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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
May 10, 2019  

Webinar May 22 - Getting a Drone Business Off the Ground
If you are thinking about starting a UAS-related business or are currently in the process of starting one and need some guidance on how to grow it, plan to attend the complimentary webinar "Getting a Drone Business Off the Ground," on May 22 from 12-1 p.m. CST.

Hear from several current drone business owners as they share their real-life experiences and provide tips that may help you in your pursuit of starting a UAS-related business.

Register now for the webinar.
UAS in the News
K-State Drone Program wins award
The unmanned aircraft program at Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus has been named the second-place winner in the Training and Education category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International.

Why your agency needs a UAS program for public safety – and how you can afford it
Public safety agencies need a UAS program with hardware and software purpose-built for public safety needs. Thanks to a new municipal financing program specifically for public safety, agencies also have a new way to afford the UAS program they need....

Bell Nexus: The passenger drone / Air Taxi of the future
The Bell Nexus was arguably the exhibit to see at this year's AUVSI XPonential 2019 in Chicago. It is an impressively large passenger drone / Air Taxi capable of carrying five passengers. 

Grand Sky And Harris Partner To Create UAS BVLOS Super Corridor
Grand Sky Business and Aviation Park and Harris Corp. have joined forces to enable the country's first and largest unmanned aerial system (UAS) airspace to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations and UAS Traffic Management...
Technology Spotlight
UAV equipped with sensors and communications specific for law enforcement use
Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate
Researchers at the Air Force have developed a small UAV, deployable from the officer's vehicle, which can interact with a subject of interest.

The officer can issue instructions to the subject through the UAV, capture images of the subject or his/her documents, and compare those to database records. On-board sensors can also identify suspicious objects such as weapons. This vehicle-deployed UAV includes a base station mounted on the roof of the patrol vehicle from which the UAV is launched, retrieved, and secured during transport.

Businesses or entrepreneurs can license this technology for commercial development.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Weekly tech roundup: drone technology special edition
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
Oklahoma SBIR Road Tour
May 20, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK
Registration is Open - Connect with Program Managers from the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Kansas SBIR Road Tour
May 21, 2019
Kansas City, KS
NON-DILUTIVE FUNDING TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES. Every year, the Dept. of Defense, National Science Foundation, NASA, Dept. of Energy, National Institutes of Health, and other government...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
May 21 - 23, 2019
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.

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...

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...
Chernobyl's Red Forest mapped by drones as scientists discover radioactive hotspots
FOX News | 05/08/2019
Chernobyl's ghostly Red Forest, one of the most radioactive sites on the planet, has been mapped by specially-equipped drones to measure the extent of its contamination.

Fire fight: using military drone swarms to tackle civil emergencies
Air Force Technology | 05/08/2019
Defense researchers are examining ways that emergency responders could use next-generation technologies – particularly those that have been developed for use on the battlefield – to help prevent the deadly spread of wildfires and save lives at home. To this end, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has kickstarted the first-of-its-kind "hackathon" project in collaboration with the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, known as the "Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack."

MSU's Brooks appears before U.S. Senate committee, testifies on future of UAS research
Mississippi State University Website | 05/08/2019
Dallas Brooks, director of Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, joined an elite group of national experts and officials on May 8, who testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation at a hearing titled, "New Entrants in the National Airspace: Policy, Technology and Security Issues for Congress." The focus was the current state of the NAS, status of integration efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration for these new entrants into the NAS, and questions that remain.

U.S. Senators Urge FAA to Move Forward on Remote ID
Unmanned Aerial | 05/08/2019
U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and John Thune, R-S.D., are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to swiftly publish a proposed rule for the remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Advanced Drone Technology Spreads Its Wings in Ohio
Government Technology | 05/07/2019
A new high-tech radar system called SkyVision, developed by Ohio's Department of Transportation and the Air Force Research Laboratory, will allow drones to fly beyond the visual line of sight.

Drone developer, fiber optics firm partner to monitor pipelines
UAS Magazine | 05/07/2019
This week, SkyX systems, a unmanned aircraft systems provider announced a partnership with E'Kabel on a plan that will use drones and fiber optics placed inside a pipeline to monitor for pressure changes, leaks or disruptions along pipeline corridors.

FAA projects massive growth in commercial drone use
Smart Cities Dive | 05/07/2019
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects that the number of commercial drones in the skies could triple by 2023, according to an annual forecast report.

First-of-its-kind drone program in North Carolina is helping diagnose patients faster
CBS This Morning | 05/07/2019
A North Carolina hospital is pioneering the use of drones to speed up the delivery of critical medical samples across WakeMed Hospital's campus. The first-of-its-kind delivery program in the U.S. -- a partnership with UPS -- carries a small cooler of medical samples to a lab three quarters of a mile away. 

Analysis: 5 Aerial Robotics Takeaways from Xponential 2019
Robotics Business Review | 05/06/2019
Optimism abounded at last week's AUVSI-sponsored event in the unmanned systems space, but they also acknowledged challenges ahead.

State, local leaders celebrate $33 million investment in drones in Grand Forks
Grand Forks (ND) Herald | 05/06/2019
With its airport, Air Force base and college aerospace program, the Grand Forks region has celebrated several takeoffs and landings over the years. On Monday, leaders of the local unmanned aerial systems sector celebrated another takeoff as they gathered to celebrate a $33 million investment in North Dakota's UAS and drone industry.

This UMD drone could revolutionize how donor organs are delivered
The Diamondback, University of Maryland | 05/06/2019
A 44-year-old Baltimore, Md., woman waited eight years for a kidney transplant. Last month, a drone created by the University of Maryland delivered one to her. The April 19 delivery was the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft delivered a donor organ to a transplant recipient.

Hollywood drone pilots reveal the cameras used on feature films at AUVSI 2019
DroneDJ | 05/05/2019
As a hobbyist (and occasional professional) drone pilot, I have often wondered what Hollywood filmmakers are flying with. This information is often kept under wraps, as many pilots are not allowed to discuss what films they work on or what equipment they use. We found one drone operator at AUVSI 2019 that was more than willing to share. Some of the cameras they use are surprising, and the drones that lift those cameras are some of the biggest in the business.

FAA grants AFRL waiver to operate SkyVision technology to advance UAS research
U.S. Air Force Website | 05/01/2019
The Air Force Research Laboratory in partnership with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has achieved its goal of establishing a test site within one hour of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, from which AFRL researchers can fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from beyond the visual line of sight.

DJI announces new Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center
DroneDJ | 04/29/2019

This morning, DJI announced that the drone maker will start a special drone training program to bring new drone pilots up to speed quickly. It is called the Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center (UTC) program. 

Microsoft TechSpark grants $100K to North Dakota's Airtonomy drone startup
Geek Wire | 04/23/2019
Microsoft has awarded a $100,000 TechSpark grant to support Airtonomy, a startup that's partnering with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation to blaze a trail for drone applications in North Dakota's "Silidrone Valley."

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