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  July 11, 2023


Spotlight: Opportunity to pitch at TRAM Summit Startup Showcase; 2023 America's Seed fund Road Tour; and Skyway Flight Test Range Developments

Call for applications to present at the TRAM Summit Startup Showcase

In partnership with Tulsa Innovation Labs, The UAS Angel Network will host the TRAM Summit Startup Showcase on October 2, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

If you are interested in pitching to a curated group of investors at this exclusive event, apply today!
The top 3 companies will be selected to give 10-minute pitches on the main stage with the opportunity for Q&A. Other selected companies will be invited to a speed pitch event, as well as other networking opportunities. Both offer exciting access to investors from throughout the United States who are seeking opportunities in emerging aerospace.

The deadline for applications is August 11, 2023
Selected presenters will be notiified by: September 1, 2023
Application details may be found on the UAS Angel Network Website


Don't miss the 2023 America's Seed Fund Road Tour - Midwest, July 17-21!

America's Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as "America's Seed Fund".

Who: Small businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, small technology firms andbeyond who would like to learn about America's Seed Fund and connect with the localinnovation ecosystem
What: Each Road Tour stop facilitates programming and 1:1 in-person meetings betweeninnovators and federal agency representatives
Where: 5 Midwest States - Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa
Why: Help attendees navigate over $4 billion in early-stage funding opportunities throughAmerica's Seed Fund - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small BusinessTechnology Transfer (STTR) programs
When: July 17-21

Information and Registration: More information may also be found on the. https://www.americasseedfund.us/road-tour

Places and Hosts:
Monday, July 17 | Oklahoma City, OK Venue: OKC Convention Center
Hosted by OK Catalyst, University of Oklahoma

Tuesday, July 18 | Wichita, KS Venue: Wichita State University, Woolsey Hall
Hosted by Wichita State University

Wednesday, July 19 | Kansas City, MO Venue: Bloch School at the University of Missouri –Kansas City
Hosted by Missouri Small Business Development Center, University of Missouri

Thursday, July 20 | Lincoln, NE Venue: Howard L. Hawks Hall
Hosted by Nebraska Business Development Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Friday, July 21 | Des Moines, IA Venue: FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines AreaCommunity
Hosted by the Iowa Small Business Development Center, Iowa State University of Science andTechnology



Skyway Flight Test Range Developments

The Skyway Flight Test Range is in development in northeast Oklahoma to support both the advancement of the national UAS and AAM industry along with generating new technologies and businesses in Oklahoma. This flight test range is a 115 mile track consists of 4 legs, or corridors, and 4 staging points, or nodes, connecting the OSU Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station with the Osage Nation Skyway36 Droneport by Tulsa. It is designed to support test and evaluation of AAM technologies and systems, including BVLOS, for a broad range of applications including unmanned vehicles, cargo or passenger transport. The flexibility of the Skyway Flight Test Range will be adaptive to changes in regulation and aerial vehicles, to demonstrate safety, security, and performance in a variety of situations integral to the growth of the industry.

There is a RFP opportunity to provide for command and control systems along with detect-and-avoid and unmanned traffic management systems. If you are interested, proposals are due by July 28 and details may be found at Oklahoma State Central Procurement under Skyway Range – Flight Corridor

The development of the Skyway Flight test range is a collaborative effort between Oklahoma State University (OSU), Osage LLC, and Tulsa Innovation Labs.


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.
Upcoming Industry Events
EAA Air Venture Oshkosh
July 24 - 30, 2023
Oschkosh, WI

FAA Drone Symposium
August 1-2, 2023
Baltimore, MD

Thunderbird Drone Festival
August 25 & 26, 2023
Woodward, OK

Commercial UAV Expo
September 5-7, 2023
Las Vegas, NV

Interdrone
Sept. 29 - Oct 1, 2023
Brooklyn, NY

Oklahoma Aerospace
November 2023 (date TBD)
Oklahoma City, OK

6th Annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
December 6, 2023
Tulsa, OK
Policy News
There's No Substitute for Chinese Drones (and That's a Problem)
Foreign Policy | 07/09/2023
Whenever you hear the tell-tale whining buzz of a drone, anywhere in the world, you're probably hearing a sound made in China.

FAA Clears ASKA's Flying Car
Manufacturing Business Technology | 06/30/2023
ASKA A5 is the world's first flying car to start the type certification process with the FAA. The Silicon Valley air mobility company's prototype was awarded Certificate of Authorization (COA) and Special Airworthiness Certification by the FAA and...

Perspectives on the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Initiative Act
Commercial UAV News | 06/28/2023
Recently, Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Initiative Act. The legislation aims "(T)o provide for a coordinated Federal initiative to accelerate unmanned aircraft systems civilian and advanced...
Research News
3 Challenges to Solve Before We Can Commute by Air Taxi
IEEE Spectrum | 07/08/2023
The success of urban air mobility will hinge on the ability to build and operate multiple vertiports within and near cities. These would be places where passengers would embark and disembark, aircraft would be recharged, and communications...

Creating Hydrogen from Seawater Could Be a Game Changer for the Aerospace Industry
dronelife | 07/07/2023
New Research on Producing Hydrogen from Seawater Could Help Boost Hydrogen Drone Tech

Oklahoma State University, partners take Oklahoma's aerospace and aviation leadership to next level
Oklahoma State University | 06/30/2023
Friday, Oklahoma State University and partners — including Tulsa Innovation Labs and the Osage Nation — celebrated a ribbon-cutting at the LaunchPad Center for Advanced Air Mobility at OSU-Tulsa's Helmerich Research Center (HRC). 

AFWERX integrates uncrewed traffic management to enhance safety, security
Space Operations Command | 06/29/2023
AFWERX and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate have installed an Uncrewed Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Equipping Eglin's Duke Field with the Collaborative Low-Altitude UAS...

Engineer looks to transform manufacturing of UAVs
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design | 06/27/2023
Increased automation would be gamechanger for manufacturing of unmanned aerial vehicles and urban air mobility.
Industry Headlines
Is Regional Air Mobility on the Verge of a Resurgence?
Future Flights | 07/05/2023
In recent years, much of the mainstream buzz surrounding advanced air mobility (AAM) has focused on small, futuristic aircraft concepts like electric air taxis and so-called "flying cars" that affluent urbanites might use to bypass traffic jams in...

San Francisco Bracing for the Most Highly-Anticipated eVTOL Event This Year
Autoevolution | 07/03/2023
The upcoming AIRTAXI World Congress in San Francisco is finally breaking the ice with what promises to be a show that will go down in history.

Q&A with Daniel Sloat, JD/MBA
The University of Oklahoma | 06/29/2023
Dan Sloat embodies the essence of a modern-day Renaissance Man. From a young age, an entrepreneurial spirit has been an intrinsic part of his character. As a prior United States Air Force Captain, drone pilot, novice sommelier, stand-up comedian,...

The Threat to Drones: GPS Jamming Systems, and the Countermeasures Available
dronelife | 06/29/2023
infiniDome, an Israeli developer of anti-GPS jamming systems, recently released a white-paper report focusing on various GPS jamming technologies, as well as countermeasures (such as the company's own GPSdome product).

Futuristic air taxis look to take to Mid-West skies for Ryder Cup
Limerick | 06/28/2023
A GROUNDBREAKING development in transport is poised to reshape the way people navigate, with 'air taxis' expected to be in use in Limerick as early as 2027 for the Ryder Cup in Adare.

Airbus and MIT Assess How Fairness Principles Might Apply to Air Traffic Management For eVTOL Aircraft and Drones
Future Flight | 06/27/2023
Just like uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS, aka drones), eVTOL aircraft require access to low-altitude airspace in and around cities to operate productively. They also need to fly in existing controlled airspace alongside larger aircraft, especially...

North Texas Innovation Alliance and Dallas County Launch UAS and Robotics Technology Program to Drive Smart County Vision
sUAS News | 06/27/2023
North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) – a 501(c)3 regional consortium of more than 40 municipalities, agencies, corporations and academic institutions across North Texas with a mission to build the most connected, smart and resilient region in the...

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