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January 4, 2019  

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Vigilant Aerospace Provides Airspace Safety for 13-mile BVLOS Authorization at Oklahoma State University
Vigilant Aerospace Systems recently participated with Oklahoma State University in the first beyond visual line-of-sight drone flights authorized under a new, unique FAA Certificate of Authorization allowing flights in a 13-mile long corridor in...

Samsung May Launch a Foldable Drone, Patent Filing Tips
If a recent patent application is any indication, Samsung is planning to enter the drone market. According to a report, the South Korean tech giant is working on a foldable drone that will include features like a camera, gyroscope, accelerometer,...

Flying Into the Future: Drone Technology Forecasts for 2019
While drones have been around for a few years, algorithms and programming are only just now starting to catch up to drone capabilities, presenting exciting possibilities — not only for the next 12 months, but the next decade.
Technology Spotlight
Stacked power modules with integrated cooling
Army Research Lab
Army scientists have developed an approach for power electronics packaging which takes advantage of multi-functional components in a stacked architecture with integrated cooling. This technology could be deployed in diverse applications including hybrid and electric vehicles, UAVs, renewable energy systems, generators, aerospace, and oil drilling. It could also be used in lower powered systems including mobile phones, electronics chargers, and computers, where the cooling requirements would be much less but the packaging approach highly beneficial.

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Phone: 406-994-7782

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

Join us on January 9, 2019 for a presentation by Brian Meier of XWorks fromTulsa, Oklahoma, and Anthony Molzahn, CEO of AegisFlow, a product of Project Phoenix from Fargo, North Dakota,

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

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

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
CCCC Free Drone Workshop
Concordia, KS
To register for the workshop, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374. The deadline to register is January 5.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 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.

Rural and Independent Innovators Conference
Manhattan, KS
Do you have an innovative idea but are unsure of whether or how to move forward? Or are you a company looking to expand through innovation but do not know how to access innovative ideas? On January 28th and 29th, the Kansas SBDC will be hosting our...

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

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,...

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.
Hybrid Robotics Inc. creates flying/diving drone
Record Eagle | 01/02/2019
It started as two students helping two others get through a class.
It literally took off from there for four Northwestern Michigan College students, who landed with a community investment and a new business.

Israeli Drone Maker Aeronautics Confirms IAI Interest
Aeronautics' stock has been on a consistent slide since the company listed in June 2017, at least in part due to an investigation launched against the company and many of its senior executives

UAS BVLOS network successfully tested in eastern North Dakota
UAS Magazine | 01/02/2019
The University of North Dakota says it and its research partners achieved an unmanned aircraft systems industry milestone last month with the first-ever drone test flights over a specially developed network.

ANSI group releases UAS standardization roadmap
UAS Magazine | 01/01/2019
In late December, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released a UAS roadmap to encourage a coordinated approach to future standards development.
The roadmap examines 64 issue areas and makes recommendations for UAS standards in airworthiness, flight operations, personnel training, qualifications and certification.

Gatwick Fiasco Puts Anti-Drone Technology Under The Radar
Forbes | 12/31/2018
If 2018 was the year of the drone, 2019 could be the year of the anti-drone.
As London's Gatwick airport was closed for over 36 hours shortly before Christmas because of over 50 drone sightings, the big question many people were asking was why wasn't anti-drone technology deployed immediately? The answer is, it's complicated.

Will Samsung ever actually make a drone or just file patents?
South Korean electronics giant, Samsung has filed a number of drone patents with the U.S. Patents & Trademark Office over the last few years. Reportedly five in 2018 and as many as 16 drone patents in total.

NYPD drones will guard NYE ball drop at Times Square
For the first time, counter-drone technology and NYPD drones will guard the NYE ball drop at Times Square in New York. Police officials have said that there is no known threat to the New Year's Eve festivities in the city. The counter-drone technology and New York police drones will be present as a precaution and as part of the safety measures.

Drones Begin To Deliver On Their Potential For The Oil And Gas Sector
Forbes | 12/28/2018
The use of drones, in the oil and gas industry, is growing and the technology is ready to take off in a big way. It offers benefits to oil and gas operations in a numerous ways— safe and efficient maintenance and inspections among them—but the data that UAS technology provides is transforming the industry.

Forget Gatwick, Why The Deadliest Terrorist Threat From Drones Is Not At Our Airports
Forbes | 12/27/2018
Although international terrorism always targets headlines, Al Qaeda's tentacled network and 'spectacularization' have been traded for Islamic State's ruthless theater of evil and affiliated radicalization. Planning has given way to opportunism. Drones represent a halfway house. Some expertise is required, especially if adapting commercial drones, and the payload needs to be developed and delivered. But, get all that right and target locations are seemingly wide open.

Drones: How the world's airspace will change in 2019
air cargo news | 12/24/2018
In the past five years, the drone industry has seen impressive growth around the globe.

Drones Take Flight for a Variety of Missions in Government
FedTech Magazine | 12/20/2018
According to a GSA schedule consultancy, federal drone usage has boomed over the past four years. The Defense Department and CIA have used drones for years in a military context, but civilian agencies have also been turning to unmanned aerial vehicles to help them meet a variety of mission needs. 

Ohio Draws Out Long-Term Plans for Springfield UAS Center
Dayton Daily News | 12/20/2018
(TNS) — State officials said this week a new long-term plan to push unmanned vehicle technologies could boost resources and lead to more investment in Clark County, which houses the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center.
DriveOhio, an entity developed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, is tasked with pushing new technologies like autonomous vehicles to improve Ohio's transportation system. Springfield's UAS Center, at 4170 Allium Ct. serves as a hub for research and testing to advance drone technology for commercialization and looks for ways to integrate the technology into national airspace.

There's No Real System to Counter Rogue Drones
The Atlantic | 12/20/2018
The potential for tragic accidents—or deliberate attacks—has grown as drones have proliferated among hobbyists and businesses. Though technology does exist to track, divert, or disable rogue drones, those systems are being tested and rolled out slowly, on an ad hoc basis in a handful of locations around the country.
The Unmanned Air System Traffic Management (UTM) directory by
The following directory is a listing of available UTM systems, networks and components and is supplied free of charge to website visitors for information purposes only. The directory is under constant review and will be...

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