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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
January 3, 2020  

UAS in the News
States now forming agreements with UAS service firms
Throughout the U.S., partnerships between UAS service providers and state agencies continue to grow, including Huntsville, AL-based UAS company Avion Unmanned has agreed to work with the state of Connecticut.

BVLOS is Complicated—Two Companies are Looking to Change That
Unmanned vehicle control expert Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems and Canadian UAVs, a Calgary, Alberta-based military-grade unmanned aviation services company, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to build a solution that could enable...

Flirtey Begins Drone Delivery Demonstrations In The Largest Industrial Center In The US
Flirtey announced today it has begun routine drone delivery demonstrations in a designated area inside the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI Center), located in Nevada. The demonstrations are in preparation for routine food delivery trials to...
Technology Spotlight
Multiport microwave device for compact antenna steering
Air Force Research Laboratory - Sensors Directorate

Air Force scientists invented a rollable multiport microwave device for a more compact antenna system that can fit inside a UAV.

Applications include UAVs, universal internet wireless base stations, mobile internet services, mobile internet devices, and similar markets.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Brian Metzer, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7707

Weekly tech roundup featuring six LiDAR technologies
Upcoming Industry Events
January 7-10, 2020
Las Vegas, NV
Explore the next wave of advancements in and applications of drone technology that are going to revolutionize the way we capture, monitor and assist our world.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
Washington, D.C.
International LiDAR Mapping Forum 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.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Washington D.C.
IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
How drones can help improve security and process efficiency at your plant
Plant Services | 01/02/2020
Beyond their surveillance capabilities, drones can support inspection and asset management inside the manufacturing plant.

NASA, South Dakota State students work on human-carrying drone
UAS Magazine | 01/02/2020
Engineering students at South Dakota State University are designing a drone large enough to carry a human for their capstone senior design project through a nearly $80,000 grant from NASA.

Everything we know about the drones watching over Times Square on New Year's Eve
Quartz | 12/31/2019
If weather permits, the New York City Police Department will fly drones over the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, marking the first time that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to patrol the skies at the annual event.

With counter UAS, Liteye expands footprint and head count
UAS Magazine | 12/30/2019
Liteye Systems Inc. a U.S.-based counter unmanned aerial systems developer, announced in December the opening of a new 55,000 square foot facility in Highfield Business Park, near Centennial Airport, CO to accommodate rapid growth and support...

Defining the Decade: Grand Sky takes No. 1 on Herald's top 10 business stories
Grand Forks Herald | 12/27/2019
From its ground breaking in 2015 until now, Grand Sky has seen continued growth, expansion and milestones, and is No. 1 on the Herald's Top 10 business stories of the past decade.

FAA issues notice of proposed rulemaking for remote identification of drones
DroneDJ | 12/26/2019
Right after Chrismas, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for remote identification of drones. The NPRM document is scheduled to be officially published on December 31, 2019, after which we will have 60 days to comment on it.

Autonomous drone racing developing technology of the future
Houston Chronicle | 12/25/2019
Imagine if you could turn on a drone, and by itself, it could rise off the floor, map an area, and fly itself on any assigned mission? That's the goal of the teams that competed for $1 million this past December in the inaugural Artificial...

A Very Merry LiDAR Christmas
Inside Unmanned Systems | 12/24/2019
RedTail LiDAR Systems of Fairmont, West Virginia, recently demonstrated the value of its precision-ag UAS technology by sharing some UAS Christmas spirit with a near neighbor, the Mt. Zion Nursery.

Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round
Tech Crunch | 12/24/2019
Modern agriculture involves fields of mind-boggling size, and spraying them efficiently is a serious operational challenge. Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory...

DJI Responds to Florida Senators Over Chinese Drone Claims
Florida Daily | 12/23/2019
China-based dronemaker DJI recenty responded to concerns expressed by two Florida senators and others over the security threats posed by Chinese drones.

Drone industry continues to soar as devices cause headaches for airports
Milford Daily News | 12/23/2019
Over the past five years, the FAA has received nearly 200 drone sighting reports at Massachusetts airports and more than 8,600 reports nationwide. Nevertheless, the drone industry continues to thrive.

FAA turns to drone community to develop safety test for recreational flyers
Inside Unmanned Systems | 12/23/2019
To advance public safety among recreational drone operators, the Federal Aviation Administration is currently developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems aeronautical knowledge test. 

Chinese scientists create ‘game-changer' methanol battery that keeps drone in the air for 12 hours
South China Morning Post | 12/21/2019
Chinese cientists working on a drone development program created a "game-changing" methanol-powered fuel system that kept their UAV in the air for 12 hours.

Here are the world's largest drone companies and manufacturers to watch and stocks to invest in 2020
Business Insider Nordic | 12/20/2019
Drone stocks are massive opportunities for companies and investors alike. Companies across the US have rushed to deploy drones to cut costs, boost operational efficiency, and open up new streams of revenue. 

Pentagon Wants to Spark an American Small-Drone Industry
Defense One | 12/20/2019
The Defense Department expects to focus on domestically created and funded unmanned aerial systems and counter-unmanned aerial systems in 2020 as part of its ongoing efforts to secure its supply chain.

Drone alone? How to safely exploit autonomous aviation
Diginomica | 12/19/2019
How unmanned aviation could be either a boon or a nuisance – depending on how well the technologies are managed.

This Drone Company May Change the Way You Think About Take-Out Forever
DroneLife | 12/19/2019
This Irish startup is trying to totally change the way that you think about takeout.

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