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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  April 2, 2024

  1. Rethink Vertical Podcast with Airwise Solutions Chief Technology Officer, Josh O'Leary.
  2. Available Lab Technologies
1. Rethink Vertical Podcast with Airwise Solutions Chief Technology Officer, Josh O'Leary.

In the latest Rethink Vertical Podcast, Josh O'Leary, Chief Technology Officer at Airwise Solutions, is back! UAS Cluster Initiative Executive Director, Craig Mahaney, talks with Josh O'Leary about UAS platforms for public good. Including Airwise's Drone as a First Responder (DFR) pilot projects and other drone-in-the-box solutions that are ready to scale.

For part one of the conversation with Josh, check out the August 24, 2023 episode of Rethink Vertical.

You can listen to this podcast at Rethink Vertical Podcast .
Find out more about Airwise Solutions at

2. Available Lab Technologies

These are technologies and software available 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, HOWEVER they may be enhancement to your business or product line. The links will provide you with more information on the technology along with follow up contact information.

UAV Propeller System Design For Greater Thrust and Efficiency
This technology is from the University of Cincinnati.

Anti-Phase Noise Suppression Rotor Technologies
This technology is from NASA Ames Research Center .

Low-cost, rapid launching system for drone swarms
This technology is from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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.

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Droneport Headlines
Vertiports and sustainability
Airports International | 03/22/2024
To achieve the necessary public acceptance for vertiports to become a mainstay within the aviation ecosystem, safety and environmental impact concerns must be addressed.

Vertiports: what the aircraft developers want
Airports International | 03/22/2024
From the AAM developer's point of view, what is the most important element of vertiport design?

Vertiports: electrical and digital infrastructure
Airports International | 03/21/2024
Unless vertiports have the necessary electrical and digital infrastructure, they are unlikely to fulfil the promise of the new urban air mobility (UAM) revolution.
Policy News
FAA Annual Drone Safety Day is Saturday, April 27, 2024
FAA | 04/01/2024
Drone Safety Day (DSD) is an annual campaign designed to educate  drone users of the importance of flying safely, inspiring fun drone activities and connecting a community of enthusiast.

How Do You Evaluate Your Real Risk from Rogue Drones? DL Exclusive from Drone Detection Experts AeroDefense
dronelife | 03/28/2024
Companies and agencies from all sectors are evaluating their risk: and deciding on the appropriate response.  Current regulations around the authorized use of counter drone technology may additionally complicate the situation.

Clarifying Cybersecurity Guidelines for Drones: the DETECT Act
dronelife | 03/27/2024
The Drone Evaluation to Eliminate Cyber Threats Act of 2024 (DETECT Act) directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a framework of cybersecurity principles.

Commercial Drone Alliance and AUVSI Release Guidance on the FAA UAS Remote Identification Rule
Commercial UAV News | 03/20/2024
The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) and the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have released a reference document providing guidance to the commercial drone industry on staying compliant with the Federal Aviation...
Industry Headlines
Top 5 Trends in Public Safety Drone Operations
Commercial UAV news | 03/21/2024
This year, over 600 public safety and related industry professionals convened at the second annual National Public Safety UAS Conference, in Williamsburg, Virginia. These are the top 5 key takeaways from the event.

Operation Skyhawk: Drones Used in Georgia's Largest Prison Smuggling Case
dronelife | 03/29/2024
Authorities in Georgia have dismantled what is believed to be the largest smuggling operation within the state's correctional system.

Rising Surveillance: The Challenge of UAS Incursions at the U.S.-Mexico Border
dronelife | 03/29/2024
The Increasing Unmanned Aircraft Activities at the Border, and the Efforts to Enhance National Security Measures

The Flourishing of Drones in Agriculture
Commercial UAV News | 03/26/2024
The agricultural drone market is not only already a leader for drone technology, offering unparalleled benefits across diverse sub-industries such as crop farming, livestock management, fishery, hunting, and forestry.

The Uncrewed Aviation Industry is Still in its Infancy. (And like any other infant, it wants to grow fast!)
Commercial UAV News | 03/22/2024
It's time to reflect on the past 11 years of an industry that's making great strides towards maturity but, in reality, it's still in its infancy.

The Drone Racing League and the United States Air Force Announce Groundbreaking Initiative to Elevate Women in Sports and Technology
sUAS News | 03/28/2024
DRL unveils "Women Taking Flight" to recruit women pilots and spotlight women pursuing underrepresented career paths

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