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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
December 19, 2019  

Happy Holidays
When approaching the holiday season, everyone here at the UAS Cluster Initative reflects on those that have made our success possible. Thank you for continuing to support us and may your holiday season be filled with joy.

See you in the New Year!
UAS in the News
Robo air taxi completes flight testing at Pendleton airport, Airbus moves on
Airbus has wrapped up flight testing of a pilotless air taxi in eastern Oregon skies and is moving on. The global aerospace company, along with its rival Boeing and many others, is striving to make flying cars an option for your urban commute...

Urban Air Mobility In 2020: Four Trends to Watch
 As more unmanned aircraft begin operating, there are four key technologies that will help ensure the safety and security of our airspace.

Kratos: If it's tactical, it will be built in OKC
Kratos Defense has plans to build more than just its Firejet and Valkyrie unmanned aircraft in Oklahoma City.
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
Flirtey Begins Drone Delivery Demonstrations In The Largest Industrial Center In The US | 12/20/2019
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...

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.

ASTM: Remote ID standards for drones coming soon
UAS Magazine | 12/18/2019
A highly anticipated ASTM International standard aims to satisfy the growing demand for better identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems in airspace systems worldwide.

Sentera, Anheuser Busch partner for use of drones, ag data
UA Magazine | 12/18/2019
Anheuser Busch InBev is turning to drones to ensure the stability of its barley acres. Through a long-term partnership with Minneapolis-based Sentera, AB InBev will utilize the expertise of Sentera and its understanding of drones, weather data,...

UAVs and Christmas Trees: New Research to Help NC Growers Benefit From Drone Technology
NC State News | 12/17/2019
High-tech tools meet holiday tradition in North Carolina this winter, thanks to a new research partnership that will explore how drone technology can help Christmas tree growers more efficiently measure and manage their unique crop.

Singapore- A Step Closer to Safe Drone Operations
sUAS News | 12/16/2019
Nova Systems has successfully completed the second stage of flight trials for the first UAS Traffic Management (UTM) trials in Singapore.

FAA Approves Rare Permit to Replant After Wildfires
UAS Weekly | 12/13/2019
The privately held startup DroneSeed obtained an additional amendment to its already unprecedented FAA Part 333 exemption that enables them to operate their seed-planting drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight in forested and post-fire areas.

FAA looks to the private sector for drone user testing platform | 12/13/2019
The Federal Aviation Administration named a dozen organizations, ranging from commercial drone manufacturers, pilots associations, universities and drone racing leagues, to help it develop and administer electronic safety tests for new owners of the...

Drone technology provider PrecisionHawk raises $32m investment
Aerospace Technology | 12/12/2019
US-based drone technology provider PrecisionHawk has raised $32m in Series E funding round from venture investors.

Miami County Sheriff's Office adds drone to its fleet of enforcement tools
WHIO TV | 12/12/2019
An unmanned aerial vehicle has been added to the Miami County Sheriff's Office as the newest piece of technology that could help make the difference between locating a lost person or suspect on the run. 

New Report Suggests Public-Safety Drone Pilots Need More Training
Drone Life | 12/10/2019
The growth of public-safety drones may be grounded before it can soar unless the industry makes key changes. That's the conclusion of a report released last week by DRONERESPONDERS.

UND UAS degree program reaches 10-year anniversary
sUAS News | 12/10/2019
Ten years ago, the Universitty of North Dakota became a leader in the unmanned aircraft systems field in 2009 by becoming the first university to offer a degree program in UAS  operations. It was the start of many firsts in the field of unmanned...

Draganfly — the first company to commercialize the drone
DroneDJ | 12/07/2019
Draganfly was the first company to commercialize the drone, along with a few other firsts, that was learned in this recent interview with company chairman and CEO Cameron Chell.

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