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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
October 20, 2017  

Drone Racing Gains Momentum
Launched widely in 2016 in the United States, the sport of drone racing is gaining fans. Described as a new "non-contact" sport, races are being televised by ESPN, CBS and others.

The next big race is DR1 Racing's, DHL Champions Series Finals airing on CBS Sports on November 4th at 1:30pm EDT.

For details check out the article in this week's edition of the UASCI Newsletter.

UAS in the News
First Ever Drone Race to Air on Broadcast Television via CBS Sports
DR1 Racing, the premiere international drone racing organization, today announced the company's flagship drone racing series, the DHL Champions Series Fueled by Mountain Dew, will debut on beIN SPORTS October 19th, with the series Finals airing on...

FAA Looks to Dramatically Speed Up UAS Airspace Authorization
Citing safety concerns and an inundation of airspace requests, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to speed up authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas.

Kansas State Polytechnic UAS senior lands back-to-back internships with NASA
A Kansas State University senior was recently was selected for a fall internship at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, after completing a summer stint at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She is...

Drones help Kansas State University researchers stay on top of wheat improvement
It may be approaching winter in Kansas, but the field work on wheat genetics is going full steam for Kansas State University wheat scientist Jesse Poland. For the past three years, Poland and a team of researchers have worked in five countries to...
Upcoming UASCI Events
November 8, 2017
Lawton, OK 
Drones are more than just a fad. The Sky's The Limit Symposium will bring together industry leaders and experts to share the opportunities for drone and UAS use available in agriculture and other industries. Seats for this event are limited. Lunch will be provided courtesy of our sponsors.
Upcoming Industry Events
Commercial UAV Expo 2017
October 24-26, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Commercial UAV Expo is perfect for drone professionals who are looking to keep up-to-date on trends and new developments for industrial drone applications. This year's conference focuses on "UAV/UAS integration and operation forlarge asset...

Arizona UAS Summit & Expo
November 6-8, 2017
Mesa, AZ
The second annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will once again highlight the crucial storylines and emerging trends shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry on the national and regional levels. Produced by the team from UAS Magazine in...

DJI AirWorks 2017
November 7-9, 2017
Denver, CO
The 2nd Annual DJI AirWorks Conference will focus on applied drone solutions for the commercial industry's most challenging obstacles of today. AirWorks will feature exhibitions, training, and industry insights from partners in the UAV hardware,...

AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
North Dakota, one of the nation's most rural states, is leading in an emerging area: Drone experts
USA TODAY | 10/10/2017
One of the nation's most rural states, North Dakota has quickly become one of the leading spaces for drone research, experimentation and testing.

New York Alliance Names FAA's Top Drone Advisor as CEO
AINonline | 10/19/2017
The multistate organization developing a flight corridor for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in central New York has named the FAA's top UAS executive as its CEO. Former U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will start his new job on November 13, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance announced.

LAPD Finally Gets Green Light for UAS Pilot Program
Unmanned Aerial Online | 10/18/2017
Following several years of controversy, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has gotten the green light to implement a one-year pilot program on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for its special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team.

Drone Industry Leaders Send President Trump a Letter
Drone Life (blog) | 10/16/2017
A group of drone industry leaders including advocacy groups like AUVSI, the AMA, and the Small UAV Coalition,  along with a long list of companies including industry giants Intel, Verizon, UPS and Amazon along with manufacturers DJI, PrecisionHawk, GoPro and others sent a letter to President Trump last week.  In the letter, the authors ask President Trump  to help to coordinate state and local drone laws.

A More Perfect Union: US Regulations Trend Toward Coexistence of UAVs, Aircraft
Commercial UAV News | 10/11/2017
Comprehending a future buzzing with robots and drones, it's easy to see the wide potential of UAVs across nearly every industry. But while the promise of UAVs is widely recognized, laws regarding them vary from nation to nation. Part of the problem is a disconnect between laws for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and piloted aircraft; technology has sped forward, while regulators are lagging. Some of it also could be the inability to envision a smooth operation of both types of aircraft in the same space. Not so in the United States, which is on the leading edge of UAV adoption worldwide.

Yes, You Really Need to be FAA-Certified to Commercially Fly sUAS
Unmanned Aerial Online | 10/11/2017
People often pose the question, "What will happen if I get caught flying a commercial drone without a Remote Pilot Certificate?" This is a very valid question, considering answers found on the internet might not always be accurate. For example, there are online forums suggesting 1) you won't get caught by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); 2) you shouldn't bother getting a Remote Pilot Certificate; or 3) it's not worth it to invest in drone training or certification.This is not sound advice. The risk associated with non-certificated individuals can not only harm others but can also result in serious legal issues for both the individual and the hiring business.

North Dakota drone registrations rise as non-hobbyist count nearly quadruples
Bismarck (ND) Tribune | 10/06/2017
North Dakota is seeing more registrations for unmanned aircraft pilots and vehicles, and commercial registrations have quadrupled since the federal government released its first list more than a year ago. It's a sign of how fast interest in the new technology is growing, but experts believe it also shows the industry could become a part of day-to-day life.

ScanEagle with Geographic Information Systems for Fighting Wildfires
UAS Vision | 10/05/2017
Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, together with Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics, successfully completed test flights on a revolutionary new way to support firefighting efforts using state-of-the-art software for firefighters and first responders.

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