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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  September 23, 2023

Spotlight on Oklahoma events: Oklahoma Aerospace Forum; Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day; Rethink Vertical podcast.

Oklahoma Aerospace Forum
Wednesday Nov 8, 2023 at Omni Oklahoma City Hotel

Join the Aerospace community for the annual Oklahoma Aerospace Forum, sponsored by Oklahoma ACES, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. Exclusively tailored for individuals in the aerospace and aviation industry, the Oklahoma Aerospace Forum offers attendees a unique opportunity to gain insights from industry experts regarding the current aerospace landscape in Oklahoma, emerging technologies and workforce development, all while fostering valuable networking opportunities. The keynote speaker for this event is former NASA Astronaut and Ret. U.S. Navy officer John B. Herrington, a Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee, hailed as the first Native American in space.
For more information and to register, go to Oklahoma Aerospace Forum registration on EventBrite. .

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day
Saturday, Dec 8, 2023, at 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day is an annual event to advance STEM and aerospace career awareness in the minds of policymakers, students, the citizens of Oklahoma, and to the national aviation and aerospace industries. This yearly event also commemorates Oklahoman Pearl Carter Scott, who, at 13, was the youngest woman to receive her pilots license in the United States; received pilot training from Wiley Post; later became a performing stunt pilot; and was a member of the Chickasaw nation legislature.

This year's event will be on December 8th, 2023, at the 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The program features Heather "Lucky" Penney as the keynote speaker and Col. (Ret) Eileen Collins as the 2023 Woman of the Year.

Find out more at the Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day Facebook page .

Registration for this event opens on October 1st on Eventbright.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this important event, there are different sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact Sandra Shelton at .

Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast

The Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative, brings you emerging aerospace industry insight without the fluff. These immersive conversations highlight where the industry is today and how it will shape the technology of tomorrow.

Join host Craig Mahaney on the third Thursday of every month as he interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers. There will be a new podcast this Thursday, Sept 21st.

You can access the Rethink Vertical Podcasts at: Rethink Vertical Podcast.

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

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Oct. 10 - Oct. 11, 2023
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Oklahoma Aerospace Forum
Nov. 8, 2023, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
December 8, 2023
Will Rogers Airport, 137th Special Operations Wing, Oklahoma City, OK
Policy News
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Industry Headlines
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