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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  January 10, 2023

Spotlight: UAS Cluster Initiative Announces New Program Manager
The Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI) is pleased to announce Emily Bell has joined our team as Program Manager. In this role, she will oversee program development and implementation to support organizational and ecosystem growth.

Ms. Bell brings to the role nearly two decades of program and organizational management experience at both the local and national level. Prior to joining UASCI, much of Bell's career was spent with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), in Washington, DC, where she most recently served as a consultant working on special projects. Prior to her consulting work, Bell was responsible for the organization's professional development portfolio, working to design and implement its suite of training courses and certification programs. She also served in the United States Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Ukraine and oversaw the attorney complaint process for the Cuyahoga County Bar Association. Emily Bell may be contacted at

The Cluster, which began in 2015, facilitates access to critical resources for young companies in the unmanned aerial systems and advanced air mobility industry, helping them promote their products to potential customers, license technologies and access financing. The enormous growth of the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry presents unprecedented opportunities for small businesses across the U.S. and in states like Oklahoma to grow and create new jobs, while attracting investment and driving technology to meet industry needs. To find out more about the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative visit:

UASCI is a program of Development Capital Networks (DCN), headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. DCN is a specialized firm that seeds the growth of entrepreneurs by attracting technology, capital, and talent to help communities build innovation economies. UASCI is funded by private industry and the U.S. Small Business Administration. To find out more about Development Capital Networks, visit:

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
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Upcoming UASCI Events
Lab to Business Tech Session
January 2023 - DATE TBD

UASCI Private Industry Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
January 2023 - date TBD

UAS Angel Network Pitch Session (accredited investors only)
February 2023 (date TBD)
Upcoming Industry Events
Aero Oklahoma
March 22, 2023
Oklahoma City, OK

Choctaw Nation Emerging Aviation Technology Conference
April 2023 (date TBD)
Durant, Oklahoma

AUVSI Annual
May 7 - 11, 2023
Denver, CO

Paris Airshow
June 19 - 25, 2023
Paris, France

Thunderbird Drone Festival
August 2023 (date TBD)
Woodward, OK
Droneport Headlines
DronePort Network joins Tulsa's drone and AAM development plan
DroneDJ | 12/22/2022
Aerial strategy and infrastructure specialist DronePort Network has formed a partnership with Osage LLC to develop and manage the large, multi-purpose Skyway 36 aviation facility, whose use by fixed-wing planes, drones, and next-generation passenger...

DronePort Network to Manage Skyway 36
sUAS News | 12/21/2022
Oklahoma City based DronePort Network (DPN) has entered into a contract with Osage LLC to develop and manage Skyway 36.
Policy News
Percepto Wins FAA Approval for Automated BVLOS Ops in TX
dronelife | 01/09/2023
Today, leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto announced that its drone-in-a-box solution has been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct highly automated Beyond Visual Line of Sight (HA BVLOS)...

uAvionix wins FAA Approval for BVLOS Flights in North Dakota Drone Network: A First for Vantis
dronelife | 01/09/2023
In a first for North Dakota's Vantis network, the FAA has granted uAvionix approval to operate drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in North Dakota.

US EPA Approves SnifferDRONE
sUAS News | 01/09/2023
Sniffer Robotics, a leading environmental technology-enabled services company, announced the US EPA has broadly approved its SnifferDRONE method to monitor landfill methane emissions as an alternative to existing federal regulations.
Research News
NASA Crash Tests eVTOL Concept
sUAS New | 01/03/2023
NASA researchers recently completed a full-scale crash test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Electric air taxis: NASA's tabletop exercises for safer national airspace
Devdiscourse | 12/29/2022
Throughout 2022, NASA's held a series of tabletop discussions to determine how electric air taxis could be safely integrated into the national airspace, paving the way for passengers to eventually be able to travel quickly between cities via aerial...
Industry Headlines
Where Will The Drone Industry Be In 2023
Forbes | 12/20/2022
Next Generation Aviation, both the passenger-less uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) and passenger-carrying Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), had a banner year in 2022 with announcements, approvals, certifications, new deployments, amazing statistics, and...

Preventing Mid-Air collisions earns drone team prestigious award 
sUAS News | 01/05/2023
MITRE and our partners created and tested a new airborne collision avoidance system, advancing critical innovation to further the development of uncrewed aircraft systems and earning a prestigious R&D100 innovation award.

Sensing Climate, Reducing the Weather Tax
inside unmanned systems | 01/04/2023
Better weather sensing could reduce 'weather tax' in the form of delays and cancellations.

DRONELIFE Enters Our 10th Year! Our Top 3 Predictions for the Drone Industry in 2023
dronelife | 01/02/2023
It may be hard for newer entrants to the sector to realize that just 10 years ago, the commercial use of drones was actually illegal in the United States, according to a Section 333.  From 2014 – 2016, companies who wished to operate drones...

Electric Charging for eVTOL Aircraft Is Different From Cars
AINonline | 01/02/2023
If you think you can model eVTOL aircraft charging based on the same systems used for electric cars, think again. That is the message from Josh Portlock, the CTO of Electro, an Australia-based company that manufactures electric aircraft charging...

The Top 9 Drone Innovations and Updates of 2022
Commercial UAV News | 12/23/2022
This past year, Commercial UAV News covered the products and services, technological advances, regulatory changes, and innovative ideas that are defining the drone industry. Our articles, reports, and webinars addressed the wide range of topics that...

Networx3 UAV is helping business owners beat the energy crisis using its latest thermal imaging drone
sUAS News | 12/21/2022
The Matrice DJI M30T is the latest addition to the fleet but is already pulling its weight for clients who want to get to grips with sky-high energy costs.

Dallas' Jaunt Air Mobility Signs Letter of Intent to Sell Air Taxis in Québec and South Korea
Dallas Innovates | 12/20/2022
Jaunt, a maker of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft has signed a letter of intent with Québec-based Vertiko Mobility for an intended initial purchase of 71 Jaunt Journey eVTOLs. It also signed an LOI with Mint Air of South Korea...

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