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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  February 6, 2024

  1. Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium
  2. Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry
  3. Available Lab Technologies
  4. Rethink Vertical Podcasts
1. Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at OKC Convention Center.

The Oklahoma City Innovation District is assembling the first annual Aerospace Week in Oklahoma. A vital part of the week will include the Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium, powered by the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics. The symposium will provide a national forum to explore the nexus of emerging technologies in the field of aerospace technical training. Learn about the latest advances in extended reality technologies and artificial intelligence/machine learning and how they create opportunities to gain efficiencies in training current and future aerospace workforces.

This symposium will organize attendees into facilitated working groups of academia, government and commercial aerospace leaders to identify solutions that will strengthen Oklahoma's Aerospace workforce pipeline.

You can view the agenda for this event at Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium
To purchase tickets to the symposium, visit get tickets for Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium

If your company would like to be a sponsor of this event. Please email Carly Collins at

For more information about this and other events being held during Aerospace Week, visit Aerospace Symposium — OKCID (

2. Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry

To assist in understanding the current Oklahoma Aerospace Workforce pipeline, in fall of 2023 UASCI published a research report on the workforce development landscape in the state's burgeoning aerospace industry. The report sheds light on the key challenges and prospects within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in Oklahoma, emphasizing the necessity to bridge workforce gaps.

You can download and read this report at this link. Charting the Course: Workforce Dynamics in Oklahoma's Emerging Aerospace Industry .

3. Available Lab Technologies

The UASCI Newsletter is introducing a section that identifies technology licensing opportunities from Federal Lab research or universities. The listings in this section generally do not fully meet the standards for a startup or new product line as are considered in the Lab to Business presentations. HOWEVER, these technologies may be a specific component technology or capabiliity that wil enhance your business or product line. The links will provide you with more information on the technology along with follow up contact information.

Remote Sensing of Subsurface Soil Moisture
An instrument/software that allows remote sensing of subsurface soil moisture from an airborne instrument using reflective electromagnetic radiation. From Purdue University. No patent

Hyperspectral imaging data compression
A technique for compressing digital hyperspectral or multispectral imagery data. From Naval Research Lab. Available for express license.

Note that changes are coming to our Lab to Business technology presentations, watch for upcoming announcements.

4. Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast

Don't miss the Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative, and listen as host Craig Mahaney interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers to bring you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff. New podcasts are released the third Thursday of each month.

You can access the Rethink Vertical Podcasts at: Rethink Vertical Podcast.

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

The UAS Cluster Initiative is funded in part through a Contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed within this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Questions or comments regarding Newsletter, contact Jack James at
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Drone Successfully Demonstrates Lifeboat Deployment in Italian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Exercise
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NASA Releases STEM Toolkit for Advanced Air Mobility
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Saudi AAM Initiative to provide safe and most developed means of air mobility in Mideast
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