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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
December 20, 2018  

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Bright New Year
2018 has been another amazing year for the UAS Industry. We look forward to seeing what 2019 has in store.

From the UASCI team to you and yours, Happy Holidays and may the new year be filled with joy, prosperity, good health, and drones!
UAS in the News
Kansas State Polytechnic offers scholarships to first responders
Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus in Salina is offering $500 scholarships to first responders interested in attending the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) commercial remote pilot training course in 2019.

CCCC offering free drone workshop
Cloud County Community College's small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (sUAS) program will be offering a free workshop in January to teach the ins and outs of drone ownership.

Kansas State Polytechnic granted waiver to introduce BVLOS flights into curriculum
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has announced that its UAS flight and operations degree option is the first in the nation to introduce flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) into college curriculum.

Local startup seeks Microsoft grant to make data more available
A Grand Forks, N.D. startup could begin on a project that would make data and imagery from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) more available to everyone.

Kansas working to shape the future of unmanned aircraft
State and national officials visited the K-State Polytechnic Campus on Dec. 6 to discuss how Kansas is helping shape the future of Unmanned Aerial Systems, commonly known as drones.
Technology Spotlight
Stacked power modules with integrated cooling
Army Research Lab
Army scientists have developed an approach for power electronics packaging which takes advantage of multi-functional components in a stacked architecture with integrated cooling. This technology could be deployed in diverse applications including hybrid and electric vehicles, UAVs, renewable energy systems, generators, aerospace, and oil drilling. It could also be used in lower powered systems including mobile phones, electronics chargers, and computers, where the cooling requirements would be much less but the packaging approach highly beneficial.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7782

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

Join us on January 9, 2019 for a presentation by Brian Meier of XWorks fromTulsa, Oklahoma, and Anthony Molzahn, CEO of AegisFlow, a product of Project Phoenix from Fargo, North Dakota,

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

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

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
CCCC Free Drone Workshop
Concordia, KS
To register for the workshop, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374. The deadline to register is January 5.

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.

Rural and Independent Innovators Conference
Manhattan, KS
Do you have an innovative idea but are unsure of whether or how to move forward? Or are you a company looking to expand through innovation but do not know how to access innovative ideas? On January 28th and 29th, the Kansas SBDC will be hosting our...

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.
Virginia Tech unveils new drone park on campus
WDBJ7 | 04/19/2618
Virginia Tech unveiled their new drone park Thursday morning, but it wasn't your average ribbon cutting.

A drone held up one half of the ribbon and once Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands cut the ribbon, the drone flew the piece of ribbon all over the new drone park.

Drones, 3D App Could Improve Inspections for Aging Bridges
R&D Magazine | 12/19/2018
More than 54,000 of the 612,677 bridges in the U.S. have at least one key element that is in poor or worse condition, according to a 2018 bridge deficiency report conducted by the Federal Highway Administration. To address the critical need to manage aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers are turning to robotic drones.

Is Our Airspace Safe? Why Counter Drone Technology is Necessary
Commercial UAV News | 12/18/2018
Unmanned aerial vehicles are here to stay, and that means our airspace is changing too. However, along with brand new possibilities come brand new threats. As drones get more accessible and affordable, more amateur and untracked pilots are taking flight. What does this renaissance mean for manned aircraft, commercial and military drones, and even people and property on the ground?

An Island Nation's Health Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone
The New York Times | 12/17/2018
In the village of Cook's Bay, on the remote side of the remote island of Erromango, in the remote South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, 1-month-old Joy Nowai was given shots for hepatitis and tuberculosis that were delivered by a flying drone on Monday, making Vanuatu the only country in the world to make its childhood vaccine program officially drone-dependent.

Is someone getting a drone for Christmas? Raleigh will help you find a place to fly it.
News & Record | 12/17/2018
If you or someone you know gets a drone for Christmas, city officials want to help you find somewhere to fly it.

Genius NY program announces finalists for its third round
Central New York Business Journal | 12/14/2018
Genius NY, a business accelerator program at CenterState CEO's Tech Garden, has announced the five companies selected as finalists for its third round. These startup drone companies will participate in the year-long program and will compete for a total of $3 million in direct investment, with one grand prize of up to $1 million and four $500,000 awards, CenterState CEO said in a news release.

Organs by Drone? Unmanned Flying Vehicles Could Soon Carry Body Parts for Human Transplants
Newsweek | 12/13/2018
Since their surge in popularity in recent years, drones have been heralded as the future of transportation, carrying everything from packages to people. But they could also revolutionize the medical field as well by being used to transport human organs for transplants.

NYPD Acquires 14 Drones for New Unmanned Aircraft System Program
UAV Coach | 12/12/2018
Earlier this month, the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program. The Department has acquired 14 new drones and brought on licensed NYPD officers to operate them as part of the program.

Sunflower Labs wants to be the ADT of Home Drone Surveillance: An Interview with the Founder
dronelife | 12/12/2018
Sunflower Labs is using drone technology in ways that were not possible or even thought of a few years ago.  We interviewed Alex Pachikov, the co-founder and CEO of Sunflower, about his home surveillance solution.

Russia company makes drones for Arctic work
GPS World | 12/11/2018
Russian small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov presented the ZALA Arctic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) adapted for work in Arctic latitudes at the eighth international forum, "The Arctic: the Present and the Future," reports Russian state news agency TASS. The drone has its own GIRSAM alternative navigation system developed specially for the navigation of both UAVs and the ground-and water-based users amid the suppression or the absence of GPS or GLONASS signals.

Drone technology could be panacea to poaching
Newsday | 12/10/2018
STRINGENT government regulations are hindering the use of innovative technologies such as anti-poaching drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAVS), globally identified as the single biggest answer to the poaching crisis.

Companies commit to creating drone-related jobs
Utica Observer-Dispatch | 12/09/2018
Recently, Assured Information Security in Rome, New York, announced its dedication to the drone industry after more investment from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office through the Unmanned Aerial Systems Job Fund that will benefit the Mohawk Valley and Central New York.

Agility training for responder drones | 12/07/2018
To ensure that police, fire and medical emergency teams using unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency situations can all perform basic maneuvers to an adequate safety and proficiency standard, NIST has developed test methods that measure both the capabilities of drones and the skill of their pilots.

DriveOhio unveils strategic plan for drone research
SmartCitiesDive | 12/06/2018
DriveOhio, the state's autonomous vehicle research office, announced a strategic partnership with the Ohio UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Center to research how drones can fit into smart air and ground traffic control.

Ohio Researches Drones to Help Manage Traffic Control
Government Technology | 12/06/2018
DriveOhio and the Ohio UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Center in Springfield on Wednesday announced a plan to research how drones can help traffic control.

DriveOhio and Ohio UAS Center Form Drone-Focused Partnership
Unmanned Aerial Online | 12/05/2018
DriveOhio, the state's center for smart mobility, has teamed with the Ohio UAS Center to support unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and development.

Israeli drone could revolutionize US farm production
Asia Times | 12/05/2018
Elbit Systems, the listed Israeli defense group, is set to revolutionize the US agriculture industry through its Fargo, North Dakota, pilot program that uses a military-grade unmanned aerial vehicle for crop surveillance.

North Dakota Governor Proposes $30 Million for UAS Infrastructure
Unmanned Aerial Online | 12/05/2018
Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., has announced a $30 million proposal to build out infrastructure that would support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across North Dakota.
CSD Drone Year in Review 2017
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