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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
March 13, 2020  

UAS in the News
Self-driving cars, aircraft on Oklahoma Capitol minds
Oklahoma lawmakers appear to be considering this year, for the first time, how the state can play a role in a future autonomous economy. Two proposed measures would encourage testing of autonomous vehicles, one more directly than the other.

Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020
Here is a note that we sent to Sequoia founders and CEOs today to provide guidance on how to ensure the health of their business while dealing with potential business consequences of the spreading effects of the coronavirus.

Not Your Daddy's Drone: America's XQ-58A Valkyrie Could Be the Future
There's a lot of buzz about the first flight of an unmanned U.S. Air Force drone, designed by Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to accompany manned combat aircraft into battle, that many believe will herald a new age of aerial warfare. Looking at a...
Technology Spotlight
Spring-loaded UAV launch catapult
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

A team of U.S. Navy scientists working at the Naval Air Warfare Center's Weapons Division in China Lake, California, has recently developed an efficient launcher for fixed-wing unmanned aircraft comprised of a launch rail, carriage, pair of pulley drivers, and a cable and pulley system.

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

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

Small drone radar invented by Navy uses tiny mic on propeller
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
Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
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.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
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...

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

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA

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...

August 18-20, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge seeks out 'last drone standing'
AUVSI News | 03/11/2020
In an effort to help equip first responders with the necessary technology to aid them during various operations, the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge is designed to crowd-source as many inventive drone designs as possible for first responders.

New Satellites Could Enable Fast Drone Data Turnaround
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/11/2020
Satellite companies have begun launching thousands of low-orbiting spacecraft built to offer internet connections and streaming media to air passengers, maritime travelers, and people in remote and underserved areas. But the advanced connectivity...

Short lines gain a new perspective on drone inspection
Progressive Railroading | 03/11/2020
Some small railroad lines that became early adopters of basic drone technology to aid in infrastructure inspections have turned to engineering firms with specialized drone operations to harness the full potential of unmanned aerial vehicles for rail...

Rwanda Launches Anti-Malaria Pesticide Spray Using Drones
KT Press | 03/10/2020
Rawanda has launched a major fight against malaria that will use drones to totally whip out mosquito lava before they get a chance to nest into adult insects.

Drone researchers create microchip to mimic flight of fruit fly
UAS Magazine | 03/09/2020
A team of researchers at National Tsing Hua University has recently developed an artificial intelligence chip that mimics the optical nerves of the fruit fly, allowing drones to automatically avoid obstacles while remaining in an ultra-power-saving...

Spain drone developer breaks flight endurance record
UAS Magazine | 03/09/2020
A hybrid multirotor developed by Spain-based Quaternium has set a flight time record of eight hours and ten minutes.

A Massive Crop Duster Links East and West
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/06/2020
Under both Soviet and independent governments, the manufacturer now known as Antonov State Enterprise has produced 22,000 cargo, transport and passenger planes—including the An-225 Mriya, likely the world's biggest and heaviest aircraft. So, perhaps...

'Like the Jetsons': Battle Creek Executive Airport is looking ahead to the future of drones
Battle Creek Enquirer | 03/05/2020
Battle Creek city officials are thinking of tapping into the unmanned aerial system industry by creating an airport specific for drones.

Your virtual crow's nest: Drones in commercial fishing
National Fisherman | 03/05/2020
Fishermen have always relied on the understanding of the elements to guide them: the water current, its temperature, the direction of the wind and its humidity are important information used to locate fish. Now, drones are bringing some fishfinding...

Drones deployed in bid to tackle Queensland's rogue crocodiles
Australian Broadcasting Company | 03/04/2020
Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers are using drones to bait and catch problem crocodiles — by the jaws — in the state's north.

FAA Proposal Would Ground Drones for Many Farmers, Ranchers
Farm Bureau | 03/04/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration should revamp its drone proposal to provide flexibility to allow farmers and ranchers who cannot access the internet to continue using drones, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

AUVSI releases response to FAA's proposed remote ID rule
AUVSI News | 03/02/2020
AUVSI has published a 27-page set of comments on the FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for remote identification, which would require drones to be able to report their positions, allowing police or other officials to determine who is flying a...

New FAA drone rule is a giant middle finger to aviation hobbyists
ARS Technica | 02/29/2020
More than 34,000 people have deluged the FAA with comments over a proposed regulation that would require almost every drone in the sky to broadcast its location over the Internet at all times. The comments are overwhelmingly negative.

Will Science and the Doppler Effect Keep your Drone Delivery from Getting Ripped Off?
Drone Life | 02/29/2020
In a paper titled,"Enabling Self-defense in Small Drones," the co-authors look how using inexpensive sensors and the scientific effect called the Doppler effect if they can help to prevent drones delivery drones from being brought down by...

Drone Detection And Monitoring: For Best Results, Layer Systems
Forbes | 02/28/2020
In 2010, the first commercial drone came to market, and since that time we have seen a remarkable advance in drone technology. Companies such as DJI, Yuneec and Parrot paved the way for a new age in personal unmanned aerial vehicles and set...

How this Virginia Beach Startup Aims to Be the World's Largest Provider of Drone Operations
American Inno | 02/28/2020
When Tom Walker started DroneUp in 2016, he had a clear vision in mind: to create the go-to platform for companies and contractors that needed to find pilots for the ever-growing fleet of unmanned aircraft systems.

Wake Forest collaboration to research mobility tech, drones
The Wake Weekly | 02/28/2020
The Advanced Mobility Collective, a new community for collaboration to bring new mobility services to life, launched February 25 with WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Cherokee Nation Business and The Stone Agency as founding partners.

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