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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
July 13, 2018  

We Heard You Like to Save Money
It's lucky Friday the 13th and the last day to receive the early bird rate, saving you $50 on your UAS Tech Forum registration.

Set for September 12-13 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center in Broken Arrow, OK the Tech Forum features speakers from NASA, AUVSI, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Wichita State University, KDOT, Choctaw Nation, Cowboy Technology Angels, ISR Ideas, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, Duetto Group, TONIC Ventures, Osage Nation, and many others. Check out the full agenda.

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UAS in the News
Black & Veatch, Kansas to test beyond-line-of-sight drone under FAA pilot program
As unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – become more vital for commercial use, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is weighing whether to free up more national airspace for them by relaxing restraints on their operation....

OSU Testing New Drone Concept at Tuttle High School
Oklahoma State University researchers are currently using a drone to record data for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and doing so from Tuttle High School's backyard. The FAA has a theory that drones could make navigational aid...

Small helicopter drone to accompany the Mars 2020 rover
If you forgot about NASA after all of the noise SpaceX has made over the past months, yes, they still do exist and yes, they still do cool stuff! In a rover that is set to depart for Mars in 2020, a small drone has been developed to help the robot...

UAS flight to take off from Grand Forks, cross the Atlantic
Three thousand nine hundred miles is a long trip to travel alone. But that's the approximate length an unmanned aircraft will fly from Grand Forks to Gloucestershire, U.K., next month.
Technology Spotlight
Unmanned aerial system launched from water
Naval System Warfare Center - Carderock Division
Existing water-based launches of UAS have failed to successfully resolve the issue of the instability of water-based conditions. In addition to stability problems, the appropriate angle of a UAS launch must be achieved despite the constant turbulence changes of the ocean. If this angle is not met, the launch will be a failure. This Navy invention is a deployment system for a water-based launch of a UAS. It is comprised of a pneumatic launch tube surrounded by a support structure. The structure includes an inflatable bladder to suspend the tube at a specified depth of water, with a telescopic weight below the tube to insure proper orientation. The launch angle is adjustable in relation to the support structure, which allows for a degree of freedom in aiming a variety of UAS. This feature also allows for differences in wind speed and direction, as well as the current state of the sea. To power a launch, the system may use a compressed air tank, a track guided actuator, or a spring loaded device.

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The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas is accepting proposals to host its signature event, the UAS Tech Forum. Deadline for proposals is Friday, August 3.

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Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
Our intent is to create an opportunity where those interested in exploring the UAS field for investment purposes can meet like-minded investors, share insights and experiences and meet possible co-investors.

Join us on July 18, 2018 for a presentation by John Ferguson of Saxon Remote Systems, McPherson, KS and Drone Aviator, San Diego, CA.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

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UAS Tech Forum 2018
09/12/2018 - 09/13/2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
The UAS Tech Forum is a convergence of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, tech transfer professionals, economic development officials and other service providers in the UAS industry. The event features tech presentations, valuable networking with attendees and exhibitors, potential investment opportunities, thought-provoking panel discussions and relevant keynote speakers.

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
09/29/2018 - 09/30/2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 2017. 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
UAS Midwest
Dayton, OH
If you are a current or future participant in the UAS community, we invite you to attend this year's event. We aspire to exceed your expectations and also give you the chance to enjoy the hospitality of the State of Ohio, its partners, and the...

UAS Summit & Expo
08/20/2018 - 08/22/2018
Grand Forks, ND
During the course of three days, attendees of the UAS Summit & Expo will hear from 100+ industry experts about insight on commercial UAV manufacturing and distribution, UAS technology offerings, regulatory updates, business case models, commercial...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas
10/01/2018 - 10/03/2018
Las Veags, NV
Join more than 3,000 professionals at the leading commercial drone conference and expo October 1-3. With top-notch education and an unparalleled exhibit floor filled with the highest precision UAS technology, Commercial UAV Expo is the best choice...
AirMap Partners with Switzerland's Skyguide for Drone UTM
AIN online | 07/11/2018
AirMap has partnered with Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, to develop and deploy a national drone traffic management system (UTM—unmanned aircraft systems traffic management) for Switzerland. The announcement followed AirMap's 2017 U-space demonstration with Skyguide.

The AI-Powered Mystic Drone Autonomously Follows You and Recognizes Gestures
The Drive | 07/10/2018
Airlango just launched the Mystic, an artificial intelligence-powered camera-drone that responds to your hand gestures and autonomously recognizes and follows you.

Women to Watch in UAS Event to Recognize Influential Women in the Drone Industry
The Drive | 07/10/2018
Women make up a substantial amount of invaluable players in the drone industry, and fortunately, there's at least one group aware enough to properly celebrate that. InterDrone's fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon is set to take place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas this September, DroneLife reports.

Boeing invests in UAV urban delivery startup company
UAS Magazine | 07/05/2018
Boeing's HorizonX Ventures is investing in Matternet, a California-based startup company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery operations in urban environments.

Stopping Killer Drone Swarms Before They Kill Us
Popular Mechanics | 07/05/2018
Armed Forces and law enforcement have surprisingly few effective anti-drone tools, and none—that are declassified—to target multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or swarms. But this spring, Raytheon released details on a new type of drone defense using high-power microwaves (HPM).

The Pentagon's latest budget is its largest counter-drone budget ever
As the Pentagon's latest budget slouches toward Washington, a $716 billion beast waiting to be born, it is time to take a closer look at how the robots in the budget survived the various committees and drafts.

New drone park to provide more research opportunities
Collegiate Times (Virginia Tech's student newspaper) | 07/04/2018
At 85 feet tall and with 2.88 million cubic feet of space to fly drones, the tallest drone park in the country is sitting right on Virginia Tech's campus. It is one of seven drone parks in the nation designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

China Is on the Fast Track to Drone Deliveries
Bloomberg | 07/03/2018
The Civil Aviation Administration of China last year gave the go-ahead for and SF Holding Co., the country's biggest express-delivery company, to start sending packages by drone in certain rural areas. The idea is to build a network that includes not only small drones for final delivery, but a whole system, including large autonomous fixed-wing planes that take off from small airports or landing strips to ferry bulk shipments between warehouses.

Preparing for the Next Disaster
Inside Unmanned Systems | 07/03/2018
When hurricane Harvey hit Texas last August, drone operators became an integral part of the recovery response,UAS also played a vital role in recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida shortly after Harvey left its mark on Texas. Now, nearly a year later, operators and emergency personnel are taking lessons learned from these responses to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, which officially began on June 1.

Drones Take Flight for Local Government
Government Technology | 07/01/2018
Four regions of the country are poised to take advantage of relaxed UAS rules from the FAA as a result of its UAS Integration Pilot Program.

Colorado firm to build drone for NASA study of Venus' atmosphere
Digital Journal | 06/30/2018
NASA has awarded Boulder, Colorado-based Black Swift Technologies a contract to develop an unmanned aerial system for atmospheric observations of Venus.

China's Dove Surveillance Drone Looks and Flies Like an Actual Bird
The Drive | 06/29/2018
Unmanned aerial vehicles with biomimetic design are nothing particularly new in the industry. We've seen nature inspire the aesthetics of drones quite often, but China's new Dove drone certainly seems like a milestone in this particular niche. 

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