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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
November 10, 2017  

Special Opportunity for Entrepreneurs
A US Delegation to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad-India is being organized by the US State Department. They are eager to ensure the participation from Innovators and Entrepreneurs from all 50 states.

The State Department will provide hotel accommodation in Hyderabad for four nights (November 27-30), though entrepreneurs are expected to fund their own travel to Hyderabad. Ground transportation in Hyderabad from the airport to designated GES hotels and between the GES venues will be provided, as will most meals during the Summit.

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the US Delegation, simply email your request and profile to GES-PARTICIPANTS@STATE.GOV with the subject line: "REQUEST FOR GES INVITATION".

The list below identifies states that are underrepresented and applicants from these states may receive priority.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

UAS in the News
NASA-developed drone aircraft offer one-of-a-kind capabilities
NASA scientists, who always are on the hunt for new platforms from which to carry out their research, now may avail themselves of two agency-developed unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, that some say represent the future for drone aircraft. Unlike...

Kansas leading the nation in unmanned aerial systems
Kansas is leading the nation in unmanned aerial systems. The Sunflower State is taking drones to a federal level. Kansas is the first state ever to implement a government position to regulate drone operations. They are looking to regulate things...

ASU team to explain swarming drones controlled via brainwaves
Researchers at Arizona State University's Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have thought long and hard about drones. Their efforts—which will be explained in detail at the Arizona UAS Summit in early November—have unveiled a method that allows...
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....

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...
Arizona UAS event reveals changes coming to industry
UAS Magazine | 11/07/2017
The unmanned aircraft system industry—from the type of company operating today to regulation creation—is rapidly changing. This was part of the message delivered by Brian Wynne, president and CEO for the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) to attendees of the second Arizona UAS Summit & Expo.

Drone Lab Offers Safe Skies and Student Opportunities
San Diego State University News Center | 11/07/2017
As drones become more popular and affordable, San Diego State University's new Center for Unmanned Systems Technologies, or Drone Lab for short, is looking to capitalize on its potential for crowd protection, surveillance and research while heading off potential dangers.

Reaping the benefits of safe drone technology
The Hill | 11/06/2017
Opinion piece by Elaine Chao, U.S. Sec. of Transportation, regarding the potential benefits of drones and the new, recently launched initiative to allow state, local, or tribal leaders to partner with drone operators to test and deploy drone operations that currently require special authorizations.

Tapping into high-flying drone industry
Crain's Cleveland Business | 11/05/2017
Kent State University is preparing to graduate the first students of its aeronautics program with a minor in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), aka drones, in December.
The program only has about 15 students, out of more than 500 in the school's aeronautics program, but professors Blake Stringer and Jason Lorenzon think they'll have more students going forward.

East Texas company's drones help survey hurricane damage
Nacodoches (TX) Daily Sentinel | 11/03/2017
Unmanned aircraft helped a Nacogdoches business survey hurricane damage with a degree of speed and safety once thought impossible. The Nacodoches Daily Sentinel reports after Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas coast and Hurricane Irma swamped Florida, Hydrex Environmental set to the air with drones not much bigger than a model airplane to map damage.

Underground Surveys and Inspections with Drones
Commercial UAV News | 11/02/2017
Flying a drone in confined locations isn't an easy task. It requires piloting skills, and previous knowledge of the surroundings. But what happens if you need to fly a drone where there is no GPS, no light, and humans can't go? A new drone certification program from Flyability will help provide Elios drone owners with a way to assess their piloting skills in these kinds of situations, but that's just the first step for organizations looking to adopt the technology.

Setting Realistic Growth Prospects for the Drone Market
Drone Life | 11/01/2017
In this guest post from Drone Life, the writer believes three of the biggest misconceptions in the drone industry are how fast it will grow, which sectors will grow, and which ones will lag.  

Drone pilot program to help state, local governments weigh in on UAS integration
AUVSI News | 10/31/2017
On Oct. 25, President Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch the Innovative Drone Integration Pilot Program, an initiative which will "safely test and validate advanced operations" for UAS in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions.The move is seen as a way to give state and local governments some say in regulating UAS use, while not pre-empting the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration to oversee the nation's airspace.

UC San Diego creating aerodrome where it can fly experimental drones
The San Diego Union-Tribune | 10/30/2017
UC San Diego is creating an outdoor site where it can test fly unmanned aerial vehicles, which are rapidly coming into common use by everyone from police investigating crime scenes to scientists looking for archaeological remains.

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration
UAS Magazine | 10/26/2017
The Trump administration this week announced the launch of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program intended to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace. The program is also aimed at using unmanned technology to boost the U.S. economy through jobs creation, improved productivity and increased efficiency.

Terror from skies as Mexican cartel attaches bomb to drone
The Washington Times | 10/24/2017
Mexican police discovered four men carting a kamikaze drone equipped with an IED and a remote detonator last week, in what analysts say is an example of cartels figuring out how to weaponizing UAVs.

Battelle drone-fighting device rated top new security technology by Popular Science
The Columbus (OH) Dispatch | 10/23/2017
The Battelle DroneDefender C-UAS, a device aimed at disabling rogue drones, has been recognized by Popular Science magazine as the Best of What's New for 2017 in the security category.

Boeing bets on pilotless planes
Crain's Chicago Business | 10/20/2017
Boeing is preparing for a future that involves pilotless commercial airplanes. The biggest challenges, though, are more likely to be societal than technological. The aerospace giant announced Oct. 5 that it plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences, a company in Manassas, Va., with products that include a robotic co-pilot and software that can sense landing strips.

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