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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
August 30, 2019  

UAS in the News
Unlimited possibilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Congressmen, aerospace engineers, firefighters, farmers and pilots, among others, converged on Tony's Pizza Events Center on Aug. 21-22 for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Tech Forum.

Iris Automation Enables BVLOS Operations for Drones in Kansas and Beyond
BVLOS operations will do everything from enable the same-day delivery of goods to the automatic inspection of miles upon miles of infrastructure. That's why the work that the Kansas Department Of Transportation (KDOT) is doing as a member of the FAA...

How Much Do Drone Pilots Really Make (and Other Findings) from Our 2019 Drone Industry Survey
In our 2019 drone industry survey, we sought out to understand how the U.S. drone industry is doing — are pilots making money? What industries are they in? How often are they flying?

FAA approves Kansas for first unique drone flight
The Kansas Department of Transportation received the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a unique drone flight. This flight will be performed beyond the visual line of sight, meaning it will fly past the operator's...
Technology Spotlight
Drone detection and tracking with counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Navy scientist recently invented a system for drone detection, tracking, and controlling.

The technology has the ability to not only receive signals but also transmit signals. For C-UAS missions the system can transmit signals to jam the command and control (C2), telemetry, video, and GPS of the UAS. The system can also send legitimate but spoofed signals to deceive.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

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

Startups: How to conduct market research
Upcoming UASCI Events
Droneport Workshop – Hosted by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association
September 12, 2019
(Invitation only)

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

Droneport Workshop – Hosted by COEDD and the City of Stroud
October 10, 2019
(Invitation only)
Upcoming Industry Events
InterDrone 2019
September 3-6, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. Connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV...

AI Innovation Summit
San Francisco, CA
The AI Innovation Summit 2019 is coming to San Francisco, CA. Come learn, explore, and create with some of the world's most accomplished practitioners, thought leaders, and vendors. This unique program engages, inspires, and provides unique insights...

Commercial UAV EXPO Americas
Las Vegas, NV
Commercial UAV Expo focuses exclusively on a finite number of industries, making it the most effective and efficient vehicle for owners and operators in those industries to access the most relevant education, contacts and best-in-cass UAS technology...

NASA's Drone Challenge with Safeguard Technology
Hampton, VA
Application Deadline November 1, 2019 - The Safeguard with Autonomous Navigation Demonstration (SAND) Challenge will be an opportunity for small businesses to compete in an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle competition.

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...

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA
UAS summit features North Dakota technology
Grand Forks (ND) Herald | 08/27/2019
General Atomics, a tenant of the Grand Sky UAS Research and Development Park, has received a certificate of authorization to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights within 60 miles of the Grand Forks Air Force Base without a visual observer or a chase plane. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Aug. 27, by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., during a panel discussion at the Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit and Expo held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Bell Flies Autonomous Pod Transport Drone
AVweb | 08/26/2019
Bell's Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 unmanned aircraft system (UAS/drone) successfully completed its first autonomous flight on Monday at the company's testing site near Fort Worth, Texas.

Teleoperated Drones Help Police Tailor Responses
Inside Unmanned Systems | 08/26/2019
The Chula Vista Police Department is testing centrally dispatched, remotely piloted drones as a tool to expand and better prioritize responses to calls.

Putting Drones to Work for the Public
Inside Unmanned Systems | 08/25/2019
UAS are becoming a common tool in emergency services, with more agencies using the technology to increase efficiencies and help keep both personnel and the public safe.

Impossible Aerospace's US-1 crosses northern Nevada desert without recharging
AUVSI News | 08/22/2019
Impossible Aerospace has announced that its US-1 "flying battery" quadcopter is the first aircraft of its kind to cross the northern Nevada desert without recharging.

Drones increasingly used in Africa to save people's lives, deliver blood samples to labs
FOX News | 08/21/2019
From saving lives in Malawi to sport fishing in South Africa, drones are shaping a new future for the African continent.

FAA Approves Flytrex Drone Food Delivery Route Passing Over Major Highway in Holly Springs, N.C.
UAV Coach | 08/21/2019
Israeli-based drone delivery company Flytrex will begin making food deliveries in Holly Springs, North Carolina next month.

DOD plans 'trusted capital' program to match small UAS makers with investors
AUVSI News | 08/20/2019
The U.S. Department of Defense will roll out a "trusted capital" program this fall aimed at bolstering the domestic industrial base for small unmanned aircraft, said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.

Four steps to extend drone use in research
Nature | 08/20/2019
Drones are revolutionizing environmental research; however, drones could do much more. Scientists need to work with regulators and software developers to improve laws and data products.

High-tech pollination program begins work in ND sunflower fields
AgWeek | 08/19/2019
Concerns over honey bee health have led researchers to consider whether technology can play a part in pollination. For some researchers, that means looking into whether technology can replace bees. Harvard researchers have created RoboBees, insect-sized flying robots, and about a year ago, they found ways for the robots to fly untethered from power supplies. Numerous researchers are seeking ways to use tiny drones for means of artificial pollination.

Oneida Indian Nation using drones to protect land
Utica (NY) Observer Dispatch | 08/18/2019
The Oneida Indian Nation recently announced that it has formed a partnership with the Syracuse-based nonprofit NUAIR (Northeast Unmanned aircraft systems Airspace Integration Research) to use drones to monitor, observe, manage and protect its lands and other environmental resources.

Virginia Earns #1 Ranking among States for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Roanoke (VA) Star | 08/18/2019
Virginia has earned a #1 ranking for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in a recent report by Business Facilities magazine. The 15th annual report, which forecasts future climates for business development and economic opportunity, said that Virginia was the first choice for UAS systems business climate.

NASA drone testing in Corpus Christi is in its final stages
Corpus Christi Caller Times | 08/16/2019
Like road traffic, the drones will need a system to navigate the twists and turns of dynamic landscapes — and avoid hitting each another. Yearslong research in Corpus Christi — expected to reach its end in coming weeks — will likely play a small but significant role in development of such a traffic management system.

Researchers crashed drones into test dummies, and here's what they found | 08/15/2019
A study on the public risk from drones led by an Alabama university has arrived at few conclusions, mostly because of the wide variety of unmanned aerial vehicle available and the many ways they can collide with humans.

Success for several drone service firms continues in the oilfield
UAS Magazine | 08/15/2019
Drone service firms are finding success in the oilfields.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

13905 Quail Pointe Dr, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 |


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