hop in an air taxi that'll take you 100 miles in under an hour, and the Valley is positioned to be at the forefront of this possible revolution in urban air travel.

Horizon Aircraft poll of financiers ranks air taxis fourth in expected early eVTOL operation
Drone DJ | 03/10/2023
Maker of both hybrid and entirely electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) airplanes, Horizon Aircraft has revealed research on what backers of new craft development expect in the early phases of operation, which ranks much-anticipated air taxi...

NASA Names University Teams to Take on Aeronautics Research Challenges
NASA | 03/10/2023
NASA has selected four teams of university faculty and students to solve key challenges facing the future of air travel as part of the agency's University Leadership Initiative.

Advanced Air Mobility Conference Takes Flight at UCF
UCF Today | 03/07/2023
The NSF-funded conference on Friday will explore how laws could lift or ground the use of autonomous, uncrewed aircraft to move people and goods.
Industry Headlines
Manna Drone Delivery Announces Strategic Investment by Coca-Cola HBC and first US Trial in Texas
sUAS News | 03/17/2023
Following successful trials in Galway and Dublin, Coca-Cola HBC, strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company, has announced a partnership and investment in Manna Drone Delivery.

UAVOS Used Borey Fixed-Wing Drone for Soil Moisture Mapping
sUAS News | 03/16/2023
UAVOS, a developer and manufacturer of security and commercial solutions based on advanced Unmanned Systems, has recently completed a drone-based inspection in the agriculture sector to measure water content in the soil.

Majority of manufacturers lack end-to-end supply chain planning solution - Rockwell Automation global survey
Zawya | 03/15/2023
Cybersecurity risks is the highest ranked obstacle addressed via smart manufacturing initiatives

Drones and telecom - observations from MWC23
Air Traffic Management | 03/14/2023
ATM Magazine had the opportunity to attend Mobile World Congress 2023 and the amount of discussion around this topic was more than could have been imagined before the event. The topic of drones and urban air mobility (UAM) is crossing many segments...

The Future of Drones for Search and Rescue: from the Floor of National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/14/2023
The sold out DRONERESPONDERS National Public Safety UAS Conference kicked off today in Williamsburg VA, with an international guest list and a packed schedule of training and presentations.

How customer experience will make or break advanced air mobility
McKinsey & Company | 03/07/2023
Flying can reduce travel times for urban and regional trips by over 50 percent, but customer "hassle factors" will ultimately determine whether people fly or drive.

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