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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
February 7, 2019  

UAS in the News
Drone Ownership Workshop
Cloud County Community College's small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems program will be offering a free workshop about drone ownership Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. in Building D2 on the Geary County Campus of Cloud County Community...

Vigilant Aerospace Obtains US State Department Commodity Jurisdiction Determination for Export of FlightHorizon GCS – DAA and Airspace Management for Drones
Vigilant Aerospace is pleased to announce that we have obtained a Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US Department of State for our FlightHorizon GCS product. This new determination, CJ 0370-18, allows the export of FlightHorizon...

KDOT Seeks Input on Drone Use in Kansas Airspace
The Kansas Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation is seeking public opinion on the use of unmanned aircraft systems in Kansas airspace.
Technology Spotlight
Air vehicle GPS backup navigation system
Naval Air Center Warfare Weapons Division
Navy engineers invented a triple redundancy solution for precise position, navigation and timing (PNT) in a low cost, size, weight, and power (c-SWAP) solution. GPS is accurate to a few meters, but the new Time-Space-Position-Information (TSPI) technology, using differential corrections, could be accurate to within a few centimeters.

The invention provides the Navy with a novel approach for TSPI in several areas, including GPS denied environments, highly dynamic aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and highly-dynamic guided weapons. This new technology could be a game-changer by enabling a more accurate, reliable, cost-effective addition to the use of GPS for some manned and unmanned systems flight testing and their integration into NextGen.

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

Navy launches first UAS test squadron; drone tech available for product development
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

SAVE THE DATE Droneports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community
Chicago, IL
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.

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
UAS DRONES Disaster Conference
Downey, CA
Volcanos, hurricanes, and an endless season of wildfires causing devastation throughout California. 2018 marked another pivotal year for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for public safety and disaster management. For this reason, we've...

Hazard, KY
First Responder Drone Conference dedicated to Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Personnel and Fire Fighters. 

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

2019 UAS Roundup
Nathrop, Colorado
he Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board and Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation invite you to explore and understand the capabilities of emerging unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology at the stunning MT. Princeton Resort in Nathrop,...

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.
DJI Promises Company Changes in Light of Employee Fraud Investigation
Unmanned Aerial | 02/07/2019
Last month, DJI announced an investigation that discovered some of the company's employees had inflated the cost of parts and materials of certain products for personal financial gain. The company has since made another statement confirming it will develop more internal policies to tackle the issue.

DRONEII – The Drone Job Market: What is it and Where is it Going?
dronelife | 02/07/2019
With the industry maturing, the drone job market within it is becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to navigate – companies are competing not only to develop the latest UAV technology, but also to grab the very best engineers out there.

USF Holding Race with Brain-Controlled Drones
This Saturday, the University of South Florida (USF) is holding an event during which teams will race drones using their brains.

Azure Drones Receives First Authorization in Europe for BVLOS Operations
InterDrone | 02/06/2019
This week, a French maker of surveillance drones and creators of the Skeyetech system, Azure Drones, received the first and only authorization from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the authority governing the use of drones in France, to fly its drones autonomously. 

Drone Delivery Canada Opens 16,000 Square Foot Operation Center
InterDrone | 02/06/2019
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced it will be launching a center for commercial operations in Vaughan, Ontario Canada. DDC expects to be launching commercial delivery flights in 2019.

Fly your drone in NYC? Best to watch this video first!
DroneDJ | 02/06/2019
You'd like to fly your drone in NYC? Well, it is probably best to watch this video first. Griffin Hammond does a great job explaining why it's mostly illegal to fly your drone in NYC. He lists four main reasons as to why he, even as an FAA-certified pilot, can't fly drones in New York City. 

Feds Directed to Use Drones to Fight Wildfires
Hours before parts of the federal government were to shutdown, the president signed an executive order directing the federal government to boost wildfire prevention by reducing the amount of fuel — that is brush, dead trees and timber —on public lands. The White House also told the agencies involved to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to "maximize appropriate use of unmanned aerial systems" to help meet their goals.

Drones track bees to improve pollination and crop production
UAS Magazine | 02/04/2019
Can the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commonly known as drones help bees become more efficient at pollination to increase agricultural production?

Eyes In The Sky: The Public Has Privacy Concerns About Drones
Forbes | 02/04/2019
How would it make you feel if a drone flew over your house while you were sunbathing by the pool, hanging out with your children, or just watering the plants? Your answer would probably depend on who was flying the drone and for what purpose. But in general, if you are like everyone else, you probably have some privacy concerns.

NFL Super Bowl halftime show featured Intel drones
UAS Magazine | 02/04/2019
During Sunday's Super Bowl in Atlanta, Intel Corp. partnered with the NFL to create the first-ever live drone lightshow during the game's halftime show.

US Army soldiers will soon be armed with these game-changing drones that fit in the palm of your hand
Business Insider | 02/01/2019
Pocket-size drones are on their way to US Army soldiers, offering a better view of the battlefield and giving them a lethal edge over enemies.

Are Drone Regs Draconian?
Cape May County Herald | 01/31/2019
The Stone Harbor Borough Council in New Jeresey late last fall adopted an ordinance restricting the use of drones within the municipality. The borough became one of a number of state municipalities seeking to ban or regulate the use of unmanned aircraft. Drone enthusiasts are beginnin to react, citing conflicts in the layers of regulations and seeking some understanding of where regulatory power resides.

Drones tested for wind-worthiness at Griffiss
Rome Sentinel | 01/31/2019
Griffiss International Airport's unmanned-aircraft test facility was the venue recently for two companies working on ways for drones to adapt to the weather, an important part of getting them ready for wider commercial use.

FLIR Acquires Aeryon Drone Company in $200 Million Deal
dronelife | 01/31/2019
Oregon-based drone company FLIR Systemshas acquired UAS firm Aeryon Labs in a $200 million deal.

Drone Industry Insiders Frustrated by Yet Another Unreliable Drone Sighting Report, This Time at Newark Airport in New Jersey
UAV Coach | 01/30/2019
Reports of possible drone sightings temporarily halted flights at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey last week on Tuesday, January 22. However, the reports have yet to be confirmed, and some are suspecting the sightings weren't drones at all.

N.Y. Test Site Assesses Weather Effects on UAS
Unmanned Aerial | 01/30/2019
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance recently partnered with WindShape and TruWeather Solutions to test the impact of wind on the airworthiness and performance of different types of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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