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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
April 24, 2020  

May 8th - Deadline to Apply for a Pitch Presentation at the UAS Tech Forum
I know what you are thinking...why apply so early, that's months away? Applying early has its advantages.

Year after year the pitch presentations are the most anticipated session at the UAS Tech Forum. The session will kick off with guest Moderator, Jeff Shackelford, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Center in Johnson County and Mid America Angels Investment Network providing some valuable wisdom and insight that is destined to prime the pump.

Only eight coveted spots are up for grabs. Each selected presenter has the opportunity to work with mentor teams to craft a concise 6-minute pitch deck. Access to resources, mentoring, a complimentary registration and more are all yours if selected.

The process is as valuable as the pitch. By applying and securing your spot early you can begin working with mentors and take advantage of all the resources available to you in the months leading up to the event.

To learn more about why you should apply visit, Apply to Pitch.

UAS in the News
Kratos wins $19 million in new drone contracts
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions recently won contract awards to build 21 jet-powered target drones, which the company manufactures in Oklahoma City.

OSU receives NASA award to study weather for drones
NASA awarded a team of Oklahoma State University researchers $5.2 million over the next four years to study low-level wind and turbulence forecasting.

OSU's new drone designed to keep rescuers out of harm's way following disasters
An Oklahoma State University researcher has created a drone encased in a protective cage that protects the propellers from debris, while also protecting people from the propellers.

NASA names OSU lead institution for strategic research initiative
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has honored a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University with the University Leadership Initiative Award.

OKC police unveils $50,000 drone program
The Oklahoma City Police Department recently unveiled two drones for use at the scenes of traffic accidents and outdoor crimes
Technology Spotlight
40mm counter-drone munitions
Army CCDC Armaments Center

Two researchers at the Army's Armament Center have invented novel 40mm grenade cartridges for kinetically disabling or destroying small UAVs.

The related intellectual property and technical data are available via license agreement to companies that would manufacture the munitions or components.

Contact: Brian Metzger, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7782

Navy invention uses UAVs to ensure safe, FOD-free runways
Upcoming UASCI Events
Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL POSTPONED
Boston, MA
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.

Registration Fees:
Early Bird: $299 (through March 16) | Standard: $349 (on or after March 17)
Registration includes XPO Hall Pass

Co-located event at XPONENTIAL, All Things Unmanned, May 4, 2020 Boston, MA from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

2020 UAS Tech Forum
September 16-17, 2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry.
Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020 - POSTPONED
New date still TBD
Washington, D.C.
International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

USA Drone Conference 2020 - POSTPONED
April 13-16, 2020
Hazard, Kentucky

World UAV Federation
06/19/2020 - 06/21/2020
Shenzhen, China
WORLD UAV FEDERATION was established in June 2017 by Mr. Jincai Yang (Chairman); its unveiling ceremony was held on October 31, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Up to the current, the chapters include: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Australia...

Counter UAS Winter Summit - POSTPONED
Rescheduled for August 2020 - Date TBD
Washington D.C.
IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

Tentatively rescheduled August 10-12
Boston, MA

August 18-20, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones

The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...
VTOL Takes Off
Inside Unmanned Systems | 04/22/2020
Drone companies and manufacturers alike are working across industries to rapidly accelerate their VTOL systems for military and even civilian applications—not just to meet the needs of the combat missions of the future, but also the needs of the...

Of ducks and drones: Researchers gear up for inaugural field season using UAVs to monitor ducks and nesting behavior
Duluth News Tribune | 04/19/2020
A University of North Dakota graduate student and his adviser are using drones to find duck nests and monitor the behavior of nesting ducks in the Missouri Coteau country of central North Dakota.

Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of MEASURE, Discusses the Macroeconomic Effects of COVID-19 on the Drone Industry
Commercial UAV News | 04/16/2020
Every day, drones are making headlines in the fight against COVID-19. New technologies like indoor UV-light sanitation drones are being developed. Tested technologies, like agricultural spray drones, are being repurposed.

Workhorse truck-mounted delivery drone could soar in post-COVID-19 world
Freightwaves | 04/16/2020
Workhorse Group Inc. is seeking additional patent protection for its truck-mounted HorseFly delivery drone because customers say touchless delivery will carry over beyond the coronavirus pandemic to life after the health crisis.

Robotics empowering communities in times of crisis: How drones and autonomous vehicles can provide aid without the risk of face-to-face contact
CEOWORLD Magazine (blog) | 04/15/2020
Q&A showing how robotics, in particular drones and autonomous vehicles, can provide aid without the risk of face-to-face contact.

Zipline pitches drones for US coronavirus relief
AOPA Pilot | 04/14/2020
Zipline has flown medical delivery drones in Africa for years, and now the company that credibly claims more long-distance drone experience than any civilian competitor is asking the FAA to allow unmanned flights in the national airspace system to...

FAA Adds Drone Integration Initiative Participants
AVweb | 04/13/2020
The FAA has selected Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and New York's Griffiss International Airport as partners for the second phase of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management Pilot Program.

The Army Is Building Drones That Can Be Fired From Grenade Launchers
Popular Mechanics | 04/13/2020
Engineers at the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground are working on a small drone capable of being shot from the service's new grenade launcher.

ThereCraft presents flying-wing drone for non-stop cargo delivery
InceptiveMind | 04/12/2020
Recently, an American startup presented the project of a promising unmanned aerial vehicle that can be used for non-stop and urgent delivery of goods.

One of the world's top standardization groups wants to establish a common benchmark for the drone industry.
DroneLife (blog) | 04/11/2020
One of the world's top standardization groups wants to establish a common benchmark for the drone industry.

5 ways police drones could assist COVID-19 response | 04/10/2020
Here are five ways drones could augment law enforcement operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial Drone Market to Hit 2.44 Million Units by 2023
Modern Diplomacy | 04/10/2020
Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Global Commercial UAS Market Outlook, 2020, finds that the industry is transitioning from a nascent to a growth stage.

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virus sidelines tornado research
The Oklahoman | 04/10/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined a large-scale tornado field study involving several universities, including the University of Oklahoman, federal weather offices and dozens of researchers until next year.

Sheriff's office receives drones for coronavirus response | 04/10/2020
Maryland's Calvert County Sheriff's office reported last weekend that a major drone manufacturer is providing the local law enforcement agency with additional drones. The action is being taken to help deputies to better respond to the ongoing...

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