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October 5, 2017  

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: UTILIZING DRONE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE AND BEYOND
The UASCI has partnered with The Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation and OCAST for the Sky's The Limit Symposium November 8th in Lawton, OK.

This one day Symposium will bring together industry leaders and experts to share the opportunities for drone and UAS use available in agriculture and other industries.

Guest speakers include:
  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Oklahoma's Secretary of Science & Technology, University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research
  • Michael Komp, Spatial Technology Services Manager, Noble Research Institute
  • Dennis Wallin, USDA Research
  • Jamey D. Jacob, PhD, John Hendrix Chair and Professor of Aerospace Engineering Director, Unmanned Systems Research Institute School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University

We hope to see you there!
UAS in the News
Where Are the Drones That Could Be Saving Puerto Rico?
With the crisis in Puerto Rico unfolding—and expanding—daily in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the scale of the devastation is coming into horrifying focus. It's not just that the American territory has been, by many accounts, "destroyed." It's that...

DJI Outlines Proposal for Managing, Monitoring Drone Traffic
DJI, a drone provider, has drafted a pair of new white papers that address its regulatory approach for the safe growth of drone traffic, which focuses on the use of existing technology and local communication protocols.

NDSU tests tech hand-held device that may someday go on a drone
A North Dakota State University engineer is studying a blinking, high-tech probe that someday may be deployed via drones to scout crops for things like disease and insect pests.
Upcoming UASCI Events
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: UTILIZING DRONE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE AND BEYOND
November 8, 2017
Lawton, OK 
Drones are more than just a fad. The Sky's The Limit Symposium will bring together industry leaders and experts to share the opportunities for drone and UAS use available in agriculture and other industries. Seats for this event are limited. Lunch will be provided courtesy of our sponsors.
Upcoming Industry Events
Commercial UAV Expo 2017
October 24-26, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Commercial UAV Expo is perfect for drone professionals who are looking to keep up-to-date on trends and new developments for industrial drone applications. This year's conference focuses on "UAV/UAS integration and operation forlarge asset...

Arizona UAS Summit & Expo
November 6-8, 2017
Mesa, AZ
The second annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will once again highlight the crucial storylines and emerging trends shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry on the national and regional levels. Produced by the team from UAS Magazine in...

DJI AirWorks 2017
November 7-9, 2017
Denver, CO
The 2nd Annual DJI AirWorks Conference will focus on applied drone solutions for the commercial industry's most challenging obstacles of today. AirWorks will feature exhibitions, training, and industry insights from partners in the UAV hardware,...

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...
Headlines
ScanEagle with Geographic Information Systems for Fighting Wildfires
UAS Vision | 10/05/2017
Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, together with Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics, successfully completed test flights on a revolutionary new way to support firefighting efforts using state-of-the-art software for firefighters and first responders.

Futuristic ‘spinning drone' may one day fight our battles for us
Digital Trends | 10/03/2017
In the United Kingdom, defense and aerospace specialist BAE Systems has been working with students at Cranfield University near London to design a futuristic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that alternates between fixed-wing flight and rotary-wing flight. While similar designs already exist, a flashy sci-fi-like video showing off how the drone might one day operate highlights a few differences with BAE Systems' so-called "Adaptable UAV."

New York opens first leg of drone test corridor
GCN.com | 09/29/2017
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned the spotlight on the state's recent investments in drone infrastructure research by announcing the opening of the first leg of an unmanned aerial system test corridor, a test facility and a deal with NASA to support the drone industry in the Mohawk Valley. The 50-mile UAS traffic management (UTM) corridor is designed to test beyond-visual-line-of-sight drone operations.

Drones, despite complications, essential to OSU researchers
Bellingham (OR) Herald | 09/28/2017
There's a lot that can go wrong in using unmanned aircraft to do survey work for research. Since he began using unmanned aircraft in his research in 2012, Oregon State University forestry professor Michael Wing has seen many ways a flight can go wrong.

New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms
Texas Tribune | 09/28/2017
House Bill 1643, which went into effect Sept. 1, makes it a crime to operate a drone over "concentrated animal feeding operations," as well as telecommunication facilities and certain oil and gas facilities. It also bars Texas cities and towns from making their own rules regulating drone usage — a measure that has become controversial in its own right.

This Drone Could Save Lives by Detecting Heartbeat and Breathing Rate
The Drive | 09/28/2017
Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a drone that remotely measures your heartbeat and breathing rate from up to nine feet away.

Illinois drone-service franchise opens for local, national work
UAS Magazine | 09/27/2017
Measure, one of the largest drone service providers in the U.S., is hoping Springfield, Illinois, will be the location that starts a major trend. This week, the company held its first-ever grand opening for Troy Reiser and his team, owners of a Measure-backed drone service franchise.

UMass researchers receive grant to keep skies safer by detecting low-flying drones
MassLive.com | 09/25/2017
A University of Massachusetts professor hopes a new grant will help him develop technology to detect low-flying unmanned aircraft and prevent collisions with airplanes or helicopters.

MSU flies second drone mission of its kind
Starksville (MS) Daily News | 09/21/2017
An unmanned aircraft system or "drone" performed a mission for only the second time during the Mississippi State University vs. LSU football game Sept. 16.

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