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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
October 11, 2018  

UAS in the News
Kansas tech company unveils two new drone detection radars
Radar technology company Ainstein—located in Lawrence, Kansas—has rolled out new airborne and ground-based ultra-long-range radar systems capable of detecting drones more than 3,200 feet away

Vigilant Aerospace Uses FlightHorizon to Monitor Airspace for North Dakota UAS IPP Flight-Over-People with FAA Observation
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. has successfully participated in a ground-breaking unmanned aircraft flight that helps to pave the way for routine flights over people, a major milestone in the development of commercial drone regulations and the use...
Technology Spotlight
Vigilant Spirit UAV ground control software
Air Force Research Laboratory 711 HPW
The Air Force Research Laboratory is sharing unmanned aerial vehicle ground control software with businesses to further enhance the software's capabilities. The Department of Defense uses a variety of UAVs, also known as drones, to perform critical missions. Similarly, many businesses use UAVs to monitor crops, manage forests, and inspect communication towers and pipelines. Most UAVs are piloted remotely, and those that are come with piloting and control software. But the Air Force developed a new, non-proprietary UAV software that can control multiple groups and types of UAVs that can be customized for individual operators or missions. It's called the Vigilant Spirit Control Software.

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Upcoming UASCI Events
Getting Started with UAS in Western Kansas
Hays, KS
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drones are more than a fad. This technology impacts most of our population every day and yet we're still only scratching the surface of its economic potential. This workshop will bring together industry experts to share UAS opportunities, applications and regulations.
Upcoming Industry Events
Drone Use For First Responders 
Hazard, KY
When you are finished with this 36-hour training, you will have an abundance of experience and a USA Drone Port IA First Responder UAS certificate.  Our staff are from Law Enforcement, Military, Academics, and the UAS industry.  Each of our Staff...

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2019
Denver, CO
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial, and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
Baltimore, MD
The leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event

AUVSI Xponential
Chicago, IL
Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL...

SPAR3D Expo & Conference
Anaheim, CA
From sensing with drones, mobile rigs and hand-held devices to AR, VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only industry-agnostic, platform-neutral 3D event in the market: SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.
Colorado Springs middle-schoolers learn drone technology in new flight and space class
The Gazette | 10/10/2018
There was no sitting down Tuesday in third period for students in North Middle School's gifted and talented program.

Instead of listening to a teacher drone on, 17 seventh-graders were doing their own droning, and it was anything but boring.

What does the FAA Reauthorization Act mean to the UAS industry?
UAS Magazine | 10/10/2018
The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 recently signed into law is being hailed a significant step forward by those in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and by aviation law experts. But to those who have criticized the slow pace of lawmakers and regulators in implementing a clear path forward for the UAS industry, the legislation not only provides five years of funding for the FAA's priorities, but also promises more regulatory guidance.

Airport board partners with development firm to attract unmanned aircraft businesses
Laramie Boomerang | 10/09/2018
Laramie could soon become the nation's second drone hub, providing Wyoming with a center for unmanned aircraft flights and data collection, Laramie Regional Airport Board Chairman Tim Stamp said.

Heat-seeking drones can save the dolphins
New Zealand Future Five | 10/09/2018
Unmanned drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras could save dolphins, according to a new scientific study out of NZ and the UK.

Walmart seeks patent for drones to deliver products
Financial Express | 10/09/2018
Walmart, in the patent application, said in a modern retail environment, there is a need to improve the customer service and one aspect of that is delivery of products.

New York Airport Gets Federal Drone Testing Extension
Government Technology | 10/08/2018
With the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act in Congress, Griffiss International Airport's designation as an unmanned aircraft systems test site has been extended.

In post-Hurricane Florence cleanup efforts, a new ally: drones | 10/06/2018
At one point during last month's Hurricane Florence, a storm surge completely cut off the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and its nearly 120,000 residents from the outside world. People desperate to return to their homes via Interstate 40 – the main highway leading into Wilmington – were confronted by an ocean that seemed to stretch to the horizon. Estimating the scope of the flood was impossible from the ground, and helicopters were tied up with search-and-rescue missions. But officials at the state's Department of Transportation had a new tool to assess the damage and reopen thoroughfares into the city: drones. Florence was one of the biggest tests yet of drone technology as a disaster recovery aid.

Trump signs law allowing US authorities to shoot down private drones without warrants
RT | 10/06/2018
US authorities are now allowed to shoot down personal drones if they deem them to be a threat, thanks to a new bill which has been signed by President Donald Trump. But critics say the law could be easily abused.

Anti-Drone Tech Emerges With Drone Growth
Semiconductor Engineering | 10/04/2018
The ability of unmanned aerial vehicles to fly legally over fences, walls and property lines is disrupting more than just the few industries that use drones commercially.

Battery Technology Takes Flight | 10/03/2018
As part of a new program, researchers in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory,are evaluating what it takes to power drones with batteries.

Drone Groups Give Blessing to FAA Reauthorization, Now OK'd by Congress
Unmanned Aerial | 10/03/2018
Expecting the legislation to further the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, drone industry groups are encouraging President Donald Trump to sign into law the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, which has now been passed by both the House and Senate.

UAS veteran Luxion named ASSURE director
Mississippi State University newsroom | 10/03/2018
After a national search, Stephen "Lux" Luxion is the new director of the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).

Irish Tech News | 10/03/2018
$3million in prizes for successful projects
Reflecting the huge increase in commercial interest in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) the world's richest business accelerator for UAS has opened its doors for new applications to join its 2019 programme. 

Skyfish introduces platform to automate inspection, measurement
UAS Magazine | 10/02/2018
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology developer Skyfish has introduced a computing platform for commercial drones that fully automates infrastructure inspection and measurement tasks.

UAV Report: Growth trends & opportunities for 2019
GPS World | 10/02/2018
The UAV/UAS industry has grown at such an amazing rate, it's almost impossible to count or describe all the applications that have become normal practice, not to mention the number of companies involved in either making drone platforms or supplying drone integrators with sensors: GNSS, inertial, lidar, cameras photographic, thermal, infrared, video and more.

FAA cracks down on rogue drones | 10/01/2018
The Federal Aviation Administration is no longer Mr. Nice Guy when it comes to keeping unauthorized drones away from disaster areas. The agency put unmanned aerial system pilots on notice that they likely face stiff civil penalties and consequences if their aircraft stray, or are directed into, areas where they can potentially interfere with emergency responders or law enforcement actions.

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