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October 26, 2018  

Getting Started with UAS in Western Kansas
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drones are more than a fad. This technology impacts most of our population every day and yet we're still only scratching the surface of its economic potential. This workshop will bring together industry experts to share UAS opportunities, applications and regulations.

Who should attend? People who work in agriculture, oil and gas, ranching, real estate, construction, insurance, first response, logistics, software, data analytics, educators, entrepreneurs and more.

Join us on November 15, 2018 from 10 AM - 3 PM in Hays, Kansas to learn what UAS can do for you. Register early with the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce at or call 785-628-8201.

UAS in the News
UNL project will send drones into tornadoes to better understand their causes
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is leading an ambitious new study to use drones to track tornadoes in the Great Plains. More than 50 scientists and students from four universities, including the University of Oklahoma, will participate in the...

Cherokee Nation partners with US Marine Corps
Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, recently joined the United States Marine Corps in its effort to detect, track, identify and defeat the possible use of unmanned aerial systems by counter forces.

Choctaw Nation to hone drone project with McAlester meeting
The Choctaw Nation is currently honing its drone program with an upcoming meeting in McAlester, Okla., scheduled to provide more input into the process.
Technology Spotlight
Automated multi-plane propulsion system
Naval Postgraduate School
A developing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) field of interest is that of swarming which requires multiple UAVs to be launched in a short period of time. A swarm can provide extended coverage area, enhanced sensor data, and mission redundancy. The launcher must provide sufficient force in a fast cycle in order to maximize the usability of the entire swarm once airborne. The launcher must be compact, transportable, and ruggedized with a minimum of force-bearing components to enhance reliability. It also must be able to precisely control the launch speeds of the drones. Navy scientists have invented a novel UAV launcher system capable of launching multiple UAVs in rapid succession using a conveyor mechanism.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7705


Business Innovation is Risky: How Technology Transfer Can Help
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Online Deal Presentations
Online - GoToMeeting
RSVP: Jim Troxel at jtroxel@wbtangels.com

If you have interest in the Unmanned Aerial System industry, you are welcome to attend an online presentation of two early stage UAS deals Monday, November 5, 2:30 pm Central Time. The two companies will be presenting are Astrapi Corp. and Infinite Composites Technologies.

Getting Started with UAS in Western Kansas
Hays, KS
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drones are more than a fad. This technology impacts most of our population every day and yet we're still only scratching the surface of its economic potential. This workshop will bring together industry experts to share UAS opportunities, applications and regulations.
Upcoming Industry Events
Drone Use For First Responders 
Hazard, KY
When you are finished with this 36-hour training, you will have an abundance of experience and a USA Drone Port IA First Responder UAS certificate.  Our staff are from Law Enforcement, Military, Academics, and the UAS industry.  Each of our Staff...

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial, and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
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.
Headlines
For hurricane recovery, drones offer new perspective
Panama City News Herald | 10/23/2018
Standing on the back porch of a damaged Mexico Beach home, Brandon Smith and Fred Stevenson surveyed the damage Hurricane Michael had inflicted. The two had a view previously reserved for governors and public officials surveying storm damage from a helicopter, but they didn't leave the ground. Stevenson navigated an unmanned aircraft along the Gulf of Mexico coastline while Smith watched the images of the wind-and-water decimated community on a high definition monitor.

New group aims to help Utah drone industry soar
Deseret News | 10/21/2018
A new Utah group is hoping to clear a path for the state to become a leader in the wave of drone innovations that some believe will render other remarkable advancements like self-driving cars a moot point while turning the near-overhead airspace into a much busier place.

NASA teams with drone company to test UAS tech in Pendleton
East Oregonian | 10/18/2018
Amid a year of growth in operations at the Pendleton (OR) Unmanned Aerial Systems Range, drone company PAE ISR signed a deal with NASA to develop and demonstrate sensory technology on its Resolute Eagle drone.

Study shows need for small UAS geofencing near busy airports
UAS Magazine | 10/18/2018
A new 13-day study of DJI drone flights near Daytona Beach International Airport in Florida found that about 20 percent of the flights posed an unmitigated risk to nearby manned aviation operations.

Drone Batteries Receive Attention
Design News | 10/17/2018
Optimizing the performance of lithium batteries for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has become an important goal for researchers at Argonne National Laboratory.

Dubai to launch police station in driverless vehicle
Gulf News | 10/17/2018
Autonomous vehicle will reach residents, tourists, will register complaints

Avitas Systems receives first ever FAA approval to fly a drone with radar and without a spotter
Drone DJ | 10/16/2018
Today, Avitas Systems, a GE venture, announced that it received the first-ever Federal Aviation Association (FAA) civil approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) with the use of radar and without direct human supervision.

Company gets FAA permission to fly drones without direct human supervision in W. Texas
10/16/2018
Avitas Systems, a GE venture, is the first company to receive federal approval to fly drones for non-governmental uses without the direct supervision of humans. It will use this technology to monitor infrastructure in the Permian Basin in West Texas.

Drone Ambulances to the Rescue
Next Avenue | 10/16/2018
A Mississippi-based team of doctors is working on a telemedicine technology that could get emergency care to rural areas faster. It's an aerial ambulance named HiRO, which stands for Health Integrated Rescue Operations.

Orbital UAV and Insitu Inc. sign expanded LTA with potential value between A$120 million and A$350 million over five years.
sUAS News | 10/15/2018
Orbital Corporation Ltd ('Orbital UAV', 'the Company') is pleased to announce the expansion of its Long Term Agreement ('LTA', the 'Agreement') with Insitu Inc. (Insitu), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
The Agreement builds on Orbital UAV's existing partnership with Insitu and increases the scope, scale and term of work outlined in the original LTA, signed in December 2016.

Watch what happens when a drone smashes into an airplane wing
NBCNews.com | 10/15/2018
A team of researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute recently demonstrated what physical damage could occur if a drone collides with an airplane wing.

Drones Increasingly Get Ahead of Disaster Damage
State Tech Magazine | 10/12/2018
Several years ago, drones began appearing in emergency response situations, conducting surveillance and assessing damage. Today, utilities use drones regularly. Every agency involved in disaster responses may somehow deploy a drone as a primary tool, whether for damage assessment, search and rescue, overall surveillance and more. 

Startup Companies Push Aerospace Innovation
Signal Magazine | 10/12/2018
Innovative pioneers looking to bring their ideas and concepts to reality are pushing the edge of aerospace capabilities. In some cases, the technologies are the result of university research, while others come from markets outside of defense. The entrepreneurs purport that their technologies will be, if not groundbreaking, useful and more efficient. The entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries at a pitch meeting hosted by The MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia on October 11 as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator's annual East Coast Selection Committee event.

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