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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
April 19, 2019  

SBIR Road Tour Coming to Kansas and Oklahoma
Connect with Program Managers from the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer programs in Oklahoma City on May 20 and in Kansas City on May 21.

If you're an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher or small business, take advantage of this coveted opportunity to hear directly from federal agency representatives and meet one-on-one with agency decision makers.

Over a dozen SBIR agency representatives will be available for one-on-ones.

For more information on each stop visit:
UAS in the News
DJI drones helped track and stop the Notre Dame fire
Parisian firefighters used DJI drones to track the progression of the Notre Dame fire and to find the best positions to aim fire hoses.

Sentient Blue Technologies Wins GENIUS NY with Micro Gas Turbines for Drones
Sentient Blue, a company from Italy that is developing micro gas turbines to power drones, has won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition in Syracuse and each of the four runners up won $500,000.

FAA to award first drone delivery service license in the U.S. next month
A Federal Aviation Administration official said that the agency expects to award the first license to operate a drone delivery service next month. The spokesperson did not name the company that would be receiving the license but it seems that the...

Drones could be the future of weather forecasting
University of Oklahoma meteorology professor and drone researcher Phillip Chilson has a vision, and it goes something like this: A network of 30-foot mesonet towers is stationed throughout the country to sample air pressure, temperature, humidity,...
Technology Spotlight
Counter-swarm interception with self-organizing sacrificial UAVs
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Small watercraft such as jet skis and speedboats represent asymmetric threats to Navy vessels as they can carry large caches of onboard explosives or guided and unguided weapons to attack the ship. One of the most severe asymmetric threat tactics that needs to be countered is described as the swarm tactic.

The Navy has developed a counter swarm system that includes a group of UAVs (air-dropped canisters with small explosive payload, and maneuverability functionality) working together for target detection, tracking, guidance, positioning, and wireless communication.

Businesses can license this technology for commercial and/or military development.

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

Weekly tech roundup: drone technology special edition
Upcoming UASCI Events
Droneports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL
April 29, 2019
Chicago, IL
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
June 19, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
June 19, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
AUVSI Xponential
April 29 - May 2, 2019
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

Oklahoma SBIR Road Tour
May 20, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK
Registration is Open - Connect with Program Managers from the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Kansas SBIR Road Tour
May 21, 2019
Kansas City, KS
NON-DILUTIVE FUNDING TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES. Every year, the Dept. of Defense, National Science Foundation, NASA, Dept. of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and other government...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
May 21 - 23, 2019
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.

Concordia, KS
Registration Deadline July 22. Cloud County Community College Renewable Energy Technology will be providing comprehensive training this summer for those High School Teachers tasked with introducing drones into their curriculum.

FAA UAS Symposium
June 3 - 5, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Together with AUVSI, the Federal Aviation Administration organizes the FAA UAS Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 12-14, 2019. The FAA says that they are "getting down to business. We're not waiting for what's next, we're...

Drone Expo East
June 27 - 30, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Drone Expo International has announced Drone Expo East, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the eastern United States.

Fly K-State Academy
July 22-25, 2019
Salina, KS
Registration is limited to 12 participants. Do you dream of flying? Are you an aspiring pilot? The Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team is your host as you start your pilot training at Fly K-State Academy. Complete four missions designed to push...
Up in arms: Insect-inspired arm technology aims to improve drones
Science Daily | 04/16/2019
A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that works in windy conditions, is more energy efficient and can handle a larger payload.

Airport Benefits of Drone Technology
Aviation Pros | 04/15/2019
With the introduction of drone specific regulations such as the 14 CFR Part 107, a safety culture was created for unmanned aircraft similar to that of manned aircraft. Part 107 lowers the potential hazard of drone activities while allowing their potential benefits to increase. In an interesting twist, the drones that once posed a hazard for airports can provide valuable services within the airport environment.

Forget The Ambulance - In The Future A Drone May Take You To The Hospital
Forbes | 04/15/2019
Today, much of the technology involved in public safety revolves around automobiles. If a crime is committed, a police car rushes to the scene. In the event of a fire, a fire truck is quickly dispatched. An injured person is picked up by an ambulance. All of these vehicles run the risk of being held up by traffic. But what if all of these situations could be addressed quickly and cheaply by an unmanned aircraft that bypasses the cars on the ground? In fact, such drones are already being used by emergency services.

Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage
Venture Beat | 04/15/2019
Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. 

The case for digital license plates for drones
UAS Magazine | 04/15/2019
National security and maintaining safe airspace are important factors for the FAA to create a requirement for remote ID for drones. Such a system will also have other benefits.

BNSF receives FAA exemption to advance drone operations
Progressive Railroading | 04/12/2019
BNSF Railway Co. last week was granted exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which will help lay the foundation for expanded drone operations.

NC Drone Company Launches Real Time Video Streaming System For Emergency Response, Search & Rescue, and Infrastructure Inspections | 04/12/2019
Triangle UAS LLC, a provider of innovative unmanned aircraft system services and technology, has launched a real-time drone video streaming system to enhance situational awareness during disaster/accident response, search & rescue, and fire department events.

Police drone usage takes off
The Daily Leader | 04/12/2019
The Brookhaven Police Department hopes to join almost 1,000 other agencies nationwide in using an unmanned aerial system, or drone. 

What Excites Me About AeroVironment Stock
Motley Fool | 04/11/2019
There's plenty to be excited about after AeroVironment reported results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter. AeroVironment, a leading developer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, reported 38% revenue growth and a gross margin of 40%, both a year-over-year improvement.

Drones' Newest Cargo Might Just Be Human Organs | 04/09/2019
Joseph Scalea, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, has begun testing drones outfitted with coolers and biosensors that can monitor an organ's health throughout its aerial journey—the first design of its kind in the last 65 years of organ transport.

Grand Forks launches collaborative effort to monitor flooding with UND, local UAS sector
Grand Fork Herald | 04/08/2019
The city of Grand Forks began working this past weekend with several entities from the local sector for unmanned aerial systems to monitor flooding in areas that will either experience high water levels or in areas the city is less familiar with.

Railroads continue to tap drone technology to inspect track, bridges
Progressive Railroading | 04/08/2019
With an extensive network of main tracks and sidings inspected weekly and bridges inspected yearly — or more often as determined by the Federal Railroad Administration's track and bridge safety standards — railroads have been slowly adopting and testing drone technology to supplement their inspection efforts since around 2015

Sabrewing is making unmanned VTOL air cargo hauling a commercial reality
Freight Waves | 04/08/2019
Startup Sabrewing Aircraft Company designs and manufactures vertical takeoff and landing UAVs that can be used to transport cargo across a region.

School of Mines team's hummingbird-sized drones fly into the spotlight
Rapid City Journal | 04/07/2019
A team of researchers at the South Dakota School of MInes and Technology hope to use swarms of hummingbird-sized drones to traverse and map fields for everything from precision agriculture to military topography.

Drones are flying on Miami's campus in an effort to increase efficiency
The Miami (OH) Student | 04/04/2019
Miami University in Ohio is using drones to inspect roofs and gutters of some buildings in an effort to increase efficiencies.

This is the Tool that Could Have Prevented the $65 Million Gatwick Closures – Dedrone Releases DroneTracker 4
DroneLife | 04/04/2019
The Gatwick Airport closures in December of last year are still a hot topic in the drone industry, especially now that estimates of the cost of the incident have been released – a whopping $65 million.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

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