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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
March 7, 2019  

Droneport Seminar: Unlocking the Potential in Your Community @ XPONENTIAL, April 29, Chicago, IL
You are invited to the one day Droneport Seminar: Unlocking the Potential in Your Community, as a part of XPONENTIAL, Monday, April 29.

The seminar is hosted by the DronePort Network, working in concert with the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI) .

Who Should Attend
This seminar is for anyone interested in how to prosper and create jobs in the emerging UAS industry through the development of droneports. You will learn how droneports are creating an epicenter for UAS activities and providing companies the airspace to fly drones safely.

Register to Attend
Your $349 registration includes a networking lunch and XPO Hall pass throughout XPONENTIAL.

Want to do more?

Learn more about the DronePort Network today!

UAS in the News
Want to fly a drone? You have to play by the rules
The first full day of ABA Techshow 2019 kicked off with a buzz as a small, black multi-propellered flying object zipped through a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Piloted by Kenton Brice, director of technology innovation at the University...

Demonstration shows value of drones at crime scene investigations
A group of companies last month staged a mock murder in Nevada to demonstrate the value of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in crime scene investigation.

FAA imposed this big change Saturday for drone pilots
Big changes are in store for the country's more than 1 million registered drone users, most of whom fly the unmanned aerial systems as a hobby.
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

Droneports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL
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...

Unmanned Tactical Application Conference
Perry, GA
FLYMOTION is pleasedto announce the first annual Unmanned Tactical Application Conference in March of 2019. This state of the art conference provides first responders, operators, and agents the opportunity to immerse in real-world training...

Hazard, KY
First Responder Drone Conference dedicated to Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Personnel and Fire Fighters.  Speical discount for UASCI, use discount code DCN25% for 25% off the current registration rate

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.

FAA UAS Symposium
Baltimore, MD
Together with AUVSI, the Federal Aviation Administration organizes the FAA UAS Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 12-14, 2019. The FAA says that they are "getting down to business. We're not waiting for what's next, we're...

Drone Expo East
Atlantic City, NJ
Drone Expo International has announced Drone Expo East, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the eastern United States.
Canada-Based SkyX Brings Drone Solution to U.S. Oil & Gas Market
Unmanned Aerial | 03/07/2019
Expanding into the U.S.' oil and gas market, SkyX, an Ontario-based provider of an aerial monitoring solution for long-range assets, has opened a new location in downtown Houston.

Benefits of using drones at airports
DroneDJ | 03/06/2019
Now, here's a perspective that you don't see too often: "the benefits of using drones at airports." Almost always when we hear the words drone and airport in the same sentence it is a sure sign of trouble. However, the use of drones can also benefit an airport. Here's how.

Echodyne counter-UAS radar selected by Black Sage Technologies
UAS Magazine | 03/06/2019
Echodyne Corp. of Kirkland, Washington, announced that its EchoGuard security radar has been selected by Black Sage Technologies Inc. as the preferred radar sensor for mid-range C-UAS security solutions.

Drones are Proving Their Worth in Fire and Emergency Services
Almost every town and city in the world is working on a tight budget – but drones are proving to be one of the best investments that a community can make to assist their fire and emergency services departments.

Koala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human Experts | 03/04/2019
Researchers in Australia developed a fast, reliable way to count koalas using drones: by flying unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with infrared imaging,

Q&A: How Much of a Threat Do Drones Pose to Air Travel?
The Embry-Riddle Newsroom | 03/04/2019
Embry-Riddle's Dr. Kristy Kiernan, program chair for the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems, focuses on bringing together the safety culture of aviation and the "innovation culture" of drones, particularly given the promise of drones to benefit society by improving public safety. Recently on, she explored the risks that drones could pose to air travel.

DroneSeed Partners with The Nature Conservancy to Restore Oregon Rangelands Using Unique Drone Swarms
UAV Coach | 03/01/2019
DroneSeed—a drone company that uses drone swarms to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees—is in the news again, this time with plans to help restore rangelands affected by invasive species in Oregon.

House Passes Bill Expanding Use of UAS and Location Data in Fight Against Wildfires
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/01/2019
The House passed legislation February 26 promoting the use of drones and other advanced technology to improve government response to wildfires.

FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site Selected for 2019 NASA Unmanned Traffic Management Capstone Operation
Nevada Business | 02/28/2019
On 15 February 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) publicly announced the State of Nevada as an award recipient for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 operation. 

Australia to build 'independently thinking' drones
CNN | 02/27/2019
Boeing Australia on Wednesday announced plans to make a jet drone with artificial intelligence that can act as a "loyal wingman" for manned jet fighters.

UAS swarms to restore Oregon rangelands
Shephard News Media | 02/26/2019
DroneSeed has signed a contract with The Nature Conservancy to support the replanting of native species with advanced technologies in sagebrush habitat, the company announced on 20 February. The contract will see the use of UAS swarms to restore the Oregon rangelands affected by invasive species and re-seed native plants and endangered species, such as the sage-grouse.

DJI unveils new hardware and software tools for professional UAS operators
AUVSI News | 02/25/2019
In an effort to give professional UAS operators improved control, safety, and security for high-stakes missions, DJI unveiled new hardware and software tools on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Drone searching for missing dog shot out of the sky
DroneDJ | 02/25/2019
As the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom was flying over his house, the 26-year-old Gerard Chasteen allegedly got his shotgun and shot the drone out of the sky, according to police. The Long Island man fired off three shots at the drone that was flying around the neighborhood in search of a missing dog.

Flying cars: A Jetsonian reality coming to Utah | 02/25/2019
The future of transportation is autonomous. Self-driving vehicles and unmanned air taxis have the potential to create a world in which the computer is literally in the driver's seat. Flying vehicles may sound like a Jetsonian, "pie in the sky" concept, but it's a reality that's coming to Utah within the coming decade. 

VTOL Drone Firm Wingtra Creates Certification Service Process with RDO
dronelife | 02/25/2019
Swiss drone manufacturer Wingtra is teaming up with distributor RDO Equipmentto roll out a certified repair center servicing the company's vertical-takeoff-and-landing drone solutions.

Look up! The age of the delivery drone is dawning
Newsday | 02/23/2019
Op-Ed: If you need it quickly and cheaply, call a drone. They are the new frontier of delivery.

What is ‘safe enough' for drone deliveries?
The Seattle Times | 02/22/2019
They will be heavier than the lightweight models that previously have hit people on the ground. A host of questions remain unanswered. Should drones themselves be required to carry safety features such as sensors or parachutes? Are Americans willing to endure drone accidents in exchange for more convenience and freedom, as they do with automobiles?
Partner Spotlight
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

13905 Quail Pointe Dr, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 |


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