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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
May 11, 2017  

What Happens When a Drone Hits You in the Head?
Calling all UAS Startups

Does your technology help avoid collisions with people, buildings, or other flying objects? Well, even if it doesn't we are interested in hearing from UAS startups.

UASCI invites you to Pitch at the upcoming 2017 UAS Tech Forum August 30-31, in Wichita, KS. There is no cost to apply, but the application deadline is May 26th. Make sure you apply early, presentation spots are limited.

Not a UAS Startup, than please share this opportunity or nominate a company! We would love to hear from you.
UAS in the News
What happens if a drone hits you in the head?
What happens if a drone hits you in the head? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to know, so they conducted a study to understand and mitigate the risks of drones flying over people, and what happens if a drone loses connection to its...

Air traffic control for drones is coming. Here's how it could work
NASA, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and an extensive list of industry partners, has been researching the requirements needed to establish a drone traffic management system. This summer, some of those ideas will be tested in the...

How drone swarms could help protect us from tornadoes
Tornadoes aren't just dangerous because of their sheer power: they're also extremely difficult to predict. On average, weather monitors give us only 13 minutes' notice to take cover. But mechanical engineer Jamey Jacob from Oklahoma State University...

Use of drones soars
The sky truly is the limit when it comes to the future of unmanned aircraft systems. Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, who started the UAS program at the Salina campus in 2007, said the future...
Upcoming UASCI Events
Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
May 19 - 21, 2017
Tulsa University - Reynolds Center, H.A. Chapman Stadium and Mabee Gym
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus May 19-21, 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.

Webinar - What is Venture Capital, Is it Right for you, and how do you get it?
May 23rd, 2017
one-hour webinar, scheduled from 12-1 p.m
As an entrepreneur or startup involved in unmanned aerial systems research and other emerging technologies, transitioning those technologies into the marketplace can sometimes be a daunting task. There are many steps involved, including finding the right kind of funding to make that happen. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn about one of those funding options -- Venture Capital. Hear from several VC experts who will provide you with valuable insight and tips into VC funding, which can help you determine if this option is right for you and your business goals.

2017 CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable Conference
June 8, 2017
Salina, KS
Join the CDFA Oklahoma/Kansas Financing Roundtable on June 8, 2017 for a special one-day conference hosted at Kansas State University Polytechnic. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Oklahoma/Kansas economy going forward.

UAS Tech Forum 2017
August 30 - 31, 2017
Wichita, KS
Apply to Make Technology Pitch - No cost to apply and your application is reviewed by potential strategic partners.

Selected Presenters receive one on one mentoring, walk away with a polished pitch and an opportunity to present to an audience of UAS industry leaders.
Upcoming Industry Events
Demand for Unmanned
June 6 - 7, 2017
Denver, CO
Now, in it's second year, our DEMAND for UNMANNED® UAS symposium brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and...

July 19 - 21, 2017
Portland, OR
ASCEND is the essential Conference & Expo for the commercial UAS industry, developed by the team behind Drone360 magazine. It will help you go beyond the basics, the broad strokes, and the bullet points to find the actionable processes, detailed...

UAS Summit and Expo
August 21 - 23, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

September 6 - 8, 2017
Dallas, TX

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...
NASA, University Sign Agreement to Advance UAS Technology
Unmanned Aerial Online | 05/10/2017
Today, representatives from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Island University), and Texas A&M University System will sign a new space act agreement to further autonomous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology.

New FAA Regulation Opens the Door to Drones Responding to Events in Real Time
Commercial UAV News | 05/09/2017
While numerous professionals were happy to see the definition that Part 107 brought to legally operating a drone for commercial purposes, many were disappointed it didn't go as far as they envisioned.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again
Daily Business Review | 05/08/2017
After an initial flurry of activity that saw the proliferation of drone law practice groups several years ago, the anticipated steep trajectory of drone-related legal work failed to come to pass as regulations on the commercial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles restricted industry growth. But with the unmanned aerial vehicle industry continuing to evolve, law firms with drone practices are finally getting off the ground.

Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones
TechCrunch | 05/07/2017
Provo, Utah-based Fortem Technologies Inc. has raised $5.5 million in a new round of seed funding to keep the skies, and people below, safe as we enter the drone era. The company has developed a compact radar which enables drones to detect fast-moving aircraft up to 3,000 meters away. The idea is to ensure that as drones enter our airspace, they stay well-clear from one another and manned aircraft, even traveling at 100 miles per hour.

The Drone Industry: Thoughts From an Outsider
Entrepreneur | 05/06/2017
In this guest column, the writer encourages the drone industry to be proactive at self-regulation. This includes collaboration between manufacturers to create an industry standards board to oversee the implementation of enhanced safety software, as well as the education for drone operators, and the public, about drone usage.

Commercial Drone Industry On The Move
Like most things do when they are relatively young, the commercial drone industry is changing rapidly. What drone firms are finding is their customers aren't so much interested in the hardware these days; they're looking for solutions that quickly provide the data they need to make better decisions. This push for more sophisticated information is prompting manufacturers to not only change their offerings, but to join forces with other companies in an effort to make their products more robust.

U.S. Military, Federal Agencies Join on Counter-drone Efforts
Aviation International News Online | 05/04/2017
The U.S. military and federal agencies are coordinating efforts to protect airports and other critical sites from the threat posed by rogue unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Executives with the Federal Aviation Administration described a multi-pronged approach during a May 3 meeting of the agency's Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

America's Plan to Somehow Make Drones Not Ruin the Skies
Wired | 05/03/2017
If you can't wait for the day drones plop packages on your porch or a flying car whisks you to work, you should know that the hold-up isn't technological, but technocratic. Before these future flyers can take off, they must learn to play by the rules of the sky.That means communicating with air traffic control and other aircraft, spotting and avoiding threats, and generally knowing what to do when things go sideways. Making all of this happen demands whole new levels of capability—not just from the aircraft, but from the sprawling system that oversees them. The good news is, change is coming.

senseFly Releases New Solution for Unmanned Linear Mapping Projects
Unmanned Aerial Online | 05/03/2017
Mapping drone producer senseFly has unveiled a combined hardware/software solution that simplifies the mapping of linear assets with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

AUVSI 2017: FAA research slow on emerging tech | 05/02/2017
A recent Government Accountability Office report has highlighted that the Federal Aviation Administration could improve how it develops and reports its activities, including working on emerging technologies.

Using Drones to Study Glaciers
GlacierHub | 05/02/2017
Understanding the nature of glacial changes has become increasingly important as anthropogenic climate change alters their pace and extent. A new study published in The Cryosphere Discussions journal shows how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, can be used to do this in a relatively cheap, safe and accurate way.

AT&T Labs working to combine drone video footage with artificial intelligence monitoring
Fierce Wireless | 05/01/2017
Specifically, AT&T Labs is researching ways to take video footage from a drone flying around an AT&T cell tower and use AI to analyze that footage for signs of rust, corrosion or other defects on the tower. The result would save AT&T the time and money it takes to have engineers physically climb cell towers to do inspections (thanks to the drone), as well as the time and money it takes to have engineers review video from a drone inspecting a tower (thanks to the artificial intelligence).

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