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December 4, 2018  

Drones, Technology, and Beer
UAS Industry and Networking Event in Stillwater, OK presented by Meridian Technology Center and UASCI

Hear from industry experts on the state of UAS development, integration of UAS technology in the utility sector and the work of the UAS Cluster Initiative on December 17, 2018 from 2-5 pm.

Followed by a special UAS Research on Tap reception at the at Iron Monk Brewery with a presentation, "The Future of Drones: The good, the bad and the ugly" by Dr. Jamey Jacob

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UAS in the News
Drones and Urbanization: Science Fiction Turned to Reality
Over the past few years, drones have made many people think about the potential applications in real world and urban scenarios. What was once a movie-like infrastructure is nowadays a technology that is coming closer and closer to the everyday...

Drones Taking Off In Real Estate Industry Applications
Goldman Sachs forecast a $100 billion market opportunity emerging for drones from 2016 through 2020. We are more than halfway through that window, and real estate is one of the industries feeling the greatest reverberations from drones' arrival.

Court expected to approve drone port emergency operations agreement
Smith County Commissioners Court in Tyler, Texas will approve an agreement with Tyler Company and Phirst Technologies to allow a drone and a port to be located at the emergency operations centre. Kept in a secure location, the device will be used...

Amazon Joins DronePort in Belgium
The DronePort campus in Brustem, Belgium is teaming with drone testing activity. With the likes of the internet giant Amazon joining an international group of companies all set to test drones. DronePort Campus has the requisite infrastructure...
Technology Spotlight
In-flight detection, tracking, commandeering rogue drone system
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
To detect, record, and commandeer unauthorized or enemy drones, the Navy has developed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) data collection protection system (DCPS) platform. The hardware/software of the ROV DCPS is configured to take control of rogue drones, co-opting their communication link via RF from the ground or satellite feed. Additional functionality includes the ability to monitor what data is being collected by the drone, prevent the data from being sent back, and otherwise interfering with the ROVs operation.

Contact: Brian Metzger, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7782


Can you repurpose this unique Navy drone?
Upcoming UASCI Events
Exit (Early)-Stage Right - Effective Exit Strategies for Investors and Entrepreneurs
Webinar 12- 1 PM CT
Whether you are an investor or entrepreneur, including within the UAS space, it may be important to know what strategies are available to you in order to help you make a successful exit from an investment deal or your company. In this webinar, you will hear from several experts in the business and investment communities who will share their thoughts and ideas about successful exit planning and which exit strategies may be right for you.

UAS Industry and Networking Event
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Please join us for the UAS Industry and Networking Event to hear from industry experts on the state of UAS development, integration of UAS technology in the utility sector and the work of the UAS Cluster Initiative.

Followed by a special UAS focused Research on Tap Reception at the Iron Monk Brewery.
Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 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.

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

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.
Headlines
Deliotte Launches a Drone Practice
dronelife | 12/03/2018
Deloitte US has recently announced the launch of its Global Drone Solutions service, aimed at supporting public and private sector clients with drone strategy and integration. 

What makes the Force1 Scoot the best selling drone on Amazon?
DroneDJ | 12/02/2018
Right now the best selling drone on Amazon costs $50 and fits in the palm of your hand. It flies autonomously and doesn't use a remote. It is a tiny drone called the Force1 Scoot. After seeing it first hand I thought for sure it wouldn't be any good. I was wrong.

Drone Technology Evolves for the Construction Industry
Design News | 11/29/2018
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are typically thought of in terms of warfare or entertainment (i.e., film and photography) applications. Yet the technology is growing to unbelievable heights and finding use cases in enterprise as well—particularly in the construction industry.

New center leads to propulsion system development
The Daily Illini | 11/29/2018
Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and engineering professors will collaborate in researching propulsion systems for unmanned aircrafts in a new center at the University of Illinois. The development of The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Propulsion was initiated by the U.S. Department of Defense and led by the ARL, which began approximately three years ago.

Dauntless UAV can lift 200 pounds over your head
New Atlas | 11/28/2018
A Kentucky-based company has now announced the new Dauntless UAV, which can lift and transport over 200 lb (90 kg). The Dauntless is available either as a quadcopter, or – by adding an extra motor and set of rotors to each of its four arms – an octocopter. As a quadcopter, it weighs 77 lb (35 kg) and can lift a payload of at least 100 lb (45 kg). The 200-lb figure is for the octocopter version.

Key UAS Detect-and-Avoid System Tested Successfully in N.Y.
11/28/2018
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) has announced the successful demonstration of a new airborne collision avoidance system (ACAS) for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

‘Lambulance' Drones Helping Farmers in Lambing Season
DroneBelow.com | 11/27/2018
Researchers at Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture have developed a "Lambulance" drone. As the name suggests, the Lambulance is supposed to act like an ambulance; but for lambs.

Swarms of Drones Can Now Plant Trees in Areas Devastated by Fires
11/27/2018
DroneSeed, a Seattle-based startup, has come up with a high-tech solution to the problem of planting seeds in areas devastated by wildfires — and it involves a combination of drones, artificial intelligence, and bioengineering.

Boeing Teams Up with Startup to Spawn Drone Logistics System
dronelife | 11/26/2018
Boeing — the world's largest aerospace company – is teaming up with AI-firm SparkCognition to launch SkyGrid – a new startup focusing on urban aerial mobility.

Drones offer ability to find, ID and count marine megafauna
Phys.org | 11/26/2018
New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. The work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform for scientists and conservationists interested in studying populations of sharks, rays, sea turtles and other marine megafauna.

The first global drone standards have been revealed
engadget | 11/26/2018
They cover issues including safety, training and privacy.

Zipline Plans to Build Drone Assembly Plant in Rwanda with Hopes of Extending Medical Drone Deliveries to More Hospitals
UAV Coach | 11/26/2018
At a recent Cabinet meeting, the Rwanda government agreed to extend its contract with Zipline for another three years for the delivery of medical products via drones.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone
Wired | 11/24/2018
A Swiss company has developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.

Court expected to approve drone port emergency operations agreement
Commercial Drone Professional | 11/22/2018
Smith County Commissioners Court in Tyler, Texas will approve an agreement with Tyler Company and Phirst Technologies to allow a drone and a port to be located at the emergency operations centre.
Kept in a secure location, the device will be used for early testing of the drone and port for first-responder use.

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