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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
December 21, 2017  

Tidings of Joy

May Peace, Joy and Happiness be yours during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

UAS in the News
Oklahoma State University engineering students design sensor for NASA research program
A team of "Space Cowboys" designed and built an instrument that records atmospheric conditions at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet as part of NASA's Student Opportunities in Airborne Research program. The Oklahoma State University engineering...

Osage Nation Applies for FAA Pilot Program
The Osage Nation has gone forward with the submission of the Air Space Corridor request for UAS or Unmanned Aerial Systems operations for the former Tulsa Air Park.

UAS Tech Company Vigilant Aerospace Secures ‘The Flying Object' Funding
Oklahoma City-based Vigilant Aerospace has announced a new investment from Kluz Ventures through its commercial drone and robotics fund, The Flying Object (TFO).

Broken Arrow Police get a drone, announce it won't be used for surveillance
The Broken Arrow, Okla., Police Department is letting fly advanced technology — a drone — to help its officers better survey scenes and provide tactical support. The department's Police Academy Alumni Association recently donated the $2,500 piece of...
Technology Spotlight
Hand Gesture Recognition System
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division - Patuxent River
The US Navy is integrating unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the mix of aircraft landing and taking off from the nation's aircraft carriers, requiring a system to communicate with these remote-controlled devices on busy, crowded high tempo flight decks. The Naval Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Lakehurst, NJ has developed such a system that interprets standardized visual cues from an aircraft handler and provides an output that can be used by the UAS's onboard computer to move the vehicle as directed by the ground handler.

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Upcoming Industry Events
AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
FAA restricts drone operations over DOE facilities
UAS Magazine | 12/19/2017
At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – "Special Security Instructions" – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over seven Department of Energy facilities.

Over 2,800 Drone Firms Are "Interested Parties" in UAS Integration Pilot Program
Drone Life (blog) | 12/18/2017
Over 2,800 commercial drone firms have applied to be "interested parties" – partnering with state, local and tribal governments on the UAS Integration Pilot Program.

Virginia investment in radar technology pays dividends for drone research
Augusta (VA) Free Press | 12/13/2017
Virginia is emerging as an incubator for both research and policy in the drone industry. Synergy between government and university initiatives has contributed to the state's trailblazer status. A representative example: This year, funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia for a state-of-the art radar laid the groundwork for a research award of $1.6 million from NASA to the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. The project focuses on a key challenge for the industry: enabling unmanned aircraft, also known as UAS or drones, to detect and avoid other aircraft.

Aeronyde, Safe Urban UAV Flight Systems, Closes Funding
sUAS News | 12/12/2017
Aeronyde, the aerial systems company enabling safe autonomous urban flight, today announced $4.7 million in seed financing to develop its end-to-end infrastructure for self-flying vehicles.

ARSA Seeks Insight On UAS Aftermarket Growth | 12/12/2017
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association, seeking to quantify the extent of unmanned aircraft system aftermarket activity amid some eye-popping fleet numbers, is asking its members for input on how much work they're doing on the growing category of aircraft.

Hobbyist Drone Registration Is Officially Back
Unmanned Aerial Online | 12/12/2017
President Donald Trump on Dec. 12 signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes a provision to reinstate federal registration for hobbyist unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

American Robotics unveils UAS platform for precision farming
AUVSI News | 12/11/2017
An industrial UAS developer called American Robotics has unveiled its flagship product, Scout, which is a self-charging, self-managing UAS platform capable of autonomously conducting daily scouting missions in the field of precision farming.

The Day Of The Drone -- How Flying Robots Are Revolutionizing Business
Forbes | 12/07/2017
Few would have imagined the transformation of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, from toys for adults to revolutionary machines for businesses, the military, cinema, maintenance groups, fire-fighters, health services, farming and so much more. But, as competition in the marketplace drives down prices, how exactly will drones revisit traditional business models? One thing is for sure: thanks to them, companies not only can design innovative value propositions, but also radically modify the way they operate.

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