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  May 29, 2024

Spotlight: Osage Nation Begins Construction of the Windshape State-of-the-Art Testing Facility at Skyway36

The Osage Nation's Skyway36 Droneport and Technology Innovation Center is thrilled to announce the commencement of construction on WindShape's cutting-edge unmanned aerospace (UAS) testing facility, which will feature state-of-the-art indoor drone testing and validation capabilities.

Skyway36, a unique UAS testing center within Osage Nation, is conveniently located less than 5 miles from downtown Tulsa and a mere 10 miles from Tulsa International Airport. It serves as the main access point to Skyway Range, a Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS flight test range spanning 1,200 square miles. This range was established through a partnership with Osage LLC, Oklahoma State University, and Tulsa Innovation Labs.

For more details, visit the press release.

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The UAS Cluster Initiative is funded in part through a Contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed within this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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