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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
February 15, 2017
 
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UASCI Newsletter First Edition!

Hello and thank you for taking the time to open up our inaugural newsletter. Whether you currently operate in any UAS market, are interested in this ever-expanding industry, or just want to know when your pizza will be deliverd by a drone, we hope you enjoy receiving this information.

We will do our best to provide you with current news, commercialization opportunities, education, and events related to the UAS industry.

If UAS is not your industry focus, then enjoy following exciting new technologies or pass on information to someone in your network. We can guarentee that each newsletter will include at least one story that could stimulate a great dinner conversation.

And finally, if you have a relevant event or activity we should know about, please contact us.

Thank you on behalf of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative made possible by funding through the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C.


Featured Items

How to Invest in Drone Technology
From Lady Gaga using hundreds of Intel Corp. Shooting Star drones during the Super Bowl halftime to Amazon.com's patent for its blimp-like airborne flying center to help drones quickly deliver packages, there are plenty of reasons unmanned aerial...

Kansas UAS director outlines initial drone plans
The state of Kansas is investing in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, with the hiring of Bob Brock, the nation's first state director of UAS systems. Brock was hired in May 2016 after completing a 22-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, including...

Area legislators take on task of drone legislation
While industries are looking to drones to save money, area legislators said some are successful while others refrain from using them because there are no guidelines in place at the state level. Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, and Rep. Pat Ownbey,...

Vigilant Aerospace Completes Beyond Line-of-Sight UAS Detect-and-Avoid Flight Testing at NASA Armstrong
Vigilant Aerospace has completed successful beyond line-of-sight flight testing of its new FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid collision avoidance system for unmanned aircraft at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The tests...

Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles
Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring "sense and avoid" technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks.

DARPA Funds Cardboard UAV Project
A new research project funded by DARPA, the United States military's experimental technology arm, has developed an autonomous drone made out of cardboard that can fly twice the distance of any fixed-range aircraft because it's disposable. The drone...

UAS facility could be built at Salina's KSU campus
A facility at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus to house the school's unmanned aircraft systems program received a boost Tuesday when Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, was named to the Joint Committee on State Building Construction.

Upcoming UASCI Events

SBIR Workshop
March 9, 2017
Stillwater, OK
Save the Date - Meridian Technology Center
A full day workshop featuring Jim Greenwood and SBIR Agency Reps

SBIR Workshop
March 10, 2017
Wichita, KS
Save the Date
Wichita State University
A full day workshop featuring Jim Greenwood and SBIR Agency Reps

Free Webinar - Angels in the Outfield: An Intro to Angel Investors and How to Pitch to Them
March 21, 2017 1-2 pm CST
Save the Date - March 21, 2017 1 -2 pm CST

Join us for this one-hour webinar designed to introduce entrepreneurs and early-stage. UAS companies to the world of angel investing. Attendees will gain valuable insight
into angel investors, such as:
-Who are angel investors?
-Where can they be found?
-What investment opportunities interest them?
-What are the best ways to pitch them your technologies?
-Plus much more!

Upcoming Industry Events

2017 Student UAS Competition
April 28 -30, 2017
Alma, QC
The purpose of the competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and...

AUVSI's Xponential
May 8 - May 11, 2017
Dallas, TX
On May 8, 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will come together to shape the future of our industry. If you've never attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL – this is the one year you don't want to...

Demand for Unmanned
June 6 - 7, 2017
Denver, CO
Now, in it's second year, our DEMAND for UNMANNED® UAS symposium brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and...

ASCEND
July 19 - 21, 2017
Portland, OR
ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed...

UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

InterDrone
September 6 - 8, 2017
Dallas, TX

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...

Headlines

Lady Gaga Halftime Drone Swarm Was Pretaped to Shield Crowd
Bloomberg | Feb. 7 | Aerial Drone Photography | Commercial | Entertainment | Marketing | Media | Navigation | Public Safety | Security | Transportation

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution
UAS Magazine | Feb. 3 | Commercial | Consumer | Hardware | Navigation | Public Safety | Radar | Sensors | Software | Transportation

UAS integration moves forward at second advisory meeting
DLA Piper | Feb. 2 | Commercial | Navigation | Operating System | Platforms | Public Safety | Security | Sensors | Software | Transportation

The Benefits of Low Power ADS-B for UAS
Inside Unmanned Systems | Jan. 31 | Drone Management | Hardware | Navigation | Operating System | Platforms | Sensors | Software

Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations: The Next Target for FAA Regulation
Commercial UAV News | Jan. 30 | Commercial | Delivery | Navigation | Operating System | Platforms | Public Safety | Radar | Sensors | Software | UAV Program Development

Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future
TechCrunch.com | Jan. 29 | Command/Control Vehicles | Commercial | Delivery | Emergency Services | Hardware | Navigation | Operating System | Pilots | Sensors | Transportation | UAV Program Development

National Park allows drone inside Great Sand Dunes park for scientific research
Denver Post | Jan. 24 | Aerial Drone Photography | Data Collection | Environmental | Inspection & Monitoring | Natural Resources | Navigation | Surveying

Student group promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to build drones
Penn State News | Jan. 24 | Delivery | Emergency Services | Inspection & Monitoring | Natural Resources | Payload | Public Safety | Security

The Military May Soon Buy the Same Drones You Do
WIRED | Jan. 23 | Commercial | Hardware | Imaging | Inspection & Monitoring | Military | Security | Sensors | Surveying

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market Dynamics, Forecast, Analysis and Supply Demand 2017-2027
SBWire | Jan. 23 | Commercial | Imaging | Security

How State Agencies are Using Drones
Commercial UAV News | Jan. 19 | Commercial | Construction | Data Collection | Data Processing | Drone Management | Inspection & Monitoring | Public Safety | Surveying | Transportation

Broad acceptance of drones — and industry growth — depends on smart regulation
Las Vegas Sun | Jan. 16 | Commercial | Consumer | Delivery | Drone Management | Navigation | Pilots | Platforms | Public Safety | Security | Sensors | Software | Transportation | UAV Program Development

Research flights lay the groundwork for teaching unmanned aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles
sUAS News | Jan. 13 | Commercial | Data Collection | Delivery | Drone Management | Navigation | Operating System | Platforms | Sensors | Software

DRONES TO THE RESCUE — 3 state colleges combine skills to build ambulance drones
Mississippi Business Journal | Jan. 12 | Commercial | Delivery | Emergency Services | Navigation | Payload | Platforms | Public Safety

FAA Tees Up to Draft Next Drone Rule for Flights Out of Sight
Bloomberg BNA | Jan. 11 | Commercial | Delivery | Drone Management | Navigation | Public Safety


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