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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
September 13, 2019  

UAS in the News
Kansas Researcher to Measure Greenland Ice Sheets with Next-Generation Radar Flown Aboard an Unmanned Helicopter
A University of Kansas aerospace engineer has earned the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty to design, build and fly a radar suite and integrate it on a helicopter-based unmanned aerial system to gather data on...

Drone racers take to the sky at Wichita park: ‘You can feel like you are flying'
On a humid afternoon in August, pilots are racing drones they built themselves at McAdams Park in central Wichita. The racers are part of ICT FPV (short for first-person view), a local chapter of MultiGP, the largest drone-racing league in the world.

What A California Drone Manufacturer is Crafting in Greater OKC
In April, as Kratos Defense & Security Solutions unveiled its first six unmanned aerial MQM-178 Firejets produced at its Oklahoma City manufacturing facility, it also announced the coming of the 30-foot Valkyrie, an unmanned aircraft resembling a...
Technology Spotlight
Hand launchable UAV
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
The Navy developed a hand-launched UAV system includes the drone, a launching platform, and a guidance system. The drone is designed to be used in either a launch-and-retrieve or a one-time use mode.

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

You're an Entrepreneur, but do you know what Technology Transfer is?
Upcoming UASCI Events
Upcoming Industry Events
Airworks 2019
Los Angeles, CA
Through the annual AirWorks conference, DJI drives the commercial drone industry forward. AirWorks is a hub for innovation and growth, enabling participants in this ecosystem to exchange ideas, gain more control of drone technology, and steer the...

Row Crop Challenge
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline to Apply is October 1, 2019 - AgLaunch & Farm Journal seek 10 cutting edge startups to pitch leading U.S. row crop farmers.

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
Flirtey releases its new Eagle delivery drone and ground station
DroneDJ | 09/12/2019
Drone delivery company Flirtey has released its new delivery drone and drone station at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) present. The new drone system brings improvements to Flirtey's already active drone delivery system.

Nanomotion Technology Revolutionizes Motion Systems for Drones
Commercial UAV News | 09/12/2019
Nanomotion is a Johnson Electric Company based in Israel that specializes in the development of ultrasonic standing wave piezoelectric technology. Simply put, Nanomotion develops and manufactures electric motors that have no moving parts and can stop and restart in microseconds. Their motors are compact and miniature in size, offer extremely accurate and precise movement, high resolution and low settling time, coupled with a dynamic range of velocity and force.

British Telecom Inks Deal with DroneShield to Fend Off Rogue Drones
dronelife | 09/11/2019
Australian counter-UAV firm DroneShield will partner with Britain's largest telecommunications company in an effort to avoid rogue-drone incidents such as the shutdown of Gatwick Airport this past year.

Drones Document the Devastation in the Bahamas – Images and Video from Above
dronelife | 09/11/2019
Just before Hurricane Dorian hit, we had the opportunity to speak with Christopher Todd of the Airborne International Response Team, a volunteer organization of drone pilots and operators working with first responders. 

Flying pizzas and defibrillators - new drone delivery system has NASA Langley DNA
Engineers and scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have been helping to develop technologies, including "detect and avoid" computer software and safety features, to enable drone delivery systems.

National airspace should be redesigned around drones, Interior official says
FEDSCOOP | 09/11/2019
Airspace under 400 feet should be redesigned so federal, state and local governments can take full advantage of drones, the director of Interior's Office of Aviation Services said recently.

ROBOpilot converts general-purpose aircraft to UAS
GCN | 09/11/2019
A mechanical pilot recently completed a two-hour flight at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. ROBOpilot, a collection of mechanical arms, cables, pumps and computer equipment, interacts with an aircraft the way a human pilot would – pulling on the yoke, pushing on the rudders, flipping switches and reading dashboard gauges, but with computer vision.

Drone Rescue System Meets ASTM Standards, Important FAA Criteria
Inside Unmanned Systems | 09/10/2019
Drone Rescue Systems GmbH tested the parachute safety solution DRS-M600 this summer according to the specifications of the ASTM F3322-18 standard. Drone Rescue's DRS-M600 system was developed for DJI M600 and DJI M600pro and is sold worldwide by the Austrian company. The successful completion of the ASTM standard test makes it possible for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue permits, e.g. for use over crowds.

FAA Demos Manage Multiple Drone Flights in Close Proximity, Setting a Foundation for UTM System
UAV Coach | 09/10/2019
The timeline for launching a drone traffic management system (UTM) continues to see delays, but recent FAA demonstrations give us a boost in confidence that drone operators will have such a system to operate within in the near future.

FreeFly introduces the Alta X — a foldable quadcopter with ActiveBlade
DroneDJ | 09/10/2019
And today. FreeFly introduces the Alta X, a drone aimed at film and documentary makers, that puts new competitive pressure to the top of the drone market. Let's take a closer look and see what FreeFly offers us with the Alta X.

Flying High: Drones Find Many Applications in the Electric Power Industry
T&D World | 09/09/2019
The Electric Power Research Institute expects a future state where utilities use unmanned aerial systems to support the next generation of inspections and assessments.

How Drones Can Help Lift Biocontrol in Specialty Crops
Growing Produce (blog) | 09/07/2019
California-based drone company Parabug aims to bring about the greater use of augmentative biological control for agricultural pests by using unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — for the rapid and timely dispersal of biologicals.

Up, up and away: SkySkopes is one of America's most innovative UAS companies – and founder, president and CEO Matt Dunlevy explains why
Prairie Business | 09/07/2019
In this question & answer articke frpm Prairie Business, SkySkopes CEO Matt Dunlevy talks about his company's role today as a drone service provider.

Drone proves to be vital tool for Columbia Fire and Rescue
Columbia (TN) Daily Herald | 09/05/2019
Last week, Columbia Fire and Rescue's HAZMAT team carefully worked for hours to unload 89,000 gallons of propane from an overturned tractor-trailer on Highway 43. As the HAZMAT team carefully worked to empty the overturned 10-wheeler of the flammable gas, Columbia Fire and Rescue had one of its latest tools offering a view from the sky throughout the extended operation — the department's steadily growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Florida Power & Light Deploys 58 Drones in Emergency Response to Hurricane Dorian, FAA Coordinates Evacuations and Relief Efforts
UAV Coach | 09/05/2019
Hurricane Dorian became the strongest and most destructive storm The Bahamas has ever seen as a Category 5 storm over Labor Day weekend. 

MSU student uses drone technology to support family farm, soybean research
MSU Today | 09/05/2019
Farming is practically part of Ashley Kuhlman's DNA. But staying current in a rapidly changing industry isn't easy. That's why Kuhlman was so thrilled when her father, Phil, gave her a drone for graduation from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology, or IAT, program in 2018. Since then, she's been using the drone to take photos of her family's 1,100-acre farm of commercial corn, seed corn and soybean crops, and serving freelance clients.

'Dragon' drones: the flame throwers fighting wildfires with fire
The Guardian | 09/04/2019
Aerial ignition with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft has long been a key component of fighting fire with fire, but the vast majority of missions still feature a human pilot in the sky.
Now, whether by sky drops of flammable ping pong balls or the full-on force of a flamethrower, a growing number of US government agencies, including the Department of the Interior and the forest service, are turning to unmanned aircraft to battle fires by setting them first.

DroneResponders Seeks to Define How Drones Can Be Utilized for Public Safety Missions
Commercial UAV News | 09/04/2019
As the fastest growing and only US organization focused on public safety UAS programs, DroneResponders recently surpassed 600 member-agencies, and announced the new Fall 2019 public safety UAS research survey.

FAA Partners Complete UAS Traffic Management Demos Across the Country
Unmanned Aerial Online | 09/04/2019
The Federal Aviation Administration is highlighting progress it has made in partnership with NASA to lay the groundwork for an unmanned aircraft systems traffic management system.

Bell's New, Self-Flying Cargo Drone Hauls a Heavy Load
WIRED | 09/01/2019
The all-electric APT 70 can tote up to 70 pounds, cruise at 75 mph, and cover 35 miles with a fully charged battery.

Weekly tech roundup: drone technology edition
TechLink | 08/30/2019
TechLink's roundup this week includes five of the latest and greatest drone technologies invented by leading federal laboratories. All of these featured technologies are available to entrepreneurs and businesses via a license agreement so they can be introduced into the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market.
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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