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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
August 4, 2017  

A critical piece of any thriving industry ecosystem is the workforce. With stories of drones doing more and more every day I am happy to shift gears this week to a workforce development success story.

I had the pleasure to speak with folks at Cloud Country Community College this week about their new drone curriculum.

Cloud County Community College is the first college in Kansas to adopt the Unmanned Safety Institute's (USI) drone curriculum. USI offers the only training certifications recognized by major aviation insurance providers and the FAA

Read the story included in this week's newsletter for all the details.

Last day to save $50 and secure your ticket for the, UAS Tech Forum
UAS in the News
MetroTech - UAS Business and Contracting Symposium
Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma City will be hosting the UAS Business & Contracting Symposium on August 8. The event has several sponsors, including KOKH FOX 25 and the UAS Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas. The event brings government...

Scholars shed light on 'moving target' of drone regulation in the US
Love 'em or hate 'em, drones—or, unmanned aerial systems—are increasingly a part of life for millions in the U.S. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration estimates annual sales of drones should hit 7 million by 2020. But a growing thicket of...

Cloud County Community College to adopt Unmanned Safety Institute's drone curriculum
Cloud County Community College will become the first college in Kansas to adopt the Unmanned Safety Institute's (USI) drone curriculum, as the school will reportedly use the curriculum as a "precursor to drone operations involving renewable energy...

Bi-state symposium on drones to be held in Wichita
A group calling itself the UAS Cluster Initiative for Oklahoma and Kansas will host a more than day-long gathering next month in Wichita. The UAS Tech Forum 2017 will be held Aug. 30-31 at Wichita State University's Innovation Campus and the...
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Business & Contracting Symposium
August 8, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK
Drones are increasingly used in everything! UAS Business & Contracting Symposium is a convergence of government and private industry stakeholders who recognize the potential of the UAS industry and are interested in UAS considerations, challenges and answers.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
August, 25-27, 2017
Tulsa University - Reynolds Center, H.A. Chapman Stadium and Mabee Gym
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus. UAV systems are effective in recruiting middle and high school students to fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The industrial applications of UAV systems continue to expand, and TU is home to innovative UAV research.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Early Bird Registration ends July 21. Register now to get the best rate.
Upcoming Industry Events
UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

September 6 - 8, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...
Tethered UAS to Patrol at Trump Golf Club
Unmanned Aerial Online | 08/02/2017
The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly planning to deploy a tethered unmanned aircraft system later this month at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Robots bring the future to Nebraska
The Grand Island (NE) Independent | 07/31/2017
According to a recent article from the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, technology is becoming more and more integrated on the farms and ranches of Nebraska, including the use of unmanned aerial systems..

The Future Takes Flight at DU | 07/31/2017
Led by research scientist Kostas Kanistras, the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at the University of Denver is attempting to improve UAV technology by allowing for shorter takeoffs, all while increasing payload and overall flight times

Drones are used for everything from saving lives to land surveying, but training lags behind
The Denver Post | 07/29/2017
Ten years ago, everyday use of civilian drones sounded more like science-fiction than social policy. Today, falling costs and improving technologies have helped launch the aviation vehicles in the public sector, where UAVs are used for everything from surveying and mapping to search and rescue, and from law enforcement to fighting wildfires.

New drone apps, technology create invisible fences
The Florida Times-Union | 07/29/2017
More and more systems are being developed to make sure drones — both commercial and hobbyists — don't stray into FAA restricted air space in areas such as airports or military installations. With that, so-called "geofencing" is being added to drones, either with components being fixed to the device or through mobile applications that control their flights.

Amazon Gets Patent for Snooping Drone
24/7 Wall St. | 07/28/2017
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week approved U.S. patent number 9,714,089 for Inc. The patent is called "Trigger agents in video streams from homes" and would allow Amazon to analyze data it collects while delivering merchandise using unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.

Gryphon Sensors unveils drone-tracking system
Business Journal News Network | 07/27/2017
Gryphon Sensors, a company of SRC Inc. in Cicero, New York, has developed a mobile unmanned traffic-management (UTM) system called mobile skylight.

UB engineer sees drones as more than eyes in the sky for disaster response
University at Buffalo Reporter | 07/27/2017
Souma Chowdhury, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo (NY) sees UAV technology playing an increasingly critical role in emergency responses and disaster-relief operations around the world..

NASA Grant Funds Research Into Tracking UAVs
NC State News | 07/24/2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University are launching a project aimed at researching and developing high-performance communications, networking and air traffic management systems, including navigation and surveillance for both manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. The work is supported by a three-year, $1.33 million grant from NASA's University Leadership Initiative.

Drone racing lifts off, delivering ‘out of body' experiences
San Francisco Chronicle | 07/23/2017
Last Thursday, San Francisco's Aerial Sports League — one of the first groups in the country to organize drone competitions — turned the Palace of Fine Arts Theater into a looping, quarter-mile indoor drone drag race course, filled with the loud whiney buzz of drones speeding more than 100 mph. The event drew 16 pilots from throughout California, from ages 11 to 45.

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