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January 25, 2022  

Spotlight: UASCI Technology Transfer services
Jack James, UASCI Technology Commercialization Consultant

"No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else," Bill Joy, founder Sun Microsystems. Also known as Joy's Law.

UASCI is implementing a technology transfer service to support UAS and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry development in Oklahoma. Every year the federal government conducts or sponsors research and technology development in over 300 federal laboratories and thousands of universities. The strength of this R&D effort has driven much of the US economy for the past 60 years. One of UASCI's objectives is to leverage this vast resource and present UAS/AAM commercial opportunities to entrepreneurs and businesses.

To accomplish this, UASCI will use established criteria to identify technologies that have the commercial potential emphasizing UAS and AAM vehicle systems, battery, sensor and operational technologies. We will coordinate with the applicable research lab and inventor to produce live, online presentations on the subject technologies. UASCI is planning 3 events each with 3 technology presentations.

"It's better to create an ecology that gets all the world's smartest people toiling in your garden for your goals." Also, from Bill Joy

For entrepreneurs or companies interested in a technology, the labs offer licensing and partnership opportunities. The strength of the opportunities is not just accessing the specific technology but also building research relationships to access ongoing research and knowledge in that subject.

Watch for further announcements on this service and expect that the first presentations sometime in April. For now, if you have ideas on specific problem or technology need related to UAS or AAM that you would like to see covered, please send an email to Jack James at
Upcoming Industry Events
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Field Test Industry Day hosted jointly by the FAA and NASA
March 14, 2022
YouTube Live Stream

UAS BVLOS (Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight) & AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) System Safety and Performance Conference
March 17, 2022
Leesberg, VA and online

"AERO Oklahoma" Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Awareness Day
March 30, 2022
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 2022 Emerging Aviation Technology Conference
April 4 - 5, 2022
Durant, OK

April 25-28, 2022
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Commercial UAV Expo
September 6-8, 2022
Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV
Droneport Headlines
Wingcopter Spright partnership brings drone deliveries to Kansas
The Drone Girl | 02/15/2022
German drone delivery giant Wingcopter is coming to the U.S. in a big way — and it's bringing the ability to conduct medical deliveries via drone with it. The company has signed a $16 million agreement with Spright, which is a subsidiary of...
Industry Headlines
NCDOT Launches National First with Tethered Drones on IMAP Trucks
sUAS News | 02/22/2022
Two N.C. Department of Transportation programs combined to be the first in the nation to launch an innovative technology pilot with their safety service patrol that should improve safety on North Carolina roadways.

UAV Propulsion System Market is projected to reach a Value of ~US$ 8.5 Bn by 2027; North America is expected to dominate the Industry
Digital Journal | 02/22/2022
Transparency Market Research delivers key insights on the global UAV propulsion system market. In terms of revenue, the global UAV propulsion system market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of ~13% during the forecast period, owing to numerous...

Echodyne Radars to be Integrated into Northrop Grumman Counter-UAS Systems
Unmanned Systems Technology | 02/19/2022
Echodyne has entered into a partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation that will expands upon existing efforts to integrate Echodyne radars into select Northrop Grumman advanced defense and security solutions. The initial work will focus on...

North Dakota Department of Commerce Awards Grand Farm $10 Million Matching Grant to Advance Autonomous Agriculture Technology
sUAS News | 02/17/2022
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has selected Grand Farm as a recipient of the department's Autonomous Agriculture Technology Matching Grant. 

Dedrone and Carahsoft Partner to Make Dedrone's CUAS Tech Available to Public Sector
dronelife | 02/16/2022
Today, smart airspace security market leader Dedrone and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, announced a strategic partnership that will bring the anti-drone security solution to the Public Sector. This new...

Built-in Intelligence Comes to Small, Pilotless Fixed-wing Planes
UAS | 02/15/2022
Most small autonomous fixed-wing aircraft are guided by a commercial controller, which works well for simple paths. But high winds, for instance, can cause a pilotless aircraft to go off course and crash. Demanding paths for demanding applications...

DroneShield for Texas Counter UAS Strategy: a Statewide Acquisition Framework
dronelife | 02/14/2022
DroneShield Limited, a developer and manufacturer of counter-drone technology, said this week it has entered into a contract framework with the state of Texas that will simplify the purchase of its technology by state and local governments and...

India bans the import of foreign drones
sUAS News | 02/13/2022
In a move that I personally think is a huge mistake, the Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) announced that it's effectively game over for DJI and others in India.

FAA Begins New Phase of Testing to Safely Integrate Drones into the National Airspace
FAA | 02/11/2022
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin field-testing new drone-traffic-management capabilities to further integrate these aircraft into the National Airspace System.  

Pittsburgh drone tech company provides bridge evaluation resources.
sUAS News | 02/11/2022
A Pittsburgh-based company is using its innovative drone technology to scan bridges and partner with engineers and policymakers to help identify infrastructure and stability issues.

APSA and AIRT Collaborate: Standardizing Public Safety Drone Operations with NIST Testing
dronelife | 02/09/2022
Non-profit organizations the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) and the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) have entered into an agreement of cooperation in order to support the implementation of the National Institute for Standards...

New commercial BVLOS 12-mile milestone – longest distance allowed by FAA for Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies
sUAS News | 02/09/2022
Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies, the leading commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) service provider in the US, have secured their third BVLOS waiver, resulting in more efficient tech-enabled...

A milestone year for future air mobility
McKinsey & Company | 02/08/2022
The future air mobility (FAM) industry had a record year in 2021. Building on recent trends, such as technological advances, increased focus on environmental sustainability, and growing vehicle traffic congestion, this was the year that put FAM on...

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