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September 10, 2021  

UAS in the News
Tulsa-area proposal among 60 finalists for millions in federal funding for economic development
Planning organization INCOG is among 60 finalists for a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant that could award the Tulsa region up to roughly $70 million for economic development, local representatives say.
Droneport Headlines
Airports of the future: With electric planes and vertiports in the suburbs, what might our airports look like in 50 years?
Stuff | 12/08/2021
Sustainable aviation is at a cross-roads. Small electric planes are in the air and airports are changing. But with battery technology in its teenage years, short hops between regional airports are about the extent of electric aviation's...

Drones on Cape Cod: Skyports and MassDOT Partner to Connect Remote Communities
dronelife | 12/04/2021
Drone services provider Skyports has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division to bring drones to Cape Cod.
Industry Headlines
Electric Sky wins DARPA grant to work on focused power beaming system for drones
GeekWire | 12/07/2021
A startup called Electric Sky says it's begun building its first Whisper Beam transmitter for providing tightly focused wireless power to drones in flight, thanks to a $225,000 award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Engineers stitch together thousands of drone-captured images to create 3D model of BYU's campus
sUAS News | 12/13/2021
BYU's main campus is 560 acres in size and includes roughly 100 large academic buildings. There are some 6,000 trees (900 species), miles of sidewalks and, according to most students, far too many stairs. Grad student Bryce Berrett and his faculty...

Airobotics have signed an agreement to develop a new drone for solar panel cleaning
sUAS News | 12/07/2021
Airobotics (TASE: AIRO), an Israeli manufacturer of autonomous Unmanned Aircraft (drones) and Aerial Data Platforms, and Solar Drone, an Israeli company specializing in solar farms services, have signed a binding agreement under which Airobotics...

Airspace Link Partners with the City of Arlington, Texas
UAS Magazine | 12/07/2021
Airspace Link, Inc., a leading Detroit-based provider of drone mapping and solution software, announced it will be partnering with the City of Arlington, Texas, to pilot its new FlySafe Program, powered by the AirHub™ platform.

DroneUp Announces Acquisition Of AirMap
Cision | 12/07/2021
DroneUp, LLC, the leading drone flight services innovator and aviation technology provider, today announced it has acquired AirMap, Inc., the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the global aerospace economy.

North Carolina Grants AeroX $5 Million for Advanced Air Mobility Development
dronelife | 12/04/2021
AeroX, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the safe and efficient commercialization of UAS technologies in Forsyth County, has been awarded a $5 million dollar grant from the North Carolina General Assembly for the design and development...

This bird-legged quadcopter can easily perch in the treetops
Popular Science | 12/01/2021
Birds have mastered the art of landing on complex surfaces such as rough, textured tree branches. Now, a new robot developed by Stanford engineers has a useful set of bird-like features such as claws, toe pads, curving feet, and bending legs that...

U.S. Air Force Orders 15 Silent Arrow® Precision Guided Cargo Delivery Drones
sUAS News | 11/30/2021
World's First Production 1-Ton Cargo Delivery Drone to be Scaled Down and Flown to Address New Humanitarian and Tactical Markets

Federal Aviation Administration accredits the Drone Racing League as first UAS event organizer
sUAS News | 12/13/2021
The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world's premier, professional drone racing property, today announced it has been accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) event organizer. A leader in...

Unleash live and Elon Musk's Starlink: Enabling Remote Drone Flights
dronelife | 12/14/2021
Unleash live, an Australia-based creator of video data analytics platforms, has teamed up with Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink to connect with and navigate drones in real-time via a satellite hookup.

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