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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
May 22, 2020  

UAS in the News
Most Drones in Controlled Airspace Lack FAA Approval and a Third Fly Too High, Researchers Report
A dangerously close encounter between a camera drone and six F/A-18 Hornets flying in formation during a recent U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration over Detroit, Mich., confirms the latest aviation safety research released by Embry-Riddle...

The Fight For The Air Force's "Skyborg" Artificial Intelligence Equipped Drones Has Begun
The U.S. Air Force has announced the first step toward making its Skyborg system a reality. This program, which the service revealed last year, aims to develop a suite of systems that will form a single artificial intelligence-driven "computer...

FAA awards $1.6 million grant for UTM at drone test site in Rome
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded a $1.6 million contract that will advance unmanned traffic management (UTM) at the drone test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome.
Technology Spotlight
Image-matching navigation system for aerial vehicles
Naval Postgraduate School

Navy scientists have recently invented a method of determining the position of an aerial vehicle over a planetary terrain. It provides an alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS) when operating on other planets or in a GPS-degraded environment on Earth.

The Navy's invention is available via license agreement to companies that will commercialize it.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7705

Use this time to inject innovation into your company
Upcoming UASCI Events
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 NEW DATES COMING SOON
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.

Registration Fees:
Early Bird: $299 (through March 16) | Standard: $349 (on or after March 17)
Registration includes XPO Hall Pass

Co-located event at XPONENTIAL, All Things Unmanned from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Upcoming Industry Events
USA Drone Conference 2020 - POSTPONED
April 13-16, 2020
Hazard, Kentucky

Free Webinar: Made in the UAS - Is our Security at Risk? 
May 25, 2020
Webinar 4 PM ET
May 25, 2020 4 PM ET Register at Join us as we discuss the active spying on America by foreign-made drones. Learn from professionals in the drone industry and the security community. We hope you will join us as we discuss how we...

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020 - NEW DATES & LOCATION!
July 27-29, 2020
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

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...

October 5-8, 2020
Dallas, Texas

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
Flash Forest Drones to Plant 40,000 Trees a Month in Canada | 05/21/2020
A Canadian startup plans to use its drone technology to plant 40,000 trees on land north of Toronto this month. By the end of the year, as it expands to other regions, it will plant hundreds of thousands of trees. By 2028, the startup aims to have...

Nevada Senators Call on FAA to Expand Drone use Amid Pandemic
MeriTalk (blog) | 05/21/2020
In a letter to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, two Nevada senators are calling for the expansion of drone use to facilitate contact-free delivery of medical supplies and other needed equipment during the...

Colombia drones seek out people with fever
DroneDJ | 05/20/2020
In need of a checkup? If you're in Colombia's capital, Bogota, you may get one whether you want to or not. The city is deploying drones with infrared cameras to spot residents who may have fevers due to COVID-19.

Texas personal injury firm uses drones for road traffic accident investigation and reconstruction
Commercial Drone Professional | 05/20/2020
Texas personal injury firm Witherite has begun utilising drone technology from company Midwest UAS for the purposes of accident investigation and reconstruction.

Why Leaders Need to Implement Drone Technology Now: Drones In America
MarketScale | 05/20/2020
In this week's "Drones in America" episode, host Grant Guillot is joined by Jeremiah Karpowicz, editorial director at Diversified Communications, to discuss the importance of leadership in the industry, especially at a time when companies in various...

Wingtra Drones Help Climate Scientists Predict Flash Flooding in Alaska
UAV Coach | 05/20/2020
In a recent drones for good story, a unique drone made by Wingtra is helping climate researchers in Juneau, Alaska track the fluctuations of water and ice levels in nearby Suicide Basin to better predict flash floods.

Drones now deliver defibrillators in Sweden
UAS Magazine | 05/19/2020
Everdrone, a global leader in autonomous drone technology, is now deploying a drone system in Sweden that delivers Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the scene of cardiac arrests. In doing so, bystanders will now have the ability to...

FAA and Drone Regulation: Should the FAA Have Exclusive Control?
dronelife | 05/19/2020
The FAA is working hard to integrate drones into the airspace and ensure the safety of both manned and unmanned aircraft.  But how much control should the FAA have, and would a "patchwork" approach actually hold some advantages for the drone...

Drones Could be a Game Changer
UAV Expert News | 05/18/2020
Why Drones Could be a Game Changer for Health Care and Military Needs.

Drones in the Power Industry: The Case for Resiliency
dronelife | 05/18/2020
The power industry was an early adopter of drone technology, but in this insider piece Andre Louis-Ferdinand says that the sector continues to find new applications and new uses for drones – especially in these challenging times.

Drones "stepping up" to fight Covid-19, data show
Supply Chain Quarterly Staff | 05/14/2020
Interest in applying unmanned vehicles to combat the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, but challenges to proper and effective implementation remain.

Fortem Technologies enables safe drone delivery of medical supplies in North Carolina
GPS World | 05/14/2020
Fortem Technologies recently completed the first phase of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) in North Carolina.

This U.S. construction firm is raising buildings via drone
Verizon Communications | 05/14/2020
With the help of drones and aerial imaging, one of the largest privately held construction companies in America continues to boldly build for our communities.

Altitude Angel release ‘Scout'Open Source Hardware and Software platform for remote ID
sUAS News | 05/13/2020
Altitude Angel, the world's leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, is releasing an open-sourced project, Scout, consisting of hardware and firmware to enable drone manufacturers, software developers and commercial drone...

Counter Drone Solutions: An Important Player in Drone Delivery Trials
Drone Life (blog) | 05/13/2020
Counter drone solutions are a critical piece of drone delivery trials.  Leading C-UAS provider Fortem Technologies has completed the first phase of their participation in the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in North Carolina – monitoring...

Trillium Engineering begins airborne testing new HD55 gimbaled camera system for UAS
AUVSI News | 05/12/2020
Trillium Engineering has begun airborne testing of its new lightweight, high-definition HD55 system, which is designed for use on Group 2 and smaller Group 3 UAS.

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