USC Newsletter – Feb 18

Unmanned Systems Canada in partnership with LOOKNorth (LN) organized a BVLOS workshop which was held at the Transport Canada facilities in Montreal on 15 February. Over 80 participants in person and via teleconference. The key objectives were to introduce potential funding available from LN/USC for USC corporate members to support BVLOS trials and the implementation of a common national risk model based. The implications of the risk model for operators was presented by Periculum Labs. Transport Canada briefed their call for BVLOS Conops with an active Q&A session. The presentations are posted on the USC website.

Meeting with MP Karen McCrimmon – Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Garneau.

On 23 February USC arranged a meeting with MP McCrimmon and several UAS companies in her riding. RME Geomatics hosted the afternoon session and provided an overview of UAS applications with a focus on LIDAR technology. NovaAerial showcased their Procyon UAS, AVSS presented their work on safety systems, Kongsberg Geospatial described their UAS situational awareness technologies, Periculum Labs discussed decision making tools and risk management, with Version2 rounding out the day presenting their UAV counterdetection applications. A great event, which provided MP McCrimmon with a keen understanding of the breadth of innovation in the UAS sector, and with some takeaways for the Minister.

Supercluster Selections.

Unfortunately, neither the MOST21 or Smart Agri-Food superclusters, which USC had supported for UAS projects were selected by the federal government. However, USC is engaged in the process of seeking opportunities with the selected superclusters. Should any companies have projects to propose which would benefit from USC support please write to Glenn Martin, our Executive Director at cc:

UAS Sector Survey for Transport Canada

Please take a few moments to complete the UAS Sector survey which is being conducted by USC for Transport Canada. The information being sought is intended to assist TC in developing public policies for the UAS industry, and will be guarded with strict confidentiality. The survey is accessed via the USC website.

UC2018 – Save the Date.

Start planning your involvement at UC2018 to be held 30 Oct to 1 Nov at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. A packed 3-day agenda is being planned. Sponsorship information will be forthcoming shortly.

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