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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  May 30, 2023

Spotlight: UASCI new Growth Accelerator, new Rethink Vertical Podcast, and June 21st Lab to Business Showcase.

UAS Cluster Initiative Receives Stage One 2023 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Award

UASCI has received one of the 40 Stage One Awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition made these awards to foster a thriving national ecosystem that advances equitable investment in innovative high growth small businesses. Stage One prizes go directly to 40 organizations that have developed strategies to speed the launch, growth, and scale of STEM/R&D-focused small businesses through inclusive approaches.

For its award, UASCI will work with ecosystem partners to bring opportunities to traditionally underserved tribal nations. Through the creation of the Tribal Emerging Aerospace Growth Accelerator (TEAGA), tribal nations can create a cohesive strategy to capitalize on the rapidly growing emerging aerospace industry. By forging new alliances across industry, academia, and small business support organizations, the partnership can build bridges for tribal members to participate in new and exciting ways.

"We're thrilled to be able to continue the important work of strengthening the emerging aerospace ecosystem in Oklahoma by working closely with our existing partners and forging new partnerships to ensure that entrepreneurial and business opportunities are available to all", said UAS Cluster Initiative Executive Director Craig Mahaney.

UASCI is seeking tribal and entrepreneurial support partners to help catalyze this important work. If you'd like to be involved, please contact Emily Bell at

Read the full press release at: UAS Cluster News

Rethink Vertical Podcast with infiniDome's Cofounder and CEO, Omer Sharar.

How do you protect your operations in the face of GPS denial of service attacks?

In the latest Rethink Vertical Podcast , UAS Cluster Initiative Executive Director, Craig Mahaney, talks with infiniDome's Cofounder and CEO, Omer Sharar about GPS protection and resilient navigation solutions tailored to defend UAVs and vehicles from jamming attacks. Craig and Omer talk about the vulnerabilities of GPS, the effect on commercial and defense UAS operations, and how InfiniDome is working to mitigate these challenges.

Hear about InfiniDome and resilient navigation solutions on the latest Rethink Vertical Podcast.

Find out about infiniDome at :,

June 21st UASCI Lab to Business Showcase

Register for the Lab to Business Showcase on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 at 1:00 pm CT. For this showcase, UASCI has partnered with TechLink to present DOD technologies on Autonomous Agents and Swarm Technologies along with Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. If you are an entrepreneur or an existing business looking for your next UAS, AAM, logistics management, or advanced manufacturing opportunity, you will want to attend this free online event.
To register for this event, please go to

For questions or more information, please contact Jack James at More details may be found at the UASCI events listing

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UAS in the News
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Upcoming UASCI Events
UASCI Lab to Business Technology Presentation #1: NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Technology Opportunities
May 18, 2022 at 1:00 CT

Lab to Business Showcase featuring DOD technologies
June 21, 2023

UASCI Private Industry Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
July 2023 - date TBD
Upcoming Industry Events
Paris Airshow
June 19 - 25, 2023
Paris, France

EAA Air Venture Oshkosh
July 24 - 30, 2023
Oschkosh, WI

FAA Drone Symposium
August 1-2, 2023
Baltimore, MD

Thunderbird Drone Festival
August 25 & 26, 2023
Woodward, OK

Commercial UAV Expo
September 5-7, 2023
Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 29 - Oct 1, 2023
Brooklyn, NY
Policy News
USA DOT – Request for Information on Advanced Air Mobility
sUAS News | 05/18/2023
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public input on the development of a national strategy for Advanced Air Mobility as required by the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act.

Update: U.S. "national strategy" for AAM
JDSUPRA | 05/22/2023
With its track record in aviation safety and innovation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is one to watch when assessing the "barometer" of governmental AAM progress.

Counter-UAS Use Cases Wanted for FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)
sUAS News | 05/22/2023
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced the formation of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detection and Mitigation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to make recommendations to the FAA on how to integrate counter-UAS...

FAA Seeks Public Input on Drone Operations
Federal Aviation Administration | 05/23/2023
The FAA is seeking public input on four requests to conduct beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations at or below 400 feet.

Science Committee Passes Bill to Advance Domestic Drone Development and Deployment
Science Space and Technology | 05/24/2023
Today at a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology markup, the Committee passed H.R. 3560, the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Research and Development Act, with bipartisan support. 

House Homeland Security Committee advances five bills on cybersecurity, drones and more
Homeland Preparedness News | 05/19/2023
The House Homeland Security Committee took up a slew of bills this week, advancing five to the larger House's consideration on cybersecurity, Chinese drones, approaches to weapons of mass destruction and support for first responders.

Drone Surveillance Case Goes to Michigan Supreme Court
dronelife | 05/24/2023
Warrantless Drone Surveillance Case Will Be Heard at Michigan Supreme Court
Research News
What's the Weather Up There? Meteodrone Flies at High Altitude to Get Precise, Real-Time Weather Forecasts
dronelife | 05/23/2023
Today, weather intelligence and technology company Meteomatics launched its first U.S. Meteodrone autonomous flight system at North Dakota's GrandSKY aviation park.

Virginia Tech students use 3D printing to make working drones
suas News | 05/18/2023
3D printing typically involves a single machine creating an object. But a team of undergraduate researchers has taken that paradigm far outside its box in the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing (DREAMS) Lab, led by L.S....
Industry Headlines
Wing Demonstrates Drone Delivery Anywhere – Delivering Beer and Peanuts to Coors Field
dronelife | 05/23/2023
Ever been stuck in the middle of a row on the bleachers?  Drone delivery might be a real "game changer." Wing Delivers Beer and Peanuts to Coors Field in Colorado

Amazon Says Prime Air Has Completed Just 100 Drone Deliveries
Flying | 05/22/2023
Last week, the e-commerce giant told CNBC that its Prime Air drone delivery service—which currently serves a smattering of households in Lockeford, California, and College Station, Texas—has completed just 100 deliveries since launching in late...

North Carolina's Civil Air Patrol Invests in 10 New Drones for Emergency Management
dronelife | 05/20/2023
The North Carolina Wing has been at the forefront of the Civil Air Patrol small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) program that culminated in the first locate and save within CAP in August of 2021. On May 6th, the program introduced an increase in...

Echodyne Joins OneSky Future of Flight Program
Avionics | 05/19/2023
OneSky recently announced Echodyne as a new member of the OneSky Future of Flight Program. This is a coalition of stakeholders in the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry working towards scalable AAM operations.

First US drone-based micro-weather service to be launched out of an air base
Aerotime HUB | 05/19/2023
Every day, the drone industry comes up with new and different uses for unmanned aircraft. Now, here comes hyper-local weather forecasting – which, in turn, will also prove useful for other drone operators conducting their own operations. 

Walmart delivery partner DroneUp cuts jobs
Yahoo finance | 05/18/2023
DroneUp, the company powering drone delivery for the largest retailer in the world, has trimmed its head count.

The advanced air mobility market isn't far from realisation
Automotive World | 05/17/2023
If current trends continue, seamless urban 3D transport and the Advanced Air Mobility market could soon materialise

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