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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
June 18, 2020  

Featured Event
Webinar Series, Part II - COVID Operations: How drone companies are responding to help stop the Coronavirus pandemic
Tuesday | June 23, 2020
2 p.m. CST

Matt Dunlevy
Matt Dunlevy

Lisa Ellman
Lisa Ellman

James Williams
James Williams
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S. and abroad, drone companies have been exploring how using unmanned aerial vehicles and other autonomous systems can help mitigate the spread of the virus, including performing such important tasks as delivering medicines and medical supplies, disinfecting affected areas, and transporting lab results.

Join Matt Dunlevy of SkySkopes, Lisa Ellman of the Commercial Drone Alliance, and James Williams of JHW Unmanned Solutions LLC and former head of FAA's UAS Integration Office in Part II of our webinar series focused on how drone companies are using drones during the COVID-19 pandemic and how further UAS research and testing could affect the impact of future pandemics.

To register for Part II of this complimentary webinar series, visit
UAS in the News
Vigilant Aerospace Signs New NASA Patent License
Vigilant Aerospace Systems has signed a new patent license agreement with NASA covering the use of radar in detect-and-avoid and unmanned traffic management systems, including in the company's FlightHorizon family of products.

Drone Technology Helps Researchers Count Turtles On The Great Barrier Reef
Researchers at Raine Island, the world's largest green turtle rookery, have used a drone to conduct accurate population surveys, with stunning results.

Transforming Tulsa: Foundation launches catalyst to support city as emerging tech hub with an intial $50 million commitment
The George Kaiser Family Foundation launched a new technology-led economic and workforce development organization to support Tulsa as an emerging tech hub.

Fighting COVID-19 with Disinfecting Drones and Thermal Sensors
SkySkopes, a UAS flight operator that serves a wide variety of industries; the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota (UND); and a number of other companies are engaged in a study to determine how drones can be used to disinfect...

Utilities Weather Storms with Geospatial Data Technology
As utilities respond to customers' expectation of network uptime, in the face of worsening natural disasters, they're investing in their power grids. By deploying remote sensors on drones, utilities are accelerating, automating, and amplifying their...
Technology Spotlight
Enhanced, durable photovoltaic cells absorb and trap more light
Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division

Navy researchers invented an evolutionary new technology for increasing the efficiency and durability of solar cells. New portable power could include extending the range of electric powered drones or power for distributed sensors (security cameras), etc.

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

Contact: Matthieu DuMont, PhD
Phone: 406-994-7733

Weekly tech roundup featuring six drone technologies
Upcoming UASCI Events
Webinar Series, Part II - COVID Operations: How drone companies are responding to help stop the Coronavirus pandemic
June 23, 2020
Webinar 3PM ET
Join Matt Dunlevy of SkySkopes, Lisa Ellman of the Commercial Drone Alliance, and James Williams of JHW Unmanned Solutions LLC and former head of FAA's UAS Integration Office in Part II of our webinar series focused on how drone companies are using drones during the COVID-19 pandemic and how further UAS research and testing could affect the impact of future pandemics.

2020 UAS Tech Forum
September 16-17, 2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry.

Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL (Virtual)
October 5, 2020
Dallas, TX
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

Co-located virtual event
Upcoming Industry Events
World UAV Federation - NEW DATES!
August 20-22, 2020
Shenzhen, China
WORLD UAV FEDERATION was established in June 2017 by Mr. Jincai Yang (Chairman); its unveiling ceremony was held on October 31, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Up to the current, the chapters include: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Australia...

Counter UAS Summit - NEW DATES!
August 31 - September 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...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas - VIRTUAL EVENT
September 15-17, 2020
Virtual Event
Following a record-breaking event in 2019, with more than 200 exhibitors and 3,100 drone professionals from 54 countries, North America's leading trade show and conference focused on commercial drone integration and operation will take place...

October 5-8, 2020
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Texas
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned — from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more..

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

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020 - CHANGED TO VIRTUAL EVENT
AEC Next, SPAR 3D, ILMF and Geo Week will produce a series of interactive virtual content throughout 2020 including webinars, virtual product showcases, industry reports, weekly news, and a virtual awards ceremony announcing the recipients of the...
FLIR Systems Awarded Contract for Nano Drones
National Defense Magazine | 06/17/2020
The Army awarded FLIR Systems a second contract worth $20.6 million to provide the service with additional miniature reconnaissance drones as part of the ongoing soldier-borne sensor program.

Piloting the UAS World with the FAA: Drones In America
MarketScale | 06/17/2020
In this week's episode of "Drones in America", host Grant Guillot speaks with FAA Director Jay Merkle to get his insight regarding what drone users can expect in regards to Operations Over People, Remote ID, and the utilization of drones in public...

DJI could use magnets to land drones on docking stations
Drone DJ | 06/16/2020
A new patent released today on the Chinese Patent Office's database suggests that DJI could be working on an automatic docking station and drone that uses magnets to accurately land a drone at a designated docking station.

Drone helps save father and daughter in the San Joaquin River
Drone DJ | 06/16/2020
Shane Cole from the Antioch Police Department recently used a drone to help rescue a father and daughter after their canoe capsized in the San Joaquin River, California.

Iris Automation launches Waiver Resource Center to help waiver submission process for BVLOS ops
AUVSI News | 06/16/2020
Iris Automation has launched its new Waiver Resource Center, which gives UAS operators access to expertise and tools for managing the complex waiver submission process for all beyond visual line of sight operations.

Honeywell Focuses New Unit on UAS and UAM Sectors
Aviation International News Online | 06/15/2020
Honeywell is forming a new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) business unit to advance the aerospace group's ambitions in the fast-emerging UAS and urban air mobility sectors.

Rep. Schweikert advocates for adoption of unmanned aircraft systems
Transportation Today | 06/15/2020
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) recently forwarded correspondence to Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration officials, urging increased adoption of commercial unmanned aircraft systems,.

Airport touts drone range growth
East Oregonian | 06/12/2020
The Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range may have lost its two most prominent customers in recent months, but test range officials are still projecting clear skies ahead.

Satellite Connectivity to Enable New 'Pop-Up UTM' Service for Drones
Aviation Today | 06/12/2020
Inmarsat and Altitude Angel are collaborating on a new approach to surveillance that they describe as 'Pop-Up UTM' (Unmanned Traffic Management), which could serve as a catalyst for enabling more beyond visual line of sight operations for commercial...

America Needs To Command The Unmanned Skies
Forbes | 06/11/2020
Contributing Forbes writer Arthur Herman urges the U.S. government to modify an international agreement that would reclassify UAS as aircraft and not missiles and therefore keep China from providing advanced UAS technologie to U.S. allies.

Dubai's police hoverbike crashes during test flight
DroneDJ | 06/11/2020
A video has emerged on YouTube of what looks to be the Dubai Police's hoverbike crashing during a manned test flight. The test pilot doesn't look like he was injured in the crash, but the hoverbike hit the ground hard, resulting in extensive damage.

DHS Wants to Know What the Public Thinks About Using Drones During Emergencies
Nextgov | 06/10/2020
A forthcoming survey from the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate will ask people about their knowledge of unmanned aerial systems and how they are used, and their opinions on the ethical implications.

Stranded at sea? A high-tech Israeli drone can save the day
Connecticut Jewish Ledger | 06/09/2020
Israeli defense company Elbit Systems has announced in recent days that it has sold a unique version of its advanced Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft System to an undisclosed customer in Southeast Asia. The Maritime Patrol version of the Hermes 900...

Swarms of autonomous insect robots could prove key to future planetary exploration
TechCrunch | 06/08/2020
While we're preparing to launch a six-wheeled robotic rover roughly the size of a car to explore Mars, future planetary exploration and science missions could employ much smaller hardware — including, potentially, swarms of robots the size of...

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