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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
October 27, 2020  

UAS in the News
Inspection drones buzz this airport (and the FAA is cool with it)
Since September 2018, FedEx has been inspecting its aircraft at a busy international airport using drones that normally wouldn't be allowed anywhere near the facility.

Drone Experts Name SkySkopes #1 U.S. Drone Service Provider
One of the world's top drone-market analysts named North Dakota's SkySkopes as the #1 drone service provider in the U.S., as well as one of the best globally.
Upcoming Industry Events
The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...

InterDrone - NEW DATES
December 15-17, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Chattanooga company using innovative technology to help farms
WRCB-TV | 10/26/2020
A Chattanooga-based company is using satellite technology to help farmers in the Sequatchie Valley.

UW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course
University of Wyoming News | 10/26/2020
To meet the growing demand for drone use in business, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees this past summer approved the launch of geospatial information science and technology programs. New programs, which began this fall, are offered in the...

Reno Partnership Aims to Equip Fire Department with Drones to Conduct Life-Saving River Search and Rescue Operations
sUAS News | 10/24/2020
Under the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program earlier this week, Iris Automation conducted a live drone flight demonstration for the City of Reno Fire Department of its Casia onboard Detect-and-Avoid collision avoidance system,...

Deep Science: Alzheimer's screening, forest-mapping drones, machine learning in space, more
TechCrunch | 10/23/2020
This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter, including a startup that's using UAV drones for mapping forests.

Section 2209 Isn't Familiar to Most Drone Operators – but Advocates Urge the FAA to Comply with it
DroneLife | 10/23/2020
Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 hasn't been implemented yet.  But a group of drone industry advocates urge the FAA to act quickly, in a letter sent to the FAA.

Volansi Launches Commercial Drone Delivery Program To Deliver Cold Chain Medicines In Rural North Carolina | 10/20/2020
Volansi Inc., a leading drone delivery provider, is piloting the delivery of cold chain medicines from Merck's Wilson, N.C. manufacturing site to Vidant Healthplex-Wilson, a Vidant Health clinic.

Amazon Needs This Wireless In-Flight Drone Recharging Tech For Prime Air
Forbes | 10/18/2020
Portland-based Global Energy Transmission has demonstrated fast wireless charging for drones that gives delivery, inspection, or surveillance drones essentially unlimited range.

Army teams with universities to create miniature drone device that detects aerosols
FOX News | 10/18/2020
The U.S. Army has teamed up with experts from academia to develop a 3D-printed device carried on drones that can detect potentially lethal aerosols.

NCDOT awarded first-ever waiver for drone bridge inspections
Carteret County News-Times | 10/18/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration approved a waiver Oct. 2 that allows the North Carolina Department of Transportation to operate UAS beyond visual line of sight while conducting bridge inspections.

FAA presses on anti-UAS testing | 10/15/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for four airports to help it test drone detection systems, as well as a contractor to facilitate those tests and other capabilities.

Missing 93-year-old Cass County woman found safe thanks to drone, thermal cameras
KCTV 5 News | 10/15/2020
A missing 93-year-old Missouri woman was found safe thanks to a drone and thermal cameras.

U. Illinois-Chicago partners with Army on drone recharging research
EdScoop | 10/14/2020
Researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago, through a partnership with the U.S. Army, are developing a new power supply system that will allow drones to recharge wirelessly from vehicles on the ground.

Need a Covid test? Cheektowaga Walmart will deliver one by drone starting today
Buffalo News | 10/13/2020
As if 2020 couldn't get any weirder, Walmart is now flying Covid-19 test kits to people's houses by drone. The company is testing the drone-delivery system to gather data and decide whether to roll the program out to more stores elsewhere.

Drone warns surfer of very close encounter with 5-foot shark in Australia
Live Science | 10/12/2020
A drone camera caught a close encounter between a surfer and a white shark off the coast of New South Wales, Australia,recently. The drone is operated by Surf Life Saving NSW,a program that is part of the $8 million NSW Government Shark Management...

No Department of Justice Funds for DJI Drones: DOJ Makes the Ban Official, but Some Federal Agencies May Suffer
DroneLife | 10/09/2020
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made the ban official: no agency may use DOJ funds for any unmanned aircraft manufactured by a "Covered Foreign Entity: … any entity that is determined or designated, within the Department of Justice, to be...
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