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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
May 10, 2018  

U.S. Department of Transportation selects 10 partners for Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP)
Possibly one of the most exciting announcements in the UAS industry took place yesterday with U.S. DOT selecting 10 partners for the Drone Integration Pilot Program. This was five more sites more than many anticipated and incudes two partners in the Cluster Initiative's geographic region.

The full list includes:
  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, OK
  • City of San Diego, CA
  • Virginia Tech – Center for Innovative Technology, Herndon, VA
  • Kansas Department of Transportation, Topeka, KS
  • Lee County Mosquito Control District, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Memphis, TN
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, NC
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation, Bismarck, ND
  • City of Reno, NV
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

For more details check out the press release in UAS in the News and future issues for more news on the impact of this program.
UAS in the News
Press Release – U.S.Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Selectees
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that USDOT has selected 10 state, local and tribal governments as participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. First announced last October, this White...

Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Learning How to Fly UAS
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is partnering with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to send 30 employees, including 12 law enforcement officers, through unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training from May through June.

FAA Begins Drone Airspace Authorization Expansion
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun expanding an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.
Technology Spotlight
Extremely low-profile broadband antennas
Army Research Lab
Many applications in wireless communications and radar require antennas that conform to the surface of the supporting structure and be as compact as possible. Low-profile antennas (LPAs) are of particular importance within the UHF band, where they are used as communications antennas on military platforms. In such applications, they reduce platform visibility and decrease overall antenna weight, which becomes critically important in airborne platforms. These benefits are enhanced in light of the many military vehicles that contain a multitude of protruding antennas for multiple communication links at UHF frequencies. For technical reasons, it has been challenging to combine a low-profile design with broadband capability. Army researchers have investigated LPAs and developed new designs which leverage the unique qualities of anisotropic and isotropic materials.

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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.

Mindset and Methods of Open Innovation Workshop for Manufacturers
June 5, 2018
Claremore, OK
Successful large companies use the process of Open Innovation to provide them with a competitive advantage and surpass their competitors.
This seminar "Mindset and Methods of Open Innovation" takes Open Innovation to small and mid-sized manufacturers to share with them the techniques that have worked for large companies. "The World is Your Lab" is the mantra of this half-day workshop inviting participants to understand the wealth of R&D resources available to them at the federal labs, universities and potential partner firms.

UAS Workshop
June 7, 2018
Ardmore, OK

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....

Drone Focus
May 30-31, 2018
Fargo, ND
Autonomous systems are no longer a thing of the past but rather, the future is now. At Drone Focus we believe in the potential of Unmanned Systems and the opportunities the industry creates for Entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. In...

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...

ICUAS'18The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
he 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...

Energy Drone Coalition
June 19-21, 2018
Houston, TX
The Energy Drone Summit is a forum dedicated to launching, growing and scaling enterprise UAV/Robotics operations in energy companies worldwide by bringing together the major rapidly growing segments within the UAV/AUV/Robotics ecosystem, with the...

June 25-29, 2018
Atlanta, GA
DEMAND for UNMANNED® brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and regulators from academia, government, and...

UAS Summit & Expo
August 20-22, 2018
Grand Forks, ND
During the course of three days, attendees of the UAS Summit & Expo will hear from 100+ industry experts about insight on commercial UAV manufacturing and distribution, UAS technology offerings, regulatory updates, business case models, commercial...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas
October 1-3, 3018
Las Veags, NV
Join more than 3,000 professionals at the leading commercial drone conference and expo October 1-3. With top-notch education and an unparalleled exhibit floor filled with the highest precision UAS technology, Commercial UAV Expo is the best choice...
Trending in solar services: Robots are zooming into the solar market
Solar Power World | 05/09/2018
Robots infiltrating an industry sounds kind of scary until you learn they're pretty good at doing tedious jobs that require meticulous data gathering. Robotic technologies are starting to become more commonplace in the solar industry, largely driven by the advanced capabilities of drones.

A defense company is building a drone that can fly continuously for one year
Digital Trends | 05/08/2018
Cutting-edge British companies BAE Systems and Prismatic are collaborating on the development of a new high-altitude, long-endurance drone called PHASA-35, which aims to achieve flight times of anywhere up to an astonishing 12 months. To do this, it will use a combination of long-life battery technology and ultra-lightweight solar cells that will allow it to power itself using the sun's rays.

Drones gear up to fly beyond visible line of sight | 05/08/2018
To address beyond visible line of sight limitations, the Federal Aviation Administration worked with drone manufacturer PrecisionHawk for three years on what it calls Focus Area Two of the Pathfinder Program, which was created to speed the introduction of small drones into the national airspace.  PrecisionHawk specifically addressed extended visual line of sight operations in rural areas, which would allow greater UAS use for crop monitoring in precision agriculture operations.

Hearing focuses on evolving drone technology
News-Press Now | 05/08/2018
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt chaired a hearing in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to sort out some of the issues of a UAS industry that had a $40 million economic footprint in the United States in 2012 and projects to exceed a $31 billion annual impact by 2026.

Meds by drone! (Maybe): Flirtey, Reno picked for national UAV pilot program
Reno (NV) Gazette Journal | 05/08/2018
The city of Reno and the Reno-based drone company were selected as one of 10 applicants out of more than 140 nationwide by the Department of Transportation to take part in the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program,

Uber and NASA sign second Space Act Agreement
Vertical Mag | 05/08/2018
Uber has signed a second Space Act Agreement with NASA to explore concepts and technologies for urban air mobility (UAM). Under this agreement, Uber will share its unique UAM requirements based on their future operational concept for the world's first urban aviation's rideshare network, and NASA will use the latest airspace management modeling and simulation algorithms to assess the impacts of integrating UAM operations in an urban environment.

Raytheon to design, maintain air traffic management system for New York UAS testing corridor
Homeland Preparedness News | 05/07/2018
The Raytheon Company has been selected to help design, build and support a next-generation air traffic management system for an unmanned aircraft system testing airspace corridor in New York State, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance announced May 3.

Navy establishes aerial drone squadron
Navy Times | 05/06/2018
As the need and scope of the military's unmanned systems continues to grow, the Navy plans to establish a command devoted to aviation drones this fall.

Pentagon moves closer to 'swarming drones' capability with new systems test
SF Gate | 05/06/2018
Flying aircraft carriers that launch and recover fleets of small, inexpensive drones could soon be part of the U.S. military arsenal, as the Pentagon works with private technology partners to engineer that vision into reality.

UAV Growth, Challenges, and the Future
Tech Zone 360 | 05/04/2018
Despite the growing opportunities in the drone industry today, challenges still exist that may hamper or prevent the level of growth forecasted by industry experts.

Using battlefield tactics on the farm to aid growers in precision decisions
Delta FarmPress | 05/04/2018
"Just as we do with precision weapons, we can go out and precisely target where the pigweed problem is, and with GPS-enabled variable rate equipment, we can put together a program script and apply just the right amount of the right stuff at the right place at the right time."

Cities await announcement of drone pilot program winners | 05/03/2018
Hundreds of localities are waiting to hear if they've been selected for the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, which will give them and their industry partners a chance to expand the integration of unmanned aerial systems. The FAA website says the announcement will come by May 7.

DHS seeks drone solution for border security
Washington Technology | 05/03/2018
The Department of Homeland Security plans to test small drone aircraft with sensors that can identify people and vehicles from above, track flying objects and collect data on active shooters.

FlightSafety Jumps Into UAS Training
Aviation International News | 05/03/2018
FlightSafety International has jumped into the UAS pool. The aviation training company announced May 3 that it will begin offering "a wide variety" of unmanned systems training programs for commercial operators.

DRL Announces 2018 Season Partners, Race Locations & Pilots
dronelife | 05/02/2018
The Drone Racing League (DRL), has formally announced the launch of the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. The big reveal includes a smattering of new global partners, fresh pilots competing and several new race locations around the world.

Interview with DJI's Michael Perry at AUVSI Xponential 2018
Drone DJ | 05/02/2018
Yesterday, we had the chance to talk to DJI's Managing Director of North America, Michael Perry at the AUVSI Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Michael spoke to us about the new Zenmuse XT2 dual-sensor thermal camera as well as the payload SDK and DJI's push into the commercial drone market. We also spoke about how drones can help save people lives around the world and of course we asked him about what else consumers can expect from DJI this year.

Lockheed Martin Small Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial System Upgraded with High Resolution Thermal Imaging Capability
Web Wire | 05/02/2018
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Indago 3, a small quadrotor unmanned aerial system has been upgraded with high resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.

The U.K. Might Rid Itself of Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight Drone Regulations
Droneality | 05/02/2018
The National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) in the U.K. intends to rid itself of the beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) regulations hampering so much of the drone delivery industry both here in the U.S. and abroad. The implications here are essentially that unmanned aerial deliveries in the United Kingdom could begin as early as next year, with the United States not quite as progressive as its English counterpart.

Getting blood to wounded troops via drone
GCN | 05/01/2018
On the battlefield, drones are typically used to get a remote view of enemy positions. Now the Pentagon wants ideas on how unmanned aerial systems can be used to deliver blood and medical supplies to remote locations to treat wounded troops on the spot.

DOT Takes Step Toward Expediting Drone Delivery Authorizations
Unmanned Aerial Online | 04/30/2018
The Small UAV Coalition is applauding the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that it will use existing exemption authority to grant economic authority to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators seeking to carry property in air transportation – representing an important step to expedite drone delivery operations in the U.S., the coalition says.

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