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UAS Cluster Initiative Newsletter
June 6, 2019  

UAS in the News
The FAA is offering new partnership opportunities to validate key drone technologies
Is your company up for a challenge? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will partner with qualified commercial companies who can match the agency's $6 million pledge to perform vital drone integration safety work at the FAA's UAS test sites.

How Much Progress Has the UAS IPP Made? A Look Back at the First Year and the FAA Approvals Secured
It's been over a year since the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) winners were announced, and a lot has happened since then.

Tulsa Police Department post warning video on Facebook to keep skies safe
The Tulsa police department posted this warning video on Facebook in an effort to deter hobbyist drone pilots from hindering and endangering first aid and rescue operations in the flooded areas around Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Technology Spotlight
Hyperspectral 3-D vision for autonomous vehicles, unmanned systems
Air Force Research Laboratory - 711th Human Performance Wing
The Air Force has invented a 3-D, stereoscopic vision system that fuses visible, infrared and multispectral images from multiple cameras for maneuvering unmanned or autonomous vehicles.

This technology could be embedded in the grille of an autonomous vehicle in order to provide enhanced safety through additional awareness.

Businesses or entrepreneurs can license the patent rights to the vision system for commercial development.

Contact: Brian Metzger, PhD, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721

Naval Research Laboratory improves autopilot algorithm for soaring drones
Upcoming UASCI Events
UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
June 19, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
June 19, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at

UAS Angel Network Pitch Presentation
September 18, 2019
1:00 pm, ET - Webinar (Invitation Only)
September 18, 2019 SAVE THE DATE - Invitation only

Deals to be announced.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation, contact Jim Troxel at
Upcoming Industry Events
2019 Kansas Association of Airports Conference
Fort Scott. Kansas

Drone Expo East
June 27 - 30, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Drone Expo International has announced Drone Expo East, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the eastern United States.

Fly K-State Academy
July 22-25, 2019
Salina, KS
Registration is limited to 12 participants. Do you dream of flying? Are you an aspiring pilot? The Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team is your host as you start your pilot training at Fly K-State Academy. Complete four missions designed to push...

UAS Training for High School Teachers and Administrators
Salina, KS
Kansas State Polytechnic invites Kansas high school teachers and administrators to participate in an immersive, one-week program focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This program will cover all aspects of UAS for high school teachers and...

UAS Summit & Expo
Grand Forks, ND

Public Safety Drone Conference
Tulsa, OK
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems are the future of the industry. Why? Drones significantly improve your effectiveness while keeping you out of harm's way. Departments all around the world see the benefits already. If you want to start orgrow your...
Advice from FAA Drone Waiver Approvers
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service, as well as Randy Willis, Manager, FAA Emerging Technologies Team, took part in the "Get Advice From the Approvers" session at the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium. 

Amazon to deliver by drone 'within months'
BBC News | 06/05/2019
Amazon has said it will use drones to deliver packages to customers "within months".

FAA Issues Waiver for Drones With Parachutes to Fly Over People – and Indicates a Way Forward for New Drone Technologies
dronelife | 06/05/2019
In a significant move towards making flight over people more available to companies with commercial drone applications, the FAA has announced that they have issued the Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley, Colorado, a Part 107 waiver to operate a DJI Phantom 4 drone equipped with a parachute over people. 

Highways In The Sky: State Transportation Drones Aim To Save Time, Money -- And Lives
Forbes | 06/05/2019
Nearly all states are using drones in some way, and many are deploying them in new ways that are saving lives, time and money, from monitoring traffic and streamlining package delivery to responding to emergencies and natural disasters.

New York UAS Test Site Evaluates Remote ID Technologies
Unmanned | 06/05/2019
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance, in collaboration with ANRA Technologies, recently conducted an operational assessment of ANRA's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) technology for drone remote identification.

Boeing Invests in Unmanned Aerial Systems Aftermarket | 06/04/2019
Following its announcement in October to collaborate with Robotic Skies, Boeing is to announce on June 4 an investment in the company.

Micro weather analytics firm focused on drones gains investors
UAS Magazine | 06/03/2019
TruWeather Solutions, Inc., a micro weather data and analytics company successfully raised a Series Seed investment from Kluz Ventures, through its The Flying Object and The Next Impact funds.

17 Tips for Generating ROI from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Precision Farming Dealer | 05/30/2019
An aerial view can help precision ag service providers get an elevated perspective on crop nutrient uptake, plant health, water infiltration and more to offer support options for farm customers.

Drone Jammer 101 — An Inside Look at Counter UAS Technology for Drone Pilots
UAV Coach | 05/30/2019
The drone industry is currently experiencing exponential growth with no signs of slowing down. While this is a good thing for all of the relevant industries who benefit from UAV's, new technology always brings unexpected challenges and the need for regulations.

FAA Expands Airspace Access for Remote Pilots Through LAANC
On May 23, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) added more than 100 control towers and airports to the hundreds of FAA air traffic facilities and airports that currently use the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system.

The FAA is No Longer Implementing Remote ID for Drones by July
At a recent hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, FAA UAS Integration Office Executive Director Jay Merkle said that the agency is seriously contemplating releasing its remote identification ruling for drones in July this year.

Tijuana First Responders Launch Drone Program
Unmanned | 05/29/2019
The Tijuana Public Safety Department in Mexico has launched a new Drone as First Responder (DFR) program in partnership with Cape, a cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management.

DHL Express Launches Its First Urban Drone Delivery Service
esellercafe | 05/27/2019
DHL Express and intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China.

Percepto Raises $15 Million Series A Funding Led by USVP, For Its Market-Leading Industrial Autonomous Drone-in-a-Box
sUAS | 05/24/2019
Percepto, the global market leader for industrial autonomous drone solutions, today announced that it has raised $15M Series A Round Funding, led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), with participation from existing investors: NHN, Spider Capital and Emerge. The company has to date raised a total of $27.5M. 
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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