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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
June 8, 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
Holm Auto Good News: K-State Poly offers drone academy for teens
Kansas State Polytechnic is offering a one-week unmanned aircraft systems program called UAS Virtual Academy, an online, hands-on introduction to the world of drones. It will run from June 22-26 and will explore multiple facets of a growing industry.

North Dakota Selects 3 System Integrators for Statewide BVLOS Network
Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies Company, L3Harris Technologies, and Thales USA have been selected to work with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to build, implement and operate North Dakota's statewide network for flying unmanned aircraft...

Drone deliveries are making their case in a crisis
Companies have introduced numerous measures to minimize the threat and spread of the Coronavirus. Countless stores have acrylic screens, for instance, and many delivery drivers leave orders at your doorstep. But a robot — or specifically, a drone —...

Funded By Kevin Durant, Founded By Ex-Google Engineers: Meet The Drone Startup Scoring Millions In Government Surveillance Contracts
Skydio, a drone startup backed by basketball player and investor Kevin Durant, is perhaps the most surprising recent addition to the government's aerial surveillance arsenal.
Technology Spotlight
Remote information collection, situational awareness, and adaptive response system for improving advance threat awareness and hazardous risk avoidance (RICSAARS)
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division

A Navy scientist recently developed a situational awareness, adaptive automation, and decision support system that can be used in various environments with respect to mobile systems, platforms, or entities along paths of travel.

The technology is applicable to unmanned mobile reconnaissance vehicles (UMRV)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) searching for, and analyzing, the frequencies of devices in the path of a mobile control vehicle (MCV) to locate conditions of interest and relay this information to the MCV.

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

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Does your company need a 360 multibeam UAV antenna? The Air Force has a new design available.
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
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
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
New Russian Drone "Flying Bird"
Communal News | 06/07/2020
A Russian professor recently announced development of a new unmanned aerial vehicle that resembles a flying squirrel in its silhouette.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard starts using drones in place of hazardous manual labor
The Virginia-Pilot | 06/06/2020
After a severe storm swept through the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in April, officials used a remotely piloted drone to survey damage, which took about an hour and a half as opposed to several weeks through conventional methods.

The invisible drone: unmanned aircraft that has chameleon camouflage takes to the skies
The First News | 06/06/2020
A Polish company has developed a drone that can seem disappear into thin air thanks to cutting-edge technology.

Measuring Atlantic bluefin tuna with a drone | 06/05/2020
Researchers have used an unmanned aerial system (or drone) to gather data on schooling juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine.

What Does it Mean to Implement Autonomous Drones?
MarketScale | 06/05/2020
On this bonus episode of "Drones In America," host Grant Guillot sits down with Ariel Avitan, Chief Commercial Officer of Percepto, and Sean Guerre, Managing Director of InnovateEnergy, to discuss what implementing "autonomous" drones really means...

Swift teams continue to uncover key safety findings in Kobe, Japan
Intelligent Aerospace | 06/03/2020
Teams from Swift Tactical Systems, in partnership with its Japanese counterpart, Swift-Xi, both subsidiaries of Swift Engineering, completed a multiphase study, enabling government officials to make critical decisions regarding the ongoing safety of...

Why the U.S. Is Driving Allies to Buy Chinese UAVs
Air Force Magazine | 06/03/2020
As unmanned aerial vehicles mature and gain in speed, payload capacity, and sophistication, the U.S. military remains hamstrung in its ability to collaborate with foreign partners on new systems or even to help sell most UAVs to America's closest...

DroneUp Releases Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery – a Part 107 Report | 06/02/2020
DroneUp recently partnered with Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology in tests designed to determine how unmanned aerial systems can assist with critical delivery during times of crisis under the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107...

GA-ASI exploits additive manufacturing for UAV production and performance advantages
IHS Jane's 360 | 06/01/2020
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc is looking to expand the application of metal and non-metal components created using additive manufacturing processes across its unmanned aerial vehicle product lines to seek further production efficiencies.

Flirtey's New Granted Patent is Instrumental for Drone Delivery
sUAS News | 05/27/2020
Flirtey, the pioneer of the commercial drone delivery industry, announced recently that it had been granted a critical patent for the safe and precise drone delivery of packages.

Balancing New Technology and Privacy When Using Drones in Land Use and Construction
National Law Review | 05/26/2020
Perceived trespass, nuisance and invasions of privacy were some of the legal issues discussed during a webinar presented by the American Bar Association's Section on Real Property Trusts and Estates at its 32nd Annual Conference on May 15, 2020.

Zipline begins US medical delivery with drone program honed in Africa
TechCrunch | 05/26/2020
Novant Health and California-based UAV delivery startup Zipline have launched distribution of personal protective gear and medical equipment in North Carolina.

Adaptive Recreational Therapy utilizing sUAS
sUAS News | 05/25/2020
Wounded Eagle UAS Founder and Director Joseph Dorando opines how small UAVs can provide therapy for people with physical and mental disabilities.

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