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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
February 13, 2018  

UAS in the News
5 Ways Drones Are Changing the World
Driving the growth of the unmanned aerial systems industry is new and expanding application areas. Aerial technology is transforming industries of all types by optimizing processes, cutting costs, and reaching both figurative and literal places that...

Legislators Provide Look at School Funding, UAS in Kansas
Area representatives were on hand recently in Salina, Kansas, to give an update on the 2018 Legislative Session in Topeka. Topics ranged from concerns about allowing the use of recreational or medical marijuana in our state – to the growth of...

Intel's Winter Olympics light show featured a record-breaking 1,218 drones
The Olympics opening ceremony is always a big show, and this year was no exception, with Intel joining in on the fun with a record-setting performance of 1,218 Shooting Star drones flying in sync to create huge light-up images of Olympic sports and...
Technology Spotlight
Enhanced Solar Cells
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Solar cells and batteries are needed to keep smaller drones and unmanned systems loitering in air for longer periods of time. Extended batteries allow for enhanced operations. The goal for researchers was to create higher efficiency, low mass, durable photovoltaic cells; specifically, excitonic solar cells. Researchers at China Lake have invented a new technology for increasing the efficiency and durability of solar cells by enhancing and trapping light absorbance. New portable power could include extending the range of electric powered drones or power for distributed sensors (security cameras), etc.

Contact: Marti Elder, CLP
Phone: 406-586-7621

Here's how artificial intelligence is helping businesses find new product ideas
Upcoming UASCI Events
SBIR Workshop
March 6, 2018
Wichita State University Wichita, KS
This one day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR process of preparing a competitive Phase 1 SBIR/STTR proposal and an overview of the business side of the SBIR proposal.

SBIR Workshop
March 7, 2018
This one day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR process of preparing a competitive Phase 1 SBIR/STTR proposal and an overview of the business side of the SBIR proposal.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
April 14, 2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 2017. 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.

Drones and the Future of Food 
April 24, 2018
Enid, OK
Hosted by the Enid Regional Development Alliance

The Perfect Pitch Presentation Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
May 9, 2018

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018

UAS Tech Forum 2018
September 12 - 13, 2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
Registration opening soon.
Upcoming Industry Events
Dronetech America - The conference for commercial drones
April 25 - 26, 2018
New York City, NY
Dronetech America is about more than flying robots, it's about the intersection of advanced technologies that have the power to transform the world! ​

Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition
April 25-26, 2018
San Francisco, CA
sUSB Expo the Silicon Valley Drone Show is a commercial sUAS event for business to business exchange of ideas on commerce. The Expo features guest speakers from around the world and a SAR workshop, new in 2018 sUSB Expo Demo Field Day.

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...
Governments dream of drone-based development | 02/09/2018
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of narrowing down a list of applications from state and local governments that want to be a part of the nationwide Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program. The three-year pilot program was launched last fall to solicit proposals for advanced UAS operations that will expand commercial UAS operations and help the FAA determine how to safely integrate drones into the U.S. airspace.

The Future of Flying Is All About Drones
Behind the noisy aerobatic flight displays and lines of visitors ogling fighter jets and missiles on the tarmac, the future of aviation is on display in a cavernous exhibition hall at Asia's largest airshow. And it's drones.

Air, land and sea show continued growth for unmanned systems
Washington Technology | 02/05/2018
In the area of autonomous platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles have become the most matured segment to-date as the military has quickly valued their abilities in surveillance and strike missions. But as for at sea and on land, the competitive landscape for vendors is largely still shaking itself out as they require more development to get to production, according to a new report posted Feb. 1 by Govini.

Louisiana's government and corporate drone usage grows
The Louisiana Weekly | 02/05/2018
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems are used in Louisiana for coastal mapping and restoration, flood monitoring, wildlife surveys, crop management, law enforcement and oil-and-gas activities. Nationally, small drones registered with the Federal Aviation Administration exceeded one million last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. While most of those operators were recreational, 122,000 of them were commercial, public and other types, DOT said.

Colorado construction sites abuzz with drones, as industry embraces unmanned aircraft
From Summit County to Denver's Central Business District, drones — frequently called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs by industry professionals — are being put to work on construction sites across Colorado these days, part of a national trend as business owners get better acquainted with the devices' capabilities, the savings they can generate and the federal guidelines regulating them.

Q&A: Aviation attorney tackles the drones and privacy issue
UAS Magazine | 01/31/2018
Kevin Moon, an aviation attorney and senior counsel for the Clyde & Co law firm in the San Francisco area, says that the increased use of unmanned aircraft systems will lead to increased privacy claims against government entities, private citizens and businesses.

The Legacy of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Commercial Drone Regulation
Commercial UAV News | 01/31/2018
On January 6th, Michael Huerta's five-year term as FAA Administrator came to an end. Several important milestones for the commercial drone industry occurred during his tenure, including the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, the establishment of the Drone Advisory Committee and the rollout of Part 107. Despite presiding over one of the most challenging and controversial times that the FAA has ever encountered, the agency nonetheless experienced an unprecedented safety record during his term, with no fatalities on U.S.-regulated passenger carriers.

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