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January 31, 2018  

UAS in the News
AirMap UAS Authorization Approval Available To App Developers
Developers can now integrate AirMap's low-altitude authorization and notification capability (LAANC) directly into their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) apps, providing Part 107 commercial drone operators with a seamless, automated way to request and...

Firm to build jet-powered drones in OKC, bring 350 jobs
A Calif.-based jet-powered drone manufacturer is moving at least 350 employees and part of its engineering, design and manufacturing operations to Oklahoma City, company and state leaders recently announced.

When drones are part of the smart city network
Drones are already being used to document accident scenes, support first responder activities and monitor construction sites, but they are poised to become an integral part of a smart city's network. Such drones will be able to provide situational...
Technology Spotlight
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation today are designed around a single mission payload. The payload is located in the UAS and is controlled remotely using a human computer interface (HCI) connected at a tactical control station (TCS). Given the current configuration and architecture, implementing a new payload in the UAS is exceedingly difficult and requires changing software in a multitude of systems, terminals, processors, and stations. There is a great need for a common interface for all payloads that may be carried by the UAS and an open system architecture to facilitate the integration of new and differing payloads. These improvements will provide higher performance and minimize obsolescence. The Navy has met these needs with the modular mission payload control software (MMPCS) capable of controlling each payload according to that payload's unique interface.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7736

The Future of Army Science & Technology is Here
Upcoming UASCI Events
How SBIR/STTR Can Help Move Your Innovation to the Marketplace Faster
February 7, 2018
Webinar

Green Country Unmanned Aircraft System Competition
April 14, 2018
The University of Tulsa Campus
The University of Tulsa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition on the TU campus August 25-28 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.

Drones and the Future of Food 
April 24, 2018
Enid, OK
Hosted by the Enid Regional Development Alliance

The Perfect Pitch Presentation Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
May 9, 2018
Webinar

Valuation of Companies Webinar - SAVE THE DATE
August 8, 2018
Webinar

UAS Tech Forum 2018
September 12 - 13, 2018
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
Registration opening soon.
Upcoming Industry Events
Dronetech America - The conference for commercial drones
April 25 - 26, 2018
New York City, NY
Dronetech America is about more than flying robots, it's about the intersection of advanced technologies that have the power to transform the world! ​

Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition
April 25-26, 2018
San Francisco, CA
sUSB Expo the Silicon Valley Drone Show is a commercial sUAS event for business to business exchange of ideas on commerce. The Expo features guest speakers from around the world and a SAR workshop, new in 2018 sUSB Expo Demo Field Day.

AUVSI Xponential
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Denver, CO
If you're looking to harness the power of unmanned technology, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 is the spot. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and real-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things unmanned into sharp focus....

ICUAS'18 The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 12-15, 2018
Dallas, TX
The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract...
Headlines
Drone software developers finding investor backing
UAS Magazine | 01/30/2018
It's been a good month for drone software developers. In the U.S., San Francisco-based Converge received a $750,000 round of seed funding from a group of big-name investors, including Samsung NEXT, Techstars Ventures and Kima Ventures.

Fire chiefs, ERAU partner to bring drones to fire departments
UAS Magazine | 01/29/2018
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide's College of Aeronautics and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering to offer the fire service education, training and certification opportunities to assist fire departments in effectively implementing unmanned aerial systems (UAS). 

Ohio Advisory Group: 14 Recommendations for Drone Use by Law Enforcement
Unmanned Aerial Onlilne | 01/29/2018
The Ohio Attorney General's Advisory Group on UAS has issued its final report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by law enforcement.

As technology advances, drones set to become a crucial tool in agriculture
Scottsbluff (NE) Star Herald | 01/28/2018
In the near future, people can expect to see drones buzzing through the skies carrying out a number of different tasks, Wayne Woldt, director of the Nebraska Unmanned Aircraft Innovation, Research and Education (NU-AIRE) laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told an audience at the Midwest Theater Thursday evening during the Science on Screen event,"Flying Farmhands: The Future of Drone Technology in Agriculture."

Texas A&M scientists present unmanned aerial system project updates in College Station
High Plains/Midwest AG Journal | 01/28/2018
From traditional crop production to livestock, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists from across the state provided updates on a multitude of unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, projects recently in College Station.

Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible
Forbes | 01/22/2018
As we hurtle into 2018, it is important to consider the foreseeable uses of new technologies by those seeking to leverage them as tools of mass-casualty terror attacks. Technology companies must consider how well-intended technologies and products may be capable of being hacked, manipulated or even directly employed as a tool of terror.

The Drone Industry in 2018: A Forecast for Key Regulatory Developments
Unmanned Aerial Online | 01/22/2018
The U.S. commercial drone industry has every reason to be optimistic for 2018 – cautiously optimistic, that is – as it remains likely that the year will bring further substantive steps toward developing federal legislation and regulations that can enhance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in the national airspace system (NAS). However, unless specific new legislation and final rules are actually put in place, the industry could still be disappointed.

NMSU researcher focuses on drones and robots
Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News | 01/20/2018
Liang Sun, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department in the New Mexico State University College of Engineering, is bringing the interdisciplinary nature of real-world engineering to his students. Sun is currently leading research projects with the goal to make unmanned systems truly autonomous.

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