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October 11, 2019  

UAS in the News
UPS Flight Forward gains FAA approval to launch drone airline
UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government's first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. The company will initially expand its drone delivery service further to support...

Drones could put Wicomico on cutting edge — and bring jobs
From a runway extension, a corporate jet hangar, cargo storage, drones, to talks of expansion — the airport has a lot incoming.

Vigilant Aerospace Demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in Autonomous 18-Mile Flight with Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Vigilant Aerospace Systems (Vigilant) conducted a demonstration flight utilizing OSU's 13-mile beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) corridor east of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Technology Spotlight
UUV buoy
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Navy scientists have developed a cost-effective, remotely-controlled, unmanned underwater vehicle that can transform into a buoy.

Most standard buoys need to be transported on other vessels to be deployed. This time-consuming, personnel-heavy process can be costly. The Navy's combined unmanned vehicle and buoy device allows for relatively inexpensive deployments, recoveries, and repositioning.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Austin Leach, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7707


Algorithm corrects for video latency, delivers precision control of unmanned ground vehicles
Upcoming UASCI Events
Webinar - Remote ID for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft: What is it, how does it work and why does it matter?
Webinar @ 12 Noon CT
Remote ID is an emerging technology that is likely to be very important to the commercial drone industry over the next several years. It is a key enabling technology for ensuring public safety, and for allowing authorization of advanced drone flights including beyond visual line-of-sight flying, flights over people and the future of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

This webinar will provide an overview of what Remote ID is, why it matters to commercial drone operators, the current status of Remote ID regulations and likely technical requirements, and what the adoption of Remote ID technology will mean for the future development of the industry.


The webinar will feature Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO of Vigilant Aerospace Systems. Vigilant Aerospace provides detect-and-avoid, airspace management and flight safety systems for commercial unmanned aircraft. The system, called FlightHorizon, is currently used by two of the FAA's Integration Pilot Program teams and several NASA flight testing programs. Mr. Epperson serves on the national ASTM F38 standards-writing committee for the unmanned aircraft systems industry, serves on NASA's UTM Sense-and-Avoid Working Group and is a frequent conference speaker on drone technology and safety topics throughout the US.
Upcoming Industry Events
Commercial UAV EXPO Americas
Las Vegas, NV
Commercial UAV Expo focuses exclusively on a finite number of industries, making it the most effective and efficient vehicle for owners and operators in those industries to access the most relevant education, contacts and best-in-cass UAS technology...

NASA's Drone Challenge with Safeguard Technology
Hampton, VA
Application Deadline November 1, 2019 - The Safeguard with Autonomous Navigation Demonstration (SAND) Challenge will be an opportunity for small businesses to compete in an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle competition.

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020
May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
Headlines
N.C. Drone Firm Lands Critical Drone Contract in Virginia
dronelife | 10/12/2019
The old catchphrase "Virginia is for Lovers" may be true but – thanks to a North Carolina start-up the Commonwealth is also for drone lovers.

UAS holds drone rodeo in Huntsville
WHNT News 19 | 10/10/2019
Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it's drones!

Workhorse unveiling drone delivery system in San Diego
UAS Magazine | 10/09/2019
Workhorse Group Inc. is headed to San Diego to showcase its drone delivery system. Working with Unmanned Systems Operations Group Inc., the Ohio-based developer of electric mobility solutions will use its system van and drone set-up to deliver medical supplies.

'It's cool and it's real': More than 100 successful test flights of robo air taxi over Oregon
NW News Network | 10/08/2019
A drone air taxi designed by Airbus has successfully completed 114 test flights in Pacific Northwest skies.

10 Ways That Police Use Drones To Protect And Serve
Forbes | 10/07/2019
Anthony Galante is an Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he created and teaches the UAS Public Safety minor. 

Amazon Prime Air VP touts environmental, safety benefits of drone delivery
FreightWaves | 10/04/2019
Amazon Prime Air vice president Gur Kimchi held an audience of clean technology and environmental policy experts spellbound as he laid out the company's vision of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) darting around the sky delivering packages to consumers in 30 minutes or less.

Palmer Luckey's company is making drone-ramming drones
10/03/2019
The controversial firm is already sending defensive UAVs to customers.

Canadian drone test uses LTE network to deliver defibrillators
sUAS News | 10/02/2019
LTE-enabled delivery of life-saving equipment and emergency medical supplies via beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones could see a 17-fold increase in the distance covered compared to current non-mobility-enabled alternatives.

FLIR Acquires Assets of Aria Insights, Formerly CyPhy Works
Unmanned Aerial.com | 10/02/2019
FLIR Systems Inc. has acquired the intellectual property (IP) and certain operating assets of tethered drone company Aria Insights Inc., formerly known as CyPhy Works Inc.

Drones Continue Push on Delivery Operations, BVLOS Testing
Robotics Business Review | 10/01/2019
Several developments in recent days and weeks continue to show the drive towards commercial drone operations that include medical supply deliveries and first responder scenarios.

Terrific Benefits Of Drones In Rescue, Wildlife, Farming And Business
DroneZon | 09/30/2019
There are many terrific benefits of drones across multiple sectors.  Every week, we read about the new benefits of using UAVs for inspections.

USPS investigating drone delivery options
Freight Waves | 09/30/2019
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) wants feedback from drone operators that could provide drone capability to the agency as it looks to advance its mail delivery fleet.

University of Michigan researchers demonstrate UAS attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun
AUVSI News | 09/27/2019
Researchers at the University of Michigan have demonstrated an octocopter attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun.
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.

13905 Quail Pointe Dr, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 | info@uascluster.com

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