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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
May 23, 2019  

Would you like to demo your technology at the UAS Tech Forum?
The upcoming UAS Tech Forum will feature autonomous demos of all kind. If you would like to show off your technology and drone skills at this year's UAS Tech Forum, set for August 21-22, in Salina, KS, contact us today!

All demos take place during the opening reception in a controlled indoor arena (outside demos can be accommodated, if needed). All autonomous demos are welcome to take part; however, spots are filling up fast.

Demos are a great way to gain media attention and showcase your technology to strategic industry partners. Simply contact Amanda Radovic at to secure your spot.
UAS in the News
K-State Hosting Midwest Big Data Hub with Focus on UAS for Digital Agriculture
Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus in Salina will host the third annual Midwest Big Data Hub "Digital Agriculture Spoke: All-Hands Meeting" on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The event is also co-located with sixth annual UAS Tech Forum.

Survey: State DOTs Increasingly Embracing Drones
A May 2019 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) underscores the rapid deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by state departments of transportation (DOTs), as well as the growing demand for...

Weather scientists from Norman have vital role in TORUS Project
About half a dozen trucks from Norman stood ready to deploy last week inside an aircraft hangar just north of Wichita.
Technology Spotlight
Vigilant Spirit UAV ground control software
Air Force Research Laboratory - 711th Human Performance Wing
The Air Force developed a new, non-proprietary UAV software that can control multiple groups and types of UAVs that can be customized for individual operators or missions. It's called the Vigilant Spirit Control Software.

The 711th Human Performance Wing is using an information transfer agreement or a license agreement to provide private companies with access to its Vigilant Spirit Control Station software package.

Contact: Brian Metzger, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Naval Research Laboratory improves autopilot algorithm for soaring drones
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
June 19, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
June 19, 2019 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
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
Concordia, KS
Registration Deadline July 22. Cloud County Community College Renewable Energy Technology will be providing comprehensive training this summer for those High School Teachers tasked with introducing drones into their curriculum.

KANSAS UAS Integration Pilot Program - Enabling drone use for public safety
Wichita, KS
The Kansas UAS Integration Pilot Program invites first responders to a one-day, informative event aimed at advancing UAS operations for first responders and public safety officials in Kansas and beyond. Topics to be covered: Overview of the State...

FAA UAS Symposium
June 3 - 5, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Together with AUVSI, the Federal Aviation Administration organizes the FAA UAS Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 12-14, 2019. The FAA says that they are "getting down to business. We're not waiting for what's next, we're...

2019 Kansas Association of Airports Conference
Fort Scott. Kansas

Drone Expo East
June 27 - 30, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Drone Expo International has announced Drone Expo East, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the eastern United States.

Fly K-State Academy
July 22-25, 2019
Salina, KS
Registration is limited to 12 participants. Do you dream of flying? Are you an aspiring pilot? The Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team is your host as you start your pilot training at Fly K-State Academy. Complete four missions designed to push...

UAS Training for High School Teachers and Administrators
Salina, KS
Kansas State Polytechnic invites Kansas high school teachers and administrators to participate in an immersive, one-week program focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This program will cover all aspects of UAS for high school teachers and...

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...
World's largest drone maker to start putting airplane, helicopter detectors in nearly all machine
Washington Examiner | 05/22/2019
The world's largest drone maker, DJI Technologies, announced May 22 it will begin including airplane and helicopter detectors in nearly all consumer drones manufactured in and after 2020, making it the first company to do so.

States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife
The Sumter ITEM | 05/21/2019
In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures.

Hackaday | 05/20/2019
Yesterday Alphabet (formerly known as Google) announced that their Wing project is launching delivery services per drone in Finland, specifically in a part of Helsinki. 

Here's why your internet may be delivered by a drone someday soon
Herald-Tribune | 05/19/2019
As the pilotless flying wing came in for a landing, winds suddenly picked up. Facebook Inc.'s Aquila drone — powered by the sun and wider than a Boeing 737 jetliner — struggled to adjust. Just before landing, part of the right wing broke off.

DHL Express Launches Its First Regular Fully-Automated and Intelligent Urban Drone Delivery Service
Cision PRweb | 05/17/2019
DHL Express, the world's leading international express delivery service provider, and the world's leading intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China. 

Temporarily grounded? Recreational drone operators face new FAA requirements
Yahoo Finance | 05/17/2019
Are you planning to take your drone out for a spin this weekend? First, you'd better check the map, and a new list of requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Rescue Drones Need to Learn How Lost Humans Think
Scientific American | 05/16/2019
New research seeks to improve the effectiveness of unmanned aerial vehicles in search and rescue operations

Zurich Researchers Teach Drone to Dodge with Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance
dronelife | 05/16/2019
One of the many things preventing urban drone deliveries reaching Amazone Prime levels of mass adoption is the threat of interference, whether that's from pets, kids, thieves, gun-toting neighbors or rogue footballs.

Drone Service Providers Help Meet Growing Demand for Commercial Drone Pilots—PrecisionHawk's Open Drone Jobs, and More
UAV Coach | 05/15/2019
Now is a great time to be a commercial drone pilot.

U.S. Sen. Wicker Talks UAS Progress at Hearing
Unmanned | 05/15/2019
On May 8, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. – chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee – convened a hearing to consider the challenges of incorporating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and commercial space launch vehicles into national airspace.

Drone swarm operations gaining traction
UAS Magazine | 05/14/2019
At Iowa State University, a team of researchers has developed a new analytical model that examines the cost, time and energy related to a multi drone flight based on the number of drones used and charging stations available.

FAA May Be Off Target With Forecast For Threefold Growth In Commercial Drones
Forbes | 05/14/2019
There's some good information in the FAA's new five-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) forecast, but there are reasons to doubt the accuracy of the agency's projections in two areas that have captured attention: the claims that there will be roughly threefold growth in the numbers of commercial drones and UAS-certified pilots. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly in the report.

NMSU student's project aims to improve flight time of unmanned aerial systems
Las Cruces Sun News | 05/11/2019
A New Mexico State University mechanical engineering Ph.D. student is leading a project to increase the endurance of UAS through solar power and utilizing thermals.

The Client-Building Strategy for Drone Pilots You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should
UAV Coach | 05/11/2019
Adam Goldberg, a full-time architecture and real estate photographer, got involved in the drone industry as a way to share a different perspective of a property to his clients. With his commercial drone license, Adam was able to transform his business into a full-service company providing both aerial and on-the-ground photography and video.

UAV Operator Zipline Has Proven Its Worth In Africa — Ready To Scale
Clean Technica | 05/11/2019
How Rwanda Built A Drone Delivery Service — An Update On The Zipline Story

Tech firms vying to sell drones, robots and other unmanned systems to the military
The Washinton Post | 05/10/2019
Hoping to capitalize on an imagined future in which robots are on the front lines of warfare, defense contractors are making new investments in small, portable drone systems that can surveil enemy territory or even neutralize targets.

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