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  July 25, 2023


Spotlight: TRAM Summit Startup Showcase application deadline extended to August 18th.


The application deadline for the TRAM Summit Startup Showcase is now August 18th.

Don't pass up the chance to pitch your business to investors at the TRAM Summit Startup Showcase. This event is scheduled for October 2, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is sponsored by the UAS Angel Network in partnership with Tulsa Innovation Labs and The Tulsa Region Advanced Mobility (TRAM) Summit.

To reserve your opportunity, apply today at: UAS Angel Network Startup Showcase at TRAM Summit. The top 3 companies will be selected to give 10-minute pitches on the main stage with the opportunity for Q&A. Other selected companies will be invited to a speed pitch event and participate in networking opportunities. Already,eight investor groups are confirmed, offering a great environment for funding possibilities for startups in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), and aerospace industry.
    Notable technologies, services or products of interest include:
  • Systems monitoring software,
  • Operational simulations or efficiency software,
  • Advanced composites and advanced manufacturing with aerospace applications,
  • Battery and charging technologies with aerospace applications,
  • Advanced sensor systems
  • AI or data analytics tools in these domains or other UAS/AAM applications
If you are interested in pitching to a curated group of investors at this exclusive event, apply today!

The deadline for applications is August 18, 2023
Selected presenters will be notified by: September 1, 2023
Application details may be found on the UAS Angel Network Website

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.
UAS in the News
Senator Markwayne Mullin meets with OSU and military representatives regarding aerospace advancement
Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, visited Stillwater Wednesday to see the Excelsior Lab – Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute. He was able to tour the facility and learn how OSU is connecting the private and public...

Tulsa Is Reinventing Itself
Tulsa, whose existing manufacturing base in energy and aviation has experienced erosion, is one of scores of communities leveraging federal grants under the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better American Rescue Plan, approved in 2021. Tulsa will use the...
Upcoming Industry Events
Thunderbird Drone Festival
August 25 & 26, 2023
Woodward, OK

Commercial UAV Expo
September 5-7, 2023
Las Vegas, NV

Interdrone
Sept. 29 - Oct 1, 2023
Brooklyn, NY

Oklahoma Aerospace
November 2023 (date TBD)
Oklahoma City, OK

6th Annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
December 6, 2023
Tulsa, OK
Policy News
Regulating UAS in 2023
Aviation Today | 08/03/2023
In an ever-evolving drone industry landscape, state and local legislators are grappling with creating effective and fair regulations for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS)

Scaling Up Drone Services Will Help Win Public Acceptance, Drone Event Speakers Say
inside unmanned systems | 08/03/2023
Many unmanned systems companies are planning to scale up drone deliveries and create a new, Jetsons-style world of advanced air mobility (AAM), but how will they win the trust and confidence of the public?

From Ground to Sky: The Integration of Unmanned Traffic Management into Smart City Infrastructure
Fagen Wasanni Technologies | 07/29/2023
The integration of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) into smart city infrastructure is a revolutionary development that is set to redefine urban mobility from the ground to the sky.

Drones in Agriculture: Part 137 and Leveraging Spraying Drones
dronelife | 07/26/2023
As the Drone Nerds' ElevateUAV Summit kicked off in Miami this morning, the Keynote speech highlighted fastest growing verticals in the commercial drone industry.
Research News
XPRIZE Announces Finalists for Rainforest Competition: The Best Use of Drones for Conservation
dronelife | 07/31/2023
Recently, XPRIZE announced 6 finalists for its $10,000,000 Rainforest competition to develop new biodiversity assessment technologies, all featuring the use of UAV technology and drones to improve scientific research and conservation in these...

Study Offers Objective Insights to Near-Miss Collisions Between Drones, Airplanes
Cision | 07/25/2023
Between August 2018 and July 2021, researchers with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Unmanned Robotic Systems Analysis (URSA) identified 24 near-midair collisions (NMACs) in which sUAS or "drones" came within 500 feet of piloted aircraft...
Industry Headlines
Texas Is Getting a Pioneering Air Taxi Showroom and Dealership
Autoevolution | 08/03/2023
If we're going to get flying cars, we'll need showrooms and dealerships.

DroneShield Launches Area-Specific Satellite Denial Systems
sUAS News | 08/02/2023
DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (DroneShield or the Company) is pleased to announce launch and initial order from a Defence customer for its target area-specific Satellite Denial Systems.

ANRA Technologies Empowers NASA High Density Vertiplex Operations Center with ATM Solution
UAS Weekly.com | 08/01/2023
NASA Langley Research Center's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) High Density Vertiplex (HDV) sub-project recently hosted a live flight test event for guests that successfully showcased scalable autonomous operations.

Pyka Secures FAA Authorization for Commercial Operation of Largest Ever Highly-Automated Electric Drone in the United States
sUAS News | 08/01/2023
 Pyka, manufacturer of large-scale highly-automated electric aircraft for crop protection and cargo transport, is delighted to announce that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its zero-emission...

Wisk Conducts First Public Fully Autonomous Flight at EAA AirVenture 2023
Transport Up | 07/30/2023
Wisk has successfully flown its fifth-generation eVTOL, Cora at this week's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The event marks the companies first pubic autonomous demonstration of its anticipated eVTOL air taxi.

The Drone Racing League and U.S. Air Force Elevate STEM Careers Through Expanded Partnership
sUAS News | 07/27/2023
The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global, premier, professional drone racing property, and the United States Air Force (USAF) announced today their expanded partnership for the seventh year in a row, making the U.S. Air Force the longest reigning...

Aircraft Fuel Cells Market: Increasing Adoption of Sustainable Aviation Practices Drives Growth
EnergyPortal.eu | 07/26/2023
The aircraft fuel cells market is projected to reach USD 5.7 billion by 2035, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2035. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the increasing...

The Evolving Benefits of Drones in Search and Rescue: From the Floor of ElevateUAV
dronelife | 07/26/2023
Mike Sember is a south Florida Firefighter.  As a first responder, he knows exactly how difficult search and rescue operations can be.  At the Drone Nerds ElevateUAV conference in Miami today, Mike spoke about the ways in which drone technology...

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