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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
September 27, 2019  

Webinar - October 23, 2019, 12 Noon CT - Remote ID for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft: What is it, how does it work and why does it matter?
Remote ID is an emerging technology that is likely to be very important to the commercial drone industry over the next several years. It is a key enabling technology for ensuring public safety, and for allowing authorization of advanced drone flights including beyond visual line-of-sight flying, flights over people and the future of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

This webinar will provide an overview of what Remote ID is, why it matters to commercial drone operators, the current status of Remote ID regulations and likely technical requirements, and what the adoption of Remote ID technology will mean for the future development of the industry."

The webinar will feature Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO of Vigilant Aerospace Systems. Vigilant Aerospace provides detect-and-avoid, airspace management and flight safety systems for commercial unmanned aircraft. The system, called FlightHorizon, is currently used by two of the FAA's Integration Pilot Program teams and several NASA flight testing programs. Mr. Epperson serves on the national ASTM F38 standards-writing committee for the unmanned aircraft systems industry, serves on NASA's UTM Sense-and-Avoid Working Group and is a frequent conference speaker on drone technology and safety topics throughout the US.

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UAS in the News
Bethany launches drone usage course
This fall, Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, became one of the few colleges in the state offering a course on the use of drones, including a FAA certification exams for students who complete the class.

Drones Used in KDOT Airport Inspections
The Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation recenly received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems test flights at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Okie from Muskogee: Unwin finds himself in the air — in planes or using drones
Jason Unwin has been shooting for the skies since he was 6. He recalled getting interested in rocketry around the time of the Space Race, in the 1960s and 1970s. He said his interest continued until after high school, when he joined the U.S. Army....

OSU partnering with company using drones to deliver blood, medicine in wake of disasters
Oklahoma State University's Unmanned System Research Institute has teamed up with Stillwater startup MaxQ to demonstrate the life-saving capabilities of drone technology. The project, which began last year, combines OSU's drone expertise with MaxQ's...

Drone event to focus on safety
The 2019 Public Safety Drone Conference will bring together experts for three days, Nov. 5-7, in the field for demonstrations, presentations, industry panels and networking opportunities. The conference will be in the Skyline Event Center at the...
Technology Spotlight
Drone integrated acquisition tracker
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
The Navy invented a system for drone detection, tracking, and remote controlling.

For counter-drone missions, the system can transmit signals to jam the command and control, telemetry, video, and GPS of the drone. The system can also send legitimate but spoofed signals to deceive the drone and operators.

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

Counter-drone business is about to boom. Here's 6 technologies inspired by a growing problem.
Upcoming UASCI Events
Upcoming Industry Events
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
Microturbine engine maker performs breakthrough UAV flight
UAS Magazine | 09/25/2019
UAV Turbines recently flew a fixed-wing UAV with its Monarch 5 microturbine propulsion system. The system allows the drone platform to operate with a durable power source that outperforms conventional engines.

Report: foreign makers dominate drones used for US public safety
UAS Magazine | 09/25/2019
As a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers seeks to ban Chinese drone purchases by federal agencies, new research from DRONERESPONDERS—the world's leading non-profit organization supporting public safety UAS—examines the perspectives of America's first responders operating foreign-made, small unmanned aircraft systems.

Drone Spending by Civil Agencies Expected to Soar
National Defense | 09/23/2019
Expenditures by civil governments on unmanned aerial systems are projected to skyrocket over the next decade, according to one leading analyst from the Teal Group.

AiRXOS Successfully Completes UTM Pilot Program at FAA-Approved Test Sites
Inside Unmanned Systems | 09/20/2019
AiRXOS recently concluded real-world flight operations for the FAA's first phase of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP). The UPP, established in 2017, was designed to identify the initial set of industry and FAA capabilities required to support UAS Traffic Management (UTM) operations.

The Future of Air Traffic Management: Safely Sharing the Skies with Drones
DroneLife (blog) | 09/20/2019
Industry organizations and the FAA are working to mitigate potential UAS integration problems that will naturally come with the increase in drone use. However, fully enabling the pending influx of commercial UAS operations requires a blend of operational and technological improvements, while preserving the current level of service to other operators within the system.

Walgreens, Google affiliate to launch drone delivery test
The Oklahoman | 09/20/2019
Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

MKC brings state-of-the-art drone tech to Kansas farmers
The Hutchinson (KS) News | 09/19/2019
MKC, a Kansas-based Cooperativ, is flying a fully-automated unmanned aerial vehicle — also known as a drone — on 500 acres just west of Moundridge, Kansas. The drone lives on the farm inside a large box. Right now, there is an engineer monitoring the system, but by the spring of 2020, the system will be able to operate on its own.

Proposed UAS Remote Identification Rule at White House for Review
JD Supra | 09/19/2019
In a much anticipated development, the Department of Transportation has just sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs the proposed rulemaking for remote identification (remote ID) of unmanned aircraft systems. This is big news and an important step in moving drone policymaking forward in the United States to enable expanded commercial UAS operations.

Lawmakers Seek Ban on Chinese Drone Purchases by Federal Agencies
The Wall Street Journal | 09/18/2019
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation on September 18 that would bar federal agencies from buying drones from China and any other country deemed a national-security risk.

AI and machine learning enable Black Swift Technologies' emergency safe landing functionality
Intelligence Aerospace | 09/17/2019
Black Swift Technologies, a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, Colo., recently announced its Automated Emergency Safe Landing functionality for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The technology integrates machine learning algorithms and onboard processors into the Black Swift S2™ UAS to capture and classify images, at altitude, enabling a UAS to autonomously identify a safe landing area in the event of a catastrophe — a key enabler for safe beyond line of sight flights.

Meet The Nuclear-Powered Self-Driving Drone NASA Is Sending To A Moon Of Saturn
AUVSI News | 09/17/2019
On the face of it, NASA's newest probe sounds incredible. Known as Dragonfly, it is a dual-rotor quadcopter roughly the size of a compact car hat is completely autonomous and nuclear powered, and will hover above the surface of Saturn's moon Titan when it arrives in 2034, eight years after its launch date.

Hurricane highlights limitations of drones
AOPA Pilot | 09/16/2019
Flying a Cessna over the North Carolina coastline helped illustrate why the Wake Forest Fire Department's unmanned aircraft stayed on the ground following Hurricane Dorian's brush with the East Coast.

Alphabet's Wing Are Growing
Technowize | 09/14/2019
On-demand drone delivery service is inarguably a key lifeline in providing the fastest deliveries in the future. And while a good number of consumers are daring for the service's availability, there are still challenges associated with its use in our society. Through thousands of trials in Australia, Alphabet's Wing is dealing with some factors that impeding quick deployment of drones for package delivery.

Five Genius NY startups raise more than $10M in follow-on funding
The Central New York Business Journal | 09/13/2019
Five startups in the Genius NY accelerator have raised more than $10 million in additional private investment. They include AutoModality, Civdrone, Fotokite, OmniMesh, and TruWeather Solutions
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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