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12/29/2015
FAA Grants OH/IN UAS Center Greater Use of Airspace
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the OH/IN UAS Center’s (UASC) request for a Section 333 exemption under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The 333 exemption allows the UASC to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in our national airspace system. The UASC will use UAS to conduct precision agriculture; education, environmental, wildlife, and forestry monitoring; infrastructure inspection; survey and mapping, and research and development.  The UASC will use state owned small aircraft that weigh under 10lbs to conduct these operations.
Link: Read the full UASC press release here
10/23/2015

​Ohio/Indiana UAS Center partners with University of Cincinnati

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center has teamed up with the University of Cincinnati to conduct research and development on systems necessary to execute precision flight control algorithms for small UAS. Outcomes from this research are targeted to help emergency responders but may also be leveraged for other industrial purposes.  The small UAS leased by the UAS Center, is a rotocopter that weighs 15 pounds and has a payload capacity of 10 pounds.

Link: Read the full press release
8/24/2015

​Clark State Community College Begins Flying UAS for Precision Agriculture

Clark State Community College has initiated flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as part of their new precision agriculture program.  The new program is designed to prepare students for employment with companies using geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) applied to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. 

Link: Read the full press release
8/18/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Flies Cleveland Metroparks

Last week, the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center supported Cleveland Metroparks by flying successful missions for environmental studies used to assess and monitor the overall health of the parks.  The flight operations were conducted with a small 1.5 lb. unmanned aircraft in airspace authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release
7/20/2015

Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and The Ohio State University begin regular flight operations

The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) and The Ohio State University have initiated regular flight operations at Molly Caren Agricultural Center.  These flights will enable aeronautical research of various types of UAS sensors.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release here
2/23/2015
OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Wright State University and the National Center for Medical Readiness
The UASC is working with NCMR to expand unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) efforts supporting first responder and emergency management training.  The overall advantage of flying UAS is to provide situational awareness to first responders.  Deploying a UAS during an emergency situation can provide critical information that can be used to find survivors or to assess damage during accidents and disasters.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release here
2/10/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Receives Fifth FAA Approval for Flying at Ohio State University

Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio and the UASC and OSU have received two new COAs to explore new technology and techniques to increase agricultural productivity and enhance environmental protection.

Link: Read the full press release
1/15/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Receives FAA Permission to Conduct Flight Operations over Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks will soon be using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for environmental studies designed to assess and monitor the overall health of the parks.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted two separate Certificates of Authorization (COA) to the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center to conduct the flight operations in support of Cleveland Metroparks.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC Press Release
1/13/2015
OH/IN UAS Center and Clark State Community College Collaborate on Precision Agriculture
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a Certificate of Authorization for the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center to conduct flight operations in support of Clark State Community College’s UAS and precision agriculture program.   
Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
11/24/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Receives FAA Permission to Fly with Ohio State University Agriculture Center

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted two separate Certificates of Authorization (COA) to the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center to conduct flight operations in support of precision agriculture research at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Molly Caren Agriculture Center in London, Ohio. Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio and the UASC and OSU have teamed to explore new technology and techniques to increase the industry’s growth. 

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
10/28/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center and Wright State Research Institute Test Mapping Aircraft

The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) and Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) conducted their first joint flight operation at Wilmington Air Park yesterday. The flight operation was supported by a Dayton company, 3D Aerial Solutions, and the aircraft used was a senseFly eBee.​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center press release
9/9/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with the City of Springfield

Today, the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with the city of Springfield and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The airport serves corporate, military, and general aviation customers, and is also home to military units representing the Ohio Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Ohio Air National Guard Units.​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
9/9/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Clark State Community College

Today the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with Clark State Community College. The UASC is looking to expand precision agriculture efforts statewide while Clark State Community College has developed a UAS program around agriculture. ​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
8/20/2014

​Centerville High School Wins Destination Dayton Challenge

Ohio Robots Inc. and Sinclair Community College hosted the Destination Dayton UAS Challenge with local high school students last Saturday. The purpose of the competition is to develop civic and commercial awareness of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies at the high school level. The indoor challenge required students to build their own aircraft, which had to deliver a small object to a specified target, simulating a commercial package delivery service. The Centerville High School team was the overall winner while Milford High School was runner up. ​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
7/25/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Wilmington Park

Today, the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with Wilmington Air Park supporting UAS flying, advancing technology and manufacturing efforts in the state of Ohio. This partnership lays the foundation for system development and test infrastructure supporting federal and state agencies and academia. The ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for and support businesses in their efforts to develop and grow in this rapidly emerging industry. ​

Link: To full OH/IN UAS Center press release
5/22/2014
Ohio/Indiana UAS Center Supports Test Flights In Preparation For The NASA UAS Air Operations Challe​nge
The first series of Unmanned Aircraft Systems test flights have been conducted successfully
 
The National​ Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory conducted Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight operations at Camp Atterbury this week with the support of the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center.  NASA’s UAS Air Operations Centennial Challenge is focused on developing new technology to help UAS integrate safely into the NAS (National Airspace System).  The Dayton Development Coalition was instrumental in attracting NASA to the region for this competition and sponsorship of the event.
Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center News Release
12/20/2013

​Teams Registering for UAS Airspace Operations Challenge

Teams of aerospace researchers across the country are signing up to compete for $500,000 in prize money by demonstrating the ability to fly unmanned aircraft through an airspace obstacle course. Registration began two months ago for the NASA 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Operations Challenge, coordinated by Development Projects Inc. (DPI) of Dayton, Ohio. Since then, numerous teams from industry and academia have signed up to demonstrate their capabilities and to compete in the first phase scheduled for April 2014. Registrations for the first phase will run through March 31, 2014.

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center News Release
10/1/2013

Test Center to host UAS Airspace Operations Challenge​

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex is working in close collaboration with NASA to host the Unmanned Airspace Operations Phase I Challenge that will be held April 28th-May 2nd, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  The challenge offers a prize purse of $500,000 for the first phase of the competition and is looking for innovative “sense and avoid” technology to help integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System.

Link: More information on the challenge
 

 Headlines

 
  
7/11/2018

UC researchers team up with ODOT to study traffic with drones​

The University of Cincinnati is partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve traffic in Cincinnati, and they're using drones to do it.

Link: Read the full article at WCPO.com
7/2/2018

Eye in the Sky: Ohio Will Use Drones to Study Highway Traffic

DriveOhio, Gov. John Kasich's innovation center for new technology within the Department of Transportation, launched a three-year, $5.9 million study this weekend to see how drones can be integrated to monitor roadways.

Link: Read the full article at WOSU Radio
6/21/2018

This new system could help air taxis and drone deliveries avoid crashing​

A project in Ohio aims to solve that problem by using radar units and software to create what's known as an unmanned traffic management system.

Link: Read the full article at Popular Science
6/12/2018

Ohi​o DOT Plans to Use Drones to Monitor Traffic Conditions

A three-year, $5.9 million study in central Ohio will use drones to monitor traffic on a 35-mile highway, and provide new information used to prevent crashes between manned and unmanned aircraft.

Link: Read the full article at Government Technology
6/8/2018

More eyes in the sky: ODOT testing drones to monitor traffic, road conditions

Drones will monitor traffic and road conditions along the Dublin-to-Marysville stretch of Rt. 33 in a research project complementing smart mobility tests of driverless and connected vehicles.

Link: Read the full article at Columbus Business First
5/16/2018

Real-life testing under way for truck-launched Horsefly delivery drone

Workhorse Group Inc. has announced that its Horsefly truck-launched drone delivery system is now making real-life package deliveries to homes in the Cincinnati area through a pilot program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Loveland, Ohio. ​

Link: Read the full article at Unmanned Aerial Online
5/10/2018

Ohio governor: all public roads to be open for autonomous vehicle testing

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed an executive order on May 9 that allows autonomous vehicles (AVs) to be tested on any public Ohio road.​

Link: Read the full article at American City and County
5/1/2018

Dayton-led coalition touts UAS strengths at global conference​

A coalition of experts led by a Dayton-area economic development group is in Denver this week to highlight the region's strengths in Unmanned Aerial Systems, including a $5 million project to be implemented later this year.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
4/4/2018

​Workhorse earns patent for truck-launched drone package delivery

Workhorse Group, Inc., an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric sector, has announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent, number 9,915,956 for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System.

Link: Read the full article at UAS Magazine
4/2/2018

Scratch: Flying into the future of Miami Valley drone research

Unmanned aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it's not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game.

Link: Read the full article at WYSO
3/20/2018

​Two new bachelor's degree programs approved for Sinclair

The Ohio Department of Education has approved two new bachelor's degree program for Sinclair Community College. Students at Sinclair may soon be able to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Aviation Technology and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
3/8/2018

​Sinclair forms new partnership to help strengthen UAS programs

Sinclair Community College has formed a partnership to help strengthen its aerospace programming, including the growing field of unmanned aerial systems.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
1/26/2018

​Advisory group issues report for drone use by law enforcement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has issued its final report, which includes a model policy for use by law enforcement.

Link: Read the full article at the Cleveland American
1/5/2018

​System Enables Drone Operators to Detect and Avoid Other Aircraft

Recently, Volpe has worked closely with the Air Force and the Ohio Department of Transportation to deploy GBDAA at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport (KSGH) in Springfield to test technologies that may enable safe and efficient flight of small RPA.

Link: Read the full article at Volpe
1/4/2018

Workhorse Receives FAA Certification for Test Flights of SureFly™ Electric Hybrid Helicopter

Workhorse Group INC.  an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow the company to conduct test flights of its SureFly™ electric hybrid helicopter.

Link: Read the full article at UAS Weekly
12/26/2017

​Springfield drone center connects to statewide network, could boost jobs

Ohio/Indiana UAS Center in Springfield recently completed an agreement to connect to a statewide broadband network that will allow the site to connect with the city, along with several local colleges and universities.

Link: Read the full article at the Springfield News-Sun
12/6/2017

Safely Integrating Drones into the National Airspace​

Volpe has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Department of Transportation to test technologies that may enable safe and efficient flight of small drones.

Link: Read the full article at Volpe
11/28/2017

​Ohio cities vie for $36M for projects including drone research

About a half a dozen Clark and Champaign County entities have filed requests seeking a total of nearly $36.5 million in potential federal funding, including $15 million to make Springfield a hub of drone research and manufacturing.

Link: Read the full article at Government Technology
11/15/2017

Drones play critical role in Ohio agricultural research​

A new hangar for unmanned aircraft is part of a $1.2 million investment by the Clark State-Ohio Center for Precision Agriculture.

Link: Read the full article at Government Technology
11/14/2017

FAA grant another Waiver for over-people drone flights​

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has granted a Part 107 waiver to Columbus, Ohio based CivitasNow for the operation of a helium filled Aerotrain Skye tethered drone over people on the ground.

Link: Read the full article at Unmanned Aerial Online
11/6/2017

​Ohio company develops Drone Defender

Small remote controlled aircraft, also known as drones, are taking to the skies of the Miami Valley with increasing frequency. Hobbyists, bridge inspectors and, yes, even TV stations are using them to get a bird's eye view of whatever is happening below. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates there are 700,000 of them now in use nationwide and that number is estimated to explode to about 7 million by 2020.

Link: Read the full article at WHIOtv.com
11/5/2017

​Tapping into high-flying drone industry

As field grows rapidly in the state, Kent State adds a study focus

Link: Read the full article at Crain's Cleveland
11/3/2017

Drones become crime-fighting tool in Ohio, but perfection is elusive​

Drones are fast becoming an essential tool for more law enforcement agencies, changing how officers carry out everyday tasks and bringing air surveillance to departments with limited budgets.

Link: Read the full article at the News-Herald
10/23/2017

Delivery drones get test run in Las Vegas​

The unmanned aerial vehicles - working in tandem with delivery trucks - could be ready for real world use as early as December.

Link: Read the full article at FutureStructure
10/20/2017

Nearpod partners with Unmanned Safety Institute to bring interactive drone education to high school students​

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the leading provider or Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and industry certifications to students interested in a career as professional pilots, and Nearpod, the company helping districts in their digital transformation, announced a partnership to promote Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) learning across high schools throughout the world.

Link: Read the full article at BusinessInsider.com
9/28/2017

​Sinclair Community College addresses demand for drone analytics jobs

Sinclair Community College has partnered with a drone photogrammetry company to expand training and education that is focused on data capture and processing for unmanned aerial systems-- a rapidly expanding component of the industry.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
9/11/2017

Clark State gets $200k for high-tech precision agriculture program​

Clark State Community College has received a $200,000 grant to advance research and education for its precision agriculture program, an increasingly important job field.

Link: Read the full article at Aviation Pros
9/1/2017

This 'small' Ohio tech company built the drone UPS just flew from a moving delivery truck

With the help of an Ohio-based tech comp​any, UPS successfully tested a drone for potential use in day-to-day operations.

Link: Read the full article at Fox19.com
8/31/2017

Ohio State sets drone world speed record​

The Ohio State University's Aerospace Research Center has set a work record for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of any size, pending verification.

Link: Read the full article at The Ohio State College of Engineering News
8/18/2017

​$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work

More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology.
Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
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