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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
January 17, 2020  

UAS in the News
Listen to This! The BBB Bistro Podcast – Consumer Insights on Drones
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Podcast Series, The Bistro, features a drone panel this week – with DRONELIFE Editor-in-Chief Miriam McNabb and Matt Scassero, Director of the UMD UAS Test Site. Listen to Matt and Miriam discuss the biggest...

Mysterious Drones: Theories continue to grow about mystery drones seen in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska
People insist they have spotted fleets of large drones crisscrossing rural America's night sky, their mission mysterious, raising questions that have veered into conspiracy theories and launching an investigation. Authorities in Colorado have tried...

Wyoming Drone Pilots Have Concerns About Proposed FAA Rules
Several Wyoming drone pilots are expressing some concerns about proposed FAA rules that would require drones to broadcast user ID information.

Governor Cuomo Unveils 23rd Proposal of 2020 State of the State: Investing $9 Million in Unmanned Aerial System Experimentation and Test Facility at Griffiss International Airport
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced recently his 2020 State of the State agenda, which included investing $9 million to establish a small unmanned aerial system, or sUAS, experimentation and test facility, or "skydome", at Griffiss...
Technology Spotlight
Full motion video to 3D maps software
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Army scientists invented software that rapidly creates 2D and 3D maps from Full Motion Video (FMV).

The software solution ingests an FMV file or live UDP stream (User Datagram Protocol) from an airborne drone or aircraft.

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

Contact: Quinton King, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7795

Weekly tech roundup featuring technology manager top five picks for January 2020
Upcoming Industry Events
UAS West (DoD and Government)
San Diego, CA
Military spending for this technology is expected to grow as an overall percentage of large military budgets such as the United States' and Chinese defense budget, offering specialized drone manufacturers and software developers a tremendous...

3rd International Conference & Expo on Aerospace and Unmanned Aerial Systems 2020
02/17/2020 - 02/18/2020
Philadelphia, PA
The 3rd International Conference & Expo on Aerospace and Unmanned Aerial Systems 2020 brings together senior attendees interested in Aerospace and Aeronautics.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
Washington, D.C.
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.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 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...

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA

World UAV Federation
06/19/2020 - 06/21/2020
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...

August 18-20, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Apple turns to drone and aviation specialist for Washington DC lobbying efforts
9to5Mac | 01/15/2020
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has turned to a top lobbyist to help it engage on drone and aviation law in Washington D.C. 

Proposed FAA Drone Rules Prompt Industry Pushback
Engineering News-Record | 01/15/2020
In late December, the FAA published proposed regulations governing the usage of drones in the U.S., triggering a pushback from drone professionals over rules requiring live transmitting of drone locations during operation.

DJI supports Remote ID but warns against FAA's "deeply flawed" NPRM
DroneDJ | 01/14/2020
The main topic of discussion over the last few weeks has been the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Remote ID for drones that was released right after Christmas last year.

DroneUp to provide Alaska with public drone services
GPS World | 01/14/2020
DroneUp LLC and the State of Alaska have signed a Participating Addendum for the NASPO ValuePoint contract for unmanned aerial vehicle services.

Springfield leading the state in unmanned aircraft operations, UAS official says
Springfield News-Sun | 01/14/2020
An official with the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center on Monday that the Springfield, Ohio-based center is helping lead the way for unmanned aircraft operations across the country.

Shouldn't We All Squawk While Flying?
Inside Unmanned Systems | 01/13/2020
The FAA will undoubtedly require Urban Air Mobility drones to broadcast their ID and position via drone remote ID gear as well as manned aircraft ID such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast and transponders. But is the FAA doing enough...

GAO: FAA Could Better Leverage Test Site Program to Advance Drone Integration
Homeland Security Today | 01/10/2020
The FAA could make better use of the data it collects from the nine test sites as part of its UAS Integration Pilot Program, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Police drones are falling from the sky when it rains, report finds - WISC-TV3 | 01/10/2020
Drones used by UK police forces are falling out of the sky when it rains, a report by the country's Air Accidents Investigation Branch has found.

Surveillance Plane Joins Intensifying Hunt For Mystery Drones Over Colorado And Nebraska
The Drive | 01/08/2020
After meeting with various agencies, the FAA launched a task force to identify the origins of the drone formations seen above Colorado and Nebraska in recent weeks.

Tech 101: Construction drones
Construction Dive | 01/08/2020
Contractors are using drones to record images and videos that help optimize everything from grading plans and operations to identifying differences between as-designed and as-built site plans.

Drones effective tools for fruit farmers | 01/06/2020
University of Idaho researchers have been applying UAS technology to the state's fruit industry. The overall goal is to strengthen sustainability and competitiveness of Idaho fruit tree producers.

New York officials propose using drones to inspect buildings
Dezeen | 01/06/2020
New York City officials are pushing to legalise the use of drones for facade inspections after an architect was reportedly killed by falling debris from a building in the city.

Colorado drone mystery sightings finally might be solved
Colorado Springs Gazette | 01/05/2020
The mysterious drone swarms spotted over Colorado that have vexed the governor, law enforcement and residents might not be so mysterious after all. While no one has taken responsibility, the answer could be a secretive Air Force program intended to...

Talking with Kespry's Jason Nichols: Drone Use in Construction Will Continue to Grow
UAS Commercial News | 01/03/2020
Commercial UAV News recently spoke with Jason Nichols, product marketing manager for Kespry, about how the company's business has grown, why drones are increasingly being adopted in construction and more.

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