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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
February 22, 2019  

2019 UAS Tech Forum August 21 - 22, Salina, KS
Be part of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Cluster Initiative's 6th annual UAS Tech Forum, slated for August 21-22, 2019, at the Tony Pizza's Events Center in Salina, Kansas.

This nationwide gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, technology transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers within the UAS space promises to be an informative, worthwhile event.

As a valued partner in the 2019 UAS Tech Forum, you will be part of an agenda packed with:
  • Technology presentations and thought-provoking panel discussions, including several prominent keynotes from some of the nation's most respected industry professionals and experts.
  • Networking opportunities with other attendees and exhibitors will be available throughout the event as well as various investment opportunities.
  • Pitch sessions where pre-selected and prepped entrepreneurs and researchers showcase their technologies to a wide array of potential strategic partners, investors and licensees - Apply to Pitch Today!
  • Displays and demonstrations of various emerging and disruptive technologies within the UAS space - Apply to Demo!

How to Get Involved
There are many ways you can contribute your talents, skills, knowledge and know-how to the UAS Tech Forum:

Have questions, contact us.
UAS in the News
State agencies use drones for inspections, training
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality isn't the only state agency that has adopted drone technology, but their use isn't yet widespread and state officials don't yet have standardized procedures or purchasing rules. An Oklahoman analysis...

From the ground up: K-State polytechnic visits aims to build Soldier-student partnership
Students from the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus recently toured 1st Infantry Division UAS facilities at Fort Riley, meeting with soldiers and learning about the Shadow and Gray Eagle from Army maintainers and pilots.

Drone Ownership Workshop
Cloud County Community College's small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems program will be offering a free workshop about drone ownership Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. in Building D2 on the Geary County Campus of Cloud County Community...

Vigilant Aerospace Obtains US State Department Commodity Jurisdiction Determination for Export of FlightHorizon GCS – DAA and Airspace Management for Drones
Vigilant Aerospace is pleased to announce that we have obtained a Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US Department of State for our FlightHorizon GCS product. This new determination, CJ 0370-18, allows the export of FlightHorizon...
Technology Spotlight
Air vehicle GPS backup navigation system
Naval Air Center Warfare Weapons Division
Navy engineers invented a triple redundancy solution for precise position, navigation and timing (PNT) in a low cost, size, weight, and power (c-SWAP) solution. GPS is accurate to a few meters, but the new Time-Space-Position-Information (TSPI) technology, using differential corrections, could be accurate to within a few centimeters.

The invention provides the Navy with a novel approach for TSPI in several areas, including GPS denied environments, highly dynamic aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and highly-dynamic guided weapons. This new technology could be a game-changer by enabling a more accurate, reliable, cost-effective addition to the use of GPS for some manned and unmanned systems flight testing and their integration into NextGen.

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621

Navy launches first UAS test squadron; drone tech available for product development
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

SAVE THE DATE Droneports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community
Chicago, IL
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.

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
UAS DRONES Disaster Conference
Downey, CA
Volcanos, hurricanes, and an endless season of wildfires causing devastation throughout California. 2018 marked another pivotal year for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for public safety and disaster management. For this reason, we've...

Hazard, KY
First Responder Drone Conference dedicated to Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Personnel and Fire Fighters. 

2019 UAS Roundup
Nathrop, Colorado
he Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board and Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation invite you to explore and understand the capabilities of emerging unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology at the stunning MT. Princeton Resort in Nathrop,...

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.
Exploring the Collaboration Between NASA, the FAA and Drone Industry to Develop a Cloud-Based UTM System
Commercial UAV News | 02/19/2019
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration are partnering with private companies to develop a cloud-based traffic management system that could handle unmanned aerial vehicles operating in the national airspace, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management platform enables drone users to coordinate airspace use through a UAS Service Supplier provided they have been registered with the FAA.

Delivering Mission-Critical Data to Enhance First Responders' Work
IoT For All | 02/18/2019
FirstNet, a post 9/11 public-private partnership on which AT&T and Telit are collaborating, is enabling first responders to act both more effectively and more safely in emergency situations through the use of next-gen technologies like IoT and drone platforms. The flexibility, bandwidth and coverage of LTE connectivity is key to the resilience of this transformative network.

How Can Drones Be a Part of Successful Disaster Response Operations for Public Safety Departments?
Commercial UAV News | 02/18/2019
In the exclusive interview, Commercial UAV News reporter Jeremiah Karpowicz caught up with Christopher Todd, executive director of the Airborne International Response Team, to find out how things have changed for Airborne Response, what kind of real-world differences he's seen drone technology make, what type of insights will be explored at both the LA and Miami UAs disaster conferences, plus much more.

Morgantown, WV, company awarded Army contract to develop swarming drone technology
WV News | 02/18/2019
A Morgantown-based information technology business was recently awarded a government contract to help develop technology for drone swarms. NextGen Federal Systems was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract from the U.S. Army, according to a release from the company.

Self-folding drone could speed up search and rescue missions
CNBC | 02/18/2019
A drone that can change shape in flight has been developed by researchers at the University of Zurich to assist with search and rescue missions.

Firefighters Rescuing Stranded Drivers With Drones
CBS Sacramento (CA) | 02/15/2019
Heavy rain recently caused local creeks and rivers in the Sacremento area to rise and some drivers are taking dangerous risks. Sacramento Metro Fire crews have rushed to the car rescues with their new eye in the sky. The drone, better known as a UAV, is a lifesaving tool the department can now fly.

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record
UAS Magazine | 02/15/2019
MetaVista Inc., a South Korean advanced power systems company, last month conducted a record-breaking test flight of nearly 11 hours with a quadcopter drone using an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. MetaVista developed the ultra-light-weight liquid hydrogen storage tank to specifically work with Intelligent Energy's fuel cell

New Fast-Tracked Drone ID Rule Takes Effect Feb. 25
Inside Unmanned Systems | 02/15/2019
Aviation regulators published three rule-related notices February 13, including a surprise interim rule on drone identification set to take effect February 25 — without the usual period for comment — under a "good cause" exception.

Trump's border wall could be a virtual barrier patrolled by drones too
CNET | 02/15/2019
Many in the tech industry envision a drone-protected border as not just likely but inevitable, helping the US Border Patrol see farther and communicate better. Drones should make it easier for agents to distinguish immigrants and smugglers from the cows and coyotes that prowl along the border, advocates say.

Whitepaper outlines economic impact of BVLOS drone operations
UAS Magazine | 02/13/2019
A recently released whitepaper from drone technology provider PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research outlines the areas of opportunities for BVLOS inspections with electric utilities, insurance companies the oil and gas industry and other businesses. According to the paper, what motivates companies to explore BVLOS operations with UAS are safety, costs, data quality and consistency and time to value.

Could ‘Toy' Drones Ground the Commercial UAS Sector?
Aviation Pros | 02/12/2019
Op-Ed from aviation attorney Mark Dombroff: "For those of us who care about the hard-won safety of the U.S. aviation system, as well as the extraordinary potential of the fast-growing commercial drone sector, the time has come to accept an unfortunate truth: We are flirting with disaster by making Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) so accessible to untrained, unskilled, less- than-serious "pilots" who treat them as toys."

T-Mobile applies for extension to test UAS in Washington
FierceWireless | 02/12/2019
T-Mobile has filed an application for Special Temporary Authority to use AWS-3 spectrum for testing unmanned aircraft systems in Bellevue and Redmond, Washington.

Op-ed: Commercial UAS Industry Must Stand Up and Dispel False Narratives
Unmanned Aerial Online | 02/11/2019
In this op-ed, the writer implores UAS industry stakeholders to seriously start defending the commercial drone industry when they hear media pundits, government officials and others predict how one accident between a UAV and a commercial airliner will wreck the entire commercial UAS industry.

Could Boeing Kick Textron Out of the Drones Market?
Nasdaq | 02/09/2019
In 2013, Textron made a bold move to break into the fighter jets market but has failed to sell a single one. One place where Textron found success, though, was with its early entry into the drone wars , where its Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle found quick acceptance from the U.S. Army. Soon, though, Textron could find itself kicked out of this market as well.

Icarus Aerospace and Boeing Create New Options for Public Safety Officials with the S-100 Camcopter
Commercial UAV News | 02/09/2019
This year at the 2019 National Sheriffs' Association Winter Technology Conference in Washington D.C., Icarus Aerospace drew an especially large crowd to their exhibit as the Boeing S-100 Camcopter® was being shown for the first time in a public setting.

North Dakota Eyes Expanded Use of Drones For Oil and Natural Gas Operations
Natural Gas Intelligence | 02/08/2019
North Dakota is hoping to expand the role of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the state's oil and gas fields by pushing federal regulators to allow use of the devices "beyond the visual line of sight" of an operator.

DJI Promises Company Changes in Light of Employee Fraud Investigation
Unmanned Aerial | 02/07/2019
Last month, DJI announced an investigation that discovered some of the company's employees had inflated the cost of parts and materials of certain products for personal financial gain. The company has since made another statement confirming it will develop more internal policies to tackle the issue.

DRONEII – The Drone Job Market: What is it and Where is it Going?
dronelife | 02/07/2019
With the industry maturing, the drone job market within it is becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to navigate – companies are competing not only to develop the latest UAV technology, but also to grab the very best engineers out there.

This home security drone will help you tell possums from prowlers
CNET | 02/07/2019
Sunflower Labs, a San Francisco-based startup, is combining motion detectors, a quadcopter and a phone app into a home security system. The Sunflower system could go on sale in 2020.

USF Holding Race with Brain-Controlled Drones
This Saturday, the University of South Florida (USF) is holding an event during which teams will race drones using their brains.

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