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April 19, 2022  

Spotlight: NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Lab to Business Opportunities
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) technologies will be featured in the UASCI Lab to Business Technology Transfer Pitch Presentation Series.

UASCI is excited to announce that NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) will be the first featured research lab in the Lab to Business Technology Transfer Pitch Presentation Series. At this event, NASA AFRC will present 3 business opportunities for UAS/AAM Entrepreneurs, startups, and industry through technology licensing and research partnerships. The technologies featured will be related to: lightweight magnetic field sensing; rapid and lightweight wireless sensor integration; and low cost tracking systems.

This event is planned for mid-May timeframe. Look for an announcement of the specific time & date along with registration information soon. For more information contact Jack James at

A reminder on other UASCI services:

UASCI has launched the nationwide UAS Angel Network to connect accredited investors to emerging aviation technology opportunities. To find out more visit

  • 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:
  • 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:

UASCI provides free business mentoring and development consulting services to support UAS business development in Oklahoma. Apply for these services at:
Upcoming Industry Events
April 25-28, 2022
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Commercial UAV Expo
September 6-8, 2022
Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV

UAS Summit & Expo
October 4-5, 2022
Grand Forks, ND
Droneport Headlines
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Cision PR Newswire | 04/11/2022
DIFCO, Inc.® Chief Executive Officer, Jake Pautsch has announced the project to help familiarize the community with eVTOL and VTOL and the future resources available to them by anchoring a significant hospital's aero-medical aviation division to the...

Air Mobility Center Next Step for Springfield Airport
AviationPros | 04/05/2022
Recent investments and a growing demand for air mobility research at the Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport has led to plans for the construction of an $8.2 million facility.
Industry Headlines
Choctaw Nation hosts aviation conference
The Journal Record | 04/06/2022
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma played host this week to the third Regional Emerging Aviation Technology Conference in Durant.

Archer and Hexcel Partner: Ramping Up eVTOL Manufacturing
dronelife | 04/11/2022
Archer Aviation Inc. announced that it has entered into a joint letter of intent with lightweight composite technology leader Hexcel. The letter details a proposed relationship between the two companies that would see Hexcel supply Archer with...

SkyeBrowse Wins DHS Grant for New Technology to Deal With School Shooters
dronelife | 04/11/2022
Texas-based SkyeBrowse, a company that employs video technology in the public safety arena, will receive a portion of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop drone-based technology that will help first responders...

Wisk, Xwing, Elroy Air Weigh In on Future Autonomy in Advanced Air Mobility
Aviation Today | 04/08/2022
Ensuring the safe and successful integration of autonomous aircraft into the existing ecosystem involves maturing the technology, infrastructure, and the aircraft themselves. A panel discussion at NASA's AAM Ecosystem Working Groups Workshop last...

Aerostructures Market by Material, Component, End-user, Platform & Region - Global Forecast to 2026
Globe Newswire | 04/07/2022
The "Global Aerostructures Market by Material(Composites, Alloys & Superalloys and Metals), Component, End User (OEM, Aftermarket), Platform (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing, UAVs, Advanced Air Mobility) & Region (North America, Europe, APAC, RoW) -...

Electric Planes Taking Off
Semiconductor Engineering | 04/07/2022
Prototypes and tests of zero-emission planes show the industry is on the cusp of clean air travel and goods delivery.

‘First in the air': Intermountain Healthcare poised to launch Utah's first drone delivery system
Deseret News | 04/06/2022
The term "first in the air" probably conjures memories of grainy black-and-white photos of the Wright Brothers and their wobbly but remarkable flights aboard a fragile, cloth winged aircraft over the sand dunes of North Carolina's Outer Banks in the...

FedEx to Test Autonomous Drone Cargo Delivery with Elroy Air
Transport Up | 04/06/2022
FedEx Express is teaming up with California Bay Area-based Elroy Air, the company building an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. As a first of its kind agreement in the U.S., FedEx Express will develop...

vHive Raises $25 Million in Series B: Digital Twins and Critical Insights
dronelife | 04/06/2022
Drone ecosystem funding: leading Digital Twin platform vHive Raises $25 Million in Series B Led by PSG

Gremsy Gimbals and Auterion Drones: Deeply Integrated Gimbal Solution Announced
dronelife | 04/10/2022
Today, leading drone camera stabilizer manufacturer Gremsy has announced the formation of a partnership with autonomous mobility platform Auterion. The partners have teamed up for the development of a deeply integrated gimbal solution for Auterion...

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