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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
February 28, 2020  

Save the Date for the 7th Annual UAS Tech Forum in Oklahoma City, September 16-17, 2020

Our UAS Cluster Initiative team is so thrilled about returning to Oklahoma City for this year's Tech Forum. It's a great venue to showcase the many outstanding aviation assets Oklahoma City has right in its own backyard, including Tinker Air Force Base, the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, and a slew of DOD contractors and drone companies.

We are working feverishly to make this year's event THE best yet. Attendees will learn about how to create impactful state programs, best practices, weather and robotics, life beyond FAA's Integration Pilot Program, airspace integration, pitch presentations, remote ID, and so much more. So save the date and get ready to visit Oklahoma City this September for the 2020 UAS Tech Forum!

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UAS in the News
Kratos will build 12 combat drones in OKC this year
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced it has begun production plans to manufacture 12 combat drones in Oklahoma City this year.

Proposed UAS Remote Identification Requirements To Impact Drone Users
If the FAA regulation for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems is finalized without any substantial changes, designers and producers would be required to classify and label all drones.

Jeff Alholm: Why the FAA's Remote ID Proposal Isn't a Good One-Size-Fits-All for Aviation and Hurts the Workers Who Benefit Most
In this op-ed piece, Digital Aerolus CEO and Grit Daily columnist Jeff Alholm believes the proposed Remote ID rule, unless it is revised, will cripple much of an emerging UAS industry.
Technology Spotlight
Decentralized, cooperative task distribution for networked UAVs
Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate

Army scientists invented software that rapidly creates 2D and 3D maps from Full Motion Video (FMV).

Air Force researchers have developed a collaborative task distribution and execution system for drone networks that are directly incorporated into individual agents, making standard central base stations redundant.

The patented technology is available via express license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

US Navy accessory adds CBR sensors to the ScanEagle, other drones
Upcoming UASCI Events
Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL
Boston, MA
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

Registration Fees:
Early Bird: $299 (through March 16) | Standard: $349 (on or after March 17)
Registration includes XPO Hall Pass

Co-located event at XPONENTIAL, All Things Unmanned, May 4, 2020 Boston, MA from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Upcoming Industry Events
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
Washington, D.C.
International LiDAR Mapping Forum 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.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Washington D.C.
IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

USA Drone Conference 2020
April 13-16, 2020
Hazard, Kentucky

May 4-7, 2020
Boston, MA

World UAV Federation
06/19/2020 - 06/21/2020
Shenzhen, China
WORLD UAV FEDERATION was established in June 2017 by Mr. Jincai Yang (Chairman); its unveiling ceremony was held on October 31, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Up to the current, the chapters include: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Australia...

August 18-20, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Good drones: the UAVs changing airport operations for the better
Airport Technology | 02/27/2020
Drones may be the source of groans in the aviation industry, with many causing delayed flights and safety hazards. But what about the vast potential for UAVs to provide assistance and even improve safety? Here's a look at how drones could help...

UNM, Sandia collaborate on project to assess threats of small unmanned aerial systems
University of News Mexico News | 02/27/2020
A group from The University of New Mexico is working with Sandia National Laboratories robotics experts on efficient ways to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems midflight.

Chris Korody Speaks Out on Remote ID for Drones: "A Billion Dollar Solution to a Non-Existent Problem"
dronelife | 02/26/2020
Drone journalist Chris Korody is known for his in-depth analyses of thorny issues confronting the drone industry – like the Remote ID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM.)  In our continuing series on Remote ID, we've published viewpoints from all...

Drones may assist emergency response to flooding in Red River Valley
Grand Forks Herald | 02/26/2020
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has partnered with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to use drones to relay information in a potential spring flood battle.

Drone demo a test for companies, new technology and Mineral Wells
Mineral Wells Index | 02/25/2020
Looking to become a national unmanned aerial systems hub, Mineral Wells, Texas, might soon become home to U.S. operations for a groundbreaking international UAS company.

Eight high-tech startups to compete in AFRL program
Rome Sentinel | 02/25/2020
Eight startup teams for the next Air Force Research Laboratory Commercialization Academy cohort were announced by the Griffiss Institute. The companies, developing innovations in the cyber security, big data analytics, information systems, and...

Ireland to become first country in Europe to deliver fast-food by DRONE
The Irish Post | 02/25/2020
Ireland is set to become the first European country to delivery fast-food via drones.

Connected drones: The next technology advance for wind turbine inspections
Drone inspections play a vital role in preventive maintenance of vertical structures, ships, worksites and horizontal infrastructure like railroad tracks and power lines. Therefore, connected drones are the next phase of this technology.

Illegal drone flights and crashes at the Golden Gate Bridge
Drone DJ | 02/24/2020
The Golden Gate Bridge has always been a much-loved photography subject. And now, with drones becoming smaller, increasingly capable, and ever more affordable, even more people are using their unmanned aircraft to photograph the famous landmark,...

Farming with Drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight
Inside Unmanned Systems | 02/21/2020
Unmanned aerial vehicles have found use in agriculture for decades, with unmanned helicopters spraying pesticides on rice fields in Japan back in the 1980s. Now, to have drones reach their full potential in farming, research is increasingly pushing...

DHS study on UAS safety procedures chooses DFW Airport as field site
International Airport Review | 02/20/2020
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has been chosen as a field site for a study to develop operational requirements addressing how to respond to potential threats to airports and airport operations from unmanned aircraft systems.

Drones in the Sky, Boots on the Ground, and the Legal Gaps in Between
Commercial UAV News | 02/19/2020
This article explores the legal gaps that exist for law enforcement that Remote Identification brings to the forefront.

TAMUCC project with NASA is a finalist for national aeronautics award
KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi | 02/19/2020
A project being done by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation and NASA has been nominated to receive a prestigious award in aeronautics.

Swiss Army selects Parrot to supply micro-drones
DroneDJ | 02/18/2020
Parrot, Europe's leading drone group, has been chosen to equip the Swiss Armed Forces with micro-drones as part of the " Swiss Mini UAV Program" (Swiss MUAS) call for tender against major civilian UAV players.

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