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May 25, 2017  

Tech Forum Welcomes xCraft's JD Claridge as Keynote Speaker
Well known for turning all the funder's heads on season 7 of Sharktank, the now famed team of xCraft received $1.5 million and buy in from all 5 judges.

Learn all about how xCraft leveraged Kickstarter and platforms like Shartank to raise funds, in additon to why they are one of the most talked about UAS technology developers.

Registration is open and you can save $50 if you register before July 21st.
UAS in the News
Students Use Drones To Survey Tornado Damage
In the aftermath of some of Oklahoma's strongest storms this spring, the need to rescue the trapped and get a sense of tole can't happen fast enough. In the aftermath of Oklahoma's most recent storms something different can be seen above the...

Researchers testing drones in Oklahoma to fill gaps in weather forecasts
Researchers are testing three drone systems in Oklahoma to see whether they can fill in the gaps when it comes to monitoring conditions just before severe thunderstorms erupt.These unmanned aircraft systems were designed to measure the temperature,...

Drone-Killing Laser Stars In Army Field Test
During a recent Army exercise at Fort Sill, Okla., a prototype laser shot down so many drones that its operator started losing count. "I took down, I want to say, twelve?" Staff Sgt. Eric Davis told reporters. "It was extremely effective."
Upcoming UASCI Events
2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference
June 8, 2017
Salina, KS
Join the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable on June 8, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at Kansas State University Polytechnic. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Oklahoma/Kansas economy going forward.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Apply to Make Technology Pitch - No cost to apply and your application is reviewed by potential strategic partners.

Selected Presenters receive one on one mentoring, walk away with a polished pitch and an opportunity to present to an audience of UAS industry leaders.

POSTPONED - Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
Tulsa University - Reynolds Center, H.A. Chapman Stadium and Mabee Gym
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus. UAV systems are effective in recruiting middle and high school students to fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The industrial applications of UAV systems continue to expand, and TU is home to innovative UAV research.
Upcoming Industry Events
Demand for Unmanned
June 6 - 7, 2017
Denver, CO
Now, in it's second year, our DEMAND for UNMANNED® UAS symposium brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and...

ASCEND
July 19 - 21, 2017
Portland, OR
ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed...

UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

InterDrone
September 6 - 8, 2017
Dallas, TX

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...
Headlines
AeroVironment's cell phone-size drone is helping US military forces
Pasadena Star-News | 05/22/2017
AeroVironment Inc., a Monrovia-based maker of unmanned aircraft systems, recently unveiled the Snipe Nano Quad. The miniature drone is about the size of a cell phone. AV got a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to deliver 30 Snipe systems.

New Radar to Expand Area UAVs Can Fly
WVXU Radio (Cincinnati OH) | 05/22/2017
At the Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport crews will begin installing a new kind of radar in June that will allow air traffic controllers to see a combination of planes and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Air Force and the State of Ohio are footing the $5 million radar bill in first-of-its-kind testing that both parties hope will lead to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for beyond line of sight flight.

Small business, small drone - $100 billion defense market opportunity
FOX Business | 05/20/2017
More than 400 companies from around the states, and the world, showed up in Florida last week to showcase their innovations during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. Their goal was to compete for some of those billions that U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) spends each year. 

A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA's drone registry requirement
TechCrunch.com | 05/19/2017
The FAA's drone database hit a major snag this week, courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft. The court argued that the drone registration database violates 2012's FAA Modernization and Reform Act.

FAA to Convene Companies, Law Enforcement on Drone Use
Internet Law Resource Center | 05/19/2017
The Federal Aviation Administration May 22 will host a meeting of law enforcement officials, drone manufacturers and others as it moves to address public safety concerns around commercial drone flights over people, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg BNA.

Drones swarming indoors only one highlight of AUVSI Xponential
GPS World | 05/17/2017
According to his letter to GPS World, Tony Murfin from GNSS Aerospace said the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual Xponential show, which took place May 8-11 in Dallas, Texas, seemed to be at least as large as last year's in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was one of among more than 7,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors.

Drones Go to Work
Harvard Business Review | 05/16/2017
The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here's how to think about the drone economy and your place in it.

Russia Developing Autonomous 'Swarm of Drones' in New Arms Race With U.S., China
Newsweek | 05/15/2017
Russia is working toward developing artificial intelligence for unmanned aerial vehicles that could one day be unified to form "swarms of drones," the company responsible for harnessing the technology said recently.

Student Designs ‘Nonni' UAS to Keep Autistic Children Safe
Unmanned Aerial Online | 05/15/2017
A student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) has designed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that uses high-tech sensors to help keep children with special needs, such as autism, safe. According to MIAD, the technology is described as an "assistive, artificially intelligent drone companion."

Texas A&M AgriLife officials: Unmanned air systems could boost crop production
North Texas e-News | 05/15/2017
nmanned aircraft systems, known as drones or UAS, could be an important tool in boosting agricultural production to accommodate a roughly 30 percent global population increase to 9 billion people by 2050.
That was the message delivered by Bob Avant at the 2017 Texas UAS Summit May 10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Emerging UAS Industry Triggers Growth in Specialty Insurance Market
The National Law Review | 05/12/2017
Unmanned Aerial Systems are without a doubt at the forefront of aerial innovation. As an emerging industry that is inherently fraught with risk, it should come as little surprise that the insurance market is quickly trying to capture and develop this promising new market.  One major carrier, Liberty Mutual, recently announced a joint venture with Acend, Inc. to launch a new drone insurance platform..

Congress increases funding for UAS research, airspace integration
GPS World | 05/11/2017
More than $20 million for research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was included in an appropriations package that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

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