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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
August 28, 2020  

UAS Tech Forum Less Than Two Weeks Away
The P word is one that we have all heard a lot these days…pivot. It has been a year of pivots. Sometimes these pivots bring about rapid change that would have taken years. Pre-pandemic, virtual events were taking place behind the scenes and now they are the only game in town.

We are excited to be part of this new frontier. Forget what you knew about networking, the days of wandering around a reception or a giant hall hoping you strike up the right conversation with the right person is a thing of the past (remember measuring your success at an event with how many business cards you could collect?) We invite you to move forward, remain relevant, stay informed and connect like never before.

But, you can't play if you don't register to attend. Here's just a sample of registered attendees all waiting to network with you.

Flir Systems, Inc., NASA, Oklahoma State University, PrecisionHawk, University of Oklahoma, Navatek, Bell Helicopter, Federal Aviation Administration, Kansas State University Polytechnic, Kittyhawk, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., AiRXOS, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Skydweller and so many more…

See you at the Forum!

UAS in the News
AgEagle Aerial Could Reach New Highs
On Aug. 14, Kansas-based AgEagle Aerial Systems reported its second-quarter earnings. So far in 2020, UAVS stock has soared 400%. Long-term investors who aren't too risk-averse  may consider buying the shares on weakness.

Incentives offered to aerospace innovator
The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust has agreed to $275,000 in job-creation incentives for aerospace company Skydweller Aero to help set up shop in Oklahoma City.

DOD Developing Small, Unmanned Aerial System for Warfighters
For the first time, the Defense Department and the entire federal government will have access to secure, trusted, and American-made commercial drones on the General Service Administration schedule.

Iris Automation selected as DAA provider for Avidrone Aerospace
Iris Automation recently announced it has been selected as the exclusive airborne detect-and-avoid provider to Avidrone Aerospace, a leading OEM of long-range, cargo delivery and sensor payload aircraft and autopilot systems.
Technology Spotlight
Wireless drone biosensor system for detecting airborne biological hazards
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Corona Division

Navy scientist have invented a drone-biosensor system capable of detecting the presence of hazardous agents without putting a person in danger of contamination or exposure.

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

Navy tech optimizes UAV flight path for imagery collection
Upcoming UASCI Events
2020 UAS Tech Forum Goes Virtual with New Dates
September 9-10, 2020
Regarded as the anchor event for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), a program funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tech Forum attracts a wide array of public and private sector professionals and leaders involved in the unmanned aerial systems industry.

Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL (Virtual)
October 5, 2020
Dallas, TX
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.

Co-located virtual event
Upcoming Industry Events
Counter UAS Summit - NEW DATES
August 31 - September 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...

Commercial UAV Expo Americas -VIRTUAL
September 15-17, 2020
Virtual Event
Following a record-breaking event in 2019, with more than 200 exhibitors and 3,100 drone professionals from 54 countries, North America's leading trade show and conference focused on commercial drone integration and operation will take place...

October 5-8, 2020
Virtual Event
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned — from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more..

UAS Summit & Expo - NEW DATES
October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020
Grand Forks, ND
The UAS Summit & Expo started as a small gathering of regional stakeholders. Now, 14 years later, the event in the Northern Plains of North Dakota has become a yearly major event for UAS experts from around the world. It's the original epicenter of...

2nd Annual Monterey Bay Drone, Automation & Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium - VIRTUAL
October 19-23, 2020
Virtual Event
The Symposium will feature a week of compelling talks, workshops, networking and inspiration. This world-class event will build on the momentum generated at the first Symposium, highlight cutting edge technologies being used and developed to address...

The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...

InterDrone - NEW DATES
December 15-17, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Aerial survey gives Dyer a detailed look at what's going on in town
Northwest Indiana Times | 08/26/2020
When you hear about people looking at "the big picture" before making a decision, it might mean looking at 21,200 pictures in Dyer, Indiana. That's how many images are compiled using unmanned aerial vehicle technology to give town officials a single...

Army Researchers Develop Breakthrough Sensors For Small Drones
UASweekly | 08/25/2020
At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, researchers developed a novel sensor and software application to detect and avoid energized power lines in the vicinity of unmanned aerial system, or UAS.

VP Racing Fuels leverages specialty fuel technology experience to keep UAVs up and running
AUVSI News | 08/24/2020
VP Racing Fuels, a company that has been fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea, and air with its fuel technology since 1975, has for more than 10 years now been indirectly working with UAVs

Airline pilots are worried about their jobs. So some are learning to fly drones
WICZ FOX-40 | 08/23/2020
With mass layoffs at US air carriers expected this fall, airline pilots like Michelle Bishop are anticipating the unwelcome reality that pilots like herself may soon be left without stable work. One opportunity piqued her interest: Piloting drones.

Censys Technologies Closes $2 million Seed Funding Round
West Orlando News | 08/23/2020
Censys Technologies, a Daytona Beach company mostly of young Embry-Riddle graduates, announced that it has closed its most recent round of Series Seed funding which will provide growth capital to serve more enterprise customers, UAS service...

Drones used for deliveries, agriculture and claims inspections after Cedar Rapids derecho storm
The Gazette | 08/21/2020
Whether it's for examining high-voltage power lines and natural gas pipelines, or seeding and spraying crops in a field, drones are getting a lot of attention, in Iowa and elsewhere.

Will Drones Transform Urban Living?
BRINK | 08/20/2020
BRINK spoke with Paul Cureton, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University and the author of Drone Futures, and began by asking where we are currently in the development of drones. 

AeroVironment Introduces Battery, Launcher Options for Small Tactical UAS Product Line
ExecutiveBiz | 08/19/2020
AeroVironment has unveiled two optional features for its portfolio of small tactical unmanned aircraft systems that are equipped with electro-optical/infrared imaging and plug-and-play components.

Drone technology provides air support
Snohomish County Tribune | 08/19/2020
In hopes of being on the cutting edge of technology, the city of Monroe, Wash., is now operating an Unmanned Aerial System program. The drones are available for a wide variety of uses in the city.

Chinese Drone Maker DJI Makes Sweeping Cuts In ‘Long March' Reforms | 08/18/2020
Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology has been making sweeping cuts to its global sales and marketing teams as it faces coronavirus headwinds and mounting political pressure in key markets, current and former staff told Reuters.

FAA Continues Drone Integration Initiatives
Aviation Pros | 08/18/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration announced 26 schools from 20 different states have been selected so far to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative.

FIRST iZ, KnackForge partner to create control systems hardware and software for UAS tech
AUVSI News | 08/18/2020
A patent-pending UAS that allows drones to be dispatched autonomously by 911 operators called FIRST iZ has announced a partnership with KnackForge to create control systems hardware and software for its FIRST Port drone port, as well as its launch...

Interagency Advisory Provides Guidance on Drone Detection and Mitigation Technology
JD Supra | 08/18/2020
The Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Communications Commission recently released a joint advisory on the acquisition and use of counter-drone equipment by non-federal public and...

UAS help industry adapt to ‘new normal'
BIC Magazine | 08/17/2020
As industry and society in general come back on line after months of interruption due to the threat of COVID- 19, Garrett Scott, UAS coordinator for Duke Energy, said he believes "a lot of the things we're seeing right now, whether because of social...

Verizon pairing Real Time Kinematics with 5G for precise location services, road safety, and IoT
Tech Republic | 08/17/2020
Verizon announced a slate of new GPS-related services thanks to the development of Real Time Kinematics, which when paired with 5G will be able to support location accuracy for drones, Internet of Things devices, and more.

Virginia launches drone information exchange service
Aerospace Testing International | 08/17/2020
The Virginia Department of Transportation is one of the key stakeholders in a new project to enable sharing of information about unmanned aerial systems, to address key safety and policy concerns while keeping the airspace open, secure, and...
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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