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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
December 7, 2017  

UAS in the News
Drone Testing Could Come to Osage County
Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn provided a presentation to the Osage County Commissioners Monday morning regarding an opportunity to bring more tech jobs and services to the County through aerospace technology. Red Corn and many others...

Industrial drone company Kespry raises $33 million
Industrial drone platform provider Kespry has raised $33 million in a series C round of funding led by G2VP, with participation from Cisco Investments, Shell Technology Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM Ventures, Spectrum 28, ABB Ventures,...

FAA Warns of Drone Collision Risks With Airplanes
The millions of small civilian drones plying the nation's skies can cause significant damage to airliners and business jets in a midair collision, new research commissioned by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration concluded.
Technology Spotlight
Precision ground measurements from an unmanned aerial system (UAS) platform
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Corona Division
Navy researchers have developed an aerial platform based measurement system configured to operate in a variety of locations to measure distances, determine ground points, analyze speed of moving objects, and perform other velocity measurements and analyses. The UAS platform is configured to establish a measurement or coordinate area in which to detect objects, distance between objects relative to each other, and the velocity of objects moving within the area. The system includes an inertial measurement unit to determine attitude, a global navigation satellite system, a scaling unit and a gimbal control unit.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

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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...
Game of drones: College of Science students test the use of unmanned aircraft systems for research
Nevada Today | 12/01/2017
While most spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving waiting for the buzz of their oven timers, two classes at the University of Nevada, Reno spent the afternoon listening to a different kind of buzzing at the University's drone testing field in South Reno. Geology department professor, Scott Tyler and department chair and professor Wendy Calvin brought two classes of graduate students outside to get hands-on experience flying drones as a tool for research.

DJI Slams Suspicions Its Drones Harvest Data For The Chinese Government
DJI has been trying to get in contact with the the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) this month to complain about what appears to be an official memo claiming the company's drones are likely collecting sensitive data from U.S. critical infrastructure and could well be sending it back to the firm's homeland government in China.

House panel presses FAA to curtail drone dangers | 11/29/2017
As the number of small unmanned aerial systems continues to grow, legislators are pushing the Federal Aviation Administration to improve UAS safety without stalling commercial innovation.

Boulder eyes municipal drone uses, vows not to spy on people
Boulder (CO) Daily Camera | 11/28/2017
Boulder, Colo., may in the near future make use of drones to advance various municipal interests, ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to 3-D modeling to inform infrastructure design. But officials are first collecting public input before moving ahead with the program.

Research project controls drones using brainwaves
Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press | 11/26/2017
Controlling machines with brainwaves seems like science fiction, but if a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga research project succeeds, it could be the wave of the future. Daniel Pack, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTC, received about $300,000 grant from the U.S. Army to study technology that could allow soldiers to command drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, with their thoughts instead of burdensome equipment.

Drones expected to be popular gift again in 2017
The Daily Gazette News (Schenectady, NY) | 11/24/2017
Drones are forecast to be a hot holiday gift again this Christmas. The Consumer Technology Association expects 3.4 million of them to be purchased in the United States, 40 percent more than in 2016. Nearly half that total -- 1.6 million -- will be bought during the holiday season, the CTA predicted. That's a 31 percent increase over the 2016 holiday season.

How the Pentagon is preparing for the coming drone wars
More than a decade after the improvised explosive device became the scourge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is battling another relatively rudimentary device that threatens to wreak havoc on American troops: the drone. Stopping the drones has become a challenge for the Pentagon and its allies. In response, the Pentagon is attacking what it sees as a potentially major threat, working to develop lasers and microwaves to blast drones from the sky.

Attorneys see positive signs for UAS from federal government
UAS Magazine | 11/22/2017
Veteran aviation attorneys Mark Dombroff and Mark McKinnon believe the federal government is getting back on track with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace and moving more quickly toward commercialization. Although the two agree that there's been little regulatory activity of significance lately on the UAS front, they cite a number of factors for their overall optimism.

Drone Regulations Recommended To Legislature
Rochester (MI) Patch | 11/22/2017
Michigan's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force released a report of recommendations to the state Legislature regarding unmanned aerial systems, or drones. The report presents recommendations on creating a regulatory environment that respects state and federal areas of authority, but also establishes the state as a welcoming location to test, develop, and deploy this technology.

Power in numbers: OSU researcher works on robot swarms
Corvalis (OR) Gazette-Times | 11/22/2017
One of Oregon State University professor Julie Adams' projects involves building the infrastructure that will allow swarms of about 250 autonomous vehicles, both on the ground and in the air, to assist military troops in the field. Another involves researching bees to understand swarm behaviors and apply those lessons to robots.

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