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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

 
  
7/18/2017

Springfield Airport tapped to test new drone technology

The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport now has new mobile radar equipment to research unmanned aircraft as part of $5 million state and federal grants.

Link: Read the full article at the Springfield News-Sun
5/16/2017

​OFRN projects highlight a bright future for Ohio's tech-based economy

A technology initiative by the state-funded Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) is well underway, with 18 innovative projects covering a variety of high-tech industries.

Link: Read the full article at Soapbox Cincinnati
5/9/2017

​Ohio, Dayton take the stage at drone event

Dayton and Ohio are being represented at a global drones conference this week.

Link: Please read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
5/5/2017

Tata Consultancy Services Launches First Drones Research Lab in Cincinnati, Ohio​

New facility will enable collaborative exploration and experimentation into drone use across industries

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
3/31/2017

​Sky's the limit: Butler Tech offers drone summer camp

The sky's the limit for some students this summer as Butler Tech offers its first drone camp.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
3/27/2017

​Sinclair partners with Israeli school to boost drone program

Sinclair Community College is partnering with an Israeli school to collaborate on degrees and certificate  programs in unmanned aerial systems.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
3/4/2017

Police drone given high marks in debut​

Capturing sights high above a large chemical fire, the new Toledo police drone debuted to positive reviews from first responders.

Link: Read the full article at The Blade
12/20/2016

​Dayton leaders embraced accelerating UAS development in 2016

Drone technology has advanced greatly in 2016, and Dayton leaders have spent the year looking to stay on top.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
12/14/2016

How Dayton has won the 'long game' of UAV development​

The Miami Valley may not be an officially designated test site for unmanned aircraft, but that isn't stopping new UAS-related businesses from landing here.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
12/8/2016

Ohio universities receive $8.5 million for high tech research

Public and private universities in Ohio received $8.5 million from the Ohio Federal Research Network to lead high tech research for the defense and aerospace industries.

Link: Read the full article at Cleveland.com
12/5/2016

State approves $1.5m for Springfield airport drone research​

The Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory to work on ground-based "sense and avoid system" for unmanned aircraft at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

Link: Read the full article at the Springfield News-Sun
11/30/2016

AFRL awards $3.4M contract to WSRI and Aptima for drone system

​The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $3.4 million contract to Wright State Research Institute and Aptima, Inc. to develop an advanced virtual training system using autonomous unmanned systems, according to WSRI.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
11/10/2016

$5M investment at Springfield airport to research unmanned aircraft​

The first test flights of unmanned aircraft at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport are laying the groundwork for Clark County to be one of the only research hubs of its kind in the nation.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
10/24/2016

AFRL picks Springfield for $5M drone initiative

A $5 million investment by the Air Force Research Lab and the state will put Springfield's airport at the forefront of research for drones.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
10/20/2016

​Ohio Creating Policy for Law Enforcement Drone Usage

Unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly referred to as drones, can be used by law enforcement for a number of investigative purposes, such as crime scene and traffic accident investigations, missing persons cases, SWAT operations, and active shooter incidents.

Link: Read the full article at the Cleveland Patch
9/26/2016

​Sinclair drones soar over Erie to spot dangerous algae

A Sinclair Community College drone has soared above Lake Erie in the past week, collecting data that will help NASA engineers and the state better understand the algae blooms that have plagued parts of the lake for years.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
9/17/2016

Toledo, Oregon police test drones

Both departments plan to implement drones after officers complete training courses and certification.

Link: Read the full article at The Toledo Blade
9/13/2016

OH Turnpike uses drone for bridge inspection

Drones have become more and more popular over recent years, and now state agencies have began to find ways of using them for public safety.

Link: Read the full article at WTOL.com
9/11/2016

Drones joining Lake Erie algae research​

Western Lake Erie may soon have its first drone patrolling algae from the sky, signaling a new era of NASA aerial surveillance for one of the world's largest sources of fresh water.

Link: Read the full article at the Toledo Blade
9/1/2016

New rules open doors for drones

Thanks to new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration, the world of commercial drone flight is no longer the wild west.

Link: Read the full article at ThisWeekNews.com
8/26/2016

OSU expert says drone rules could improve agriculture

Regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles are expected to go into effect Monday

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
8/22/2016

​The city of Cincinnati just bought two drones

The city of Cincinnati has purchased its first and second drones, but before they hit the skies City Manager Harry Black is first putting in place rules on how they can be used.

Link: Read the full article at Cincinnati.com
8/18/2016

​This firm beat Amazon to drone deliveries by launching it from the roof of a truck

While Amazon is tussling with regulators over drone deliveries, one company has found a way to make the unmanned flying machines deliver packages today, by launching them out of the roof of a truck.

Link: Please read the full article at CNBC.com
8/18/2016

Relaxed drone rules to impact businesses, local airports​

New rules for how small drones can operate commercially will go into effect by the end of the month, and some businesses and aviation enthusiasts think the change could spur economic development and some challenges at airports in the region.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Daily News
8/16/2016

​Sinclair unveils $300k mobile drone lab

Sinclair Community College has unveiled a nearly $300,000 mobile lab as a new platform to train and simulate unmanned systems, or drones.

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
8/16/2016

​Ohio Turnpike preparing to use drones

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system, or drone.

Link: Read the full article at Cleveland.com
8/5/2016

Drone research propels Sinclair around the country

Sinclair Community College's efforts as a training center for drones has brought a national mission for the community college.

 

Link: Read the full article at the Dayton Business Journal
8/4/2016

Can drones save lives? The sky's the limit​

Rescue drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are attracting a lot of attention in the world of emergency management lately, and the trend is not about to stop.

Link: Read the full article at UC Magazine
7/31/2016

​Commercial drone use takes off

Area companies eager for FAA to relax rules soon for unmanned aircraft

Link: Read the full article at the Toledo Blade
7/15/2016

​News drones go mainstream media here

Dronewerx gets bird's-eye view of downtown Cleveland

 

 

Link: Read the full article at Cleveland.com
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