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DRONE FOOTAGE UNCOVERS FORGOTTEN UTAH TOWN
Remnants of houses once lived in by Rockport residents resurface (picture captured by Devon Dewey)
The town of Rockport, Utah vanished entirely in 1957 – five years after the White House green-lit the construction of the Wanship Dam, which created Rockport Reservoir. When drought conditions caused the water to recede to 26 per cent capacity in recent weeks, the foundations of Rockport were revealed for the first time in 64 years.

Drone test pilot Devon Dewey, who traveled to the site, recently shared striking drone images of the roads and house remnants that could be seen. “It was really interesting to be standing at an overlook for the reservoir and to see faint traces of foundations of old homes and a road all below where the water would normally be. Using a drone to get a higher perspective helped to see where structures once stood.”
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LOCAL YOUTH SOAR WITH USU EASTERN DRONE CAMPS
Grade-school students participate in the USU Eastern Drone Camps, 2021.
Organized by the Aggie Drone Academy, the USU Eastern Drone Camps offer 40 grade school students three activity-filled days where they learn about drones and the principles of flight. The program this year was spread across three locations: the Carbon County School District offices, Emery High School and Green River High School.

Campers built gliders, flew fixed-wing drones, piloted drones in a simulator and learned how to use coding to control a quadcopter. At the conclusion of the camp, students piloted drones through an obstacle course and participated in a drone jousting competition. 

“My favorite part of each summer camp is watching the campers learn and grow, especially in the vast world of aviation,” said Shawn Barstow, director of the Aggie Drone Academy. “To see them reach those ‘aha!’ moments and want to learn more is incredible to experience for me and my fellow staff. It’s an absolute pleasure teaching someone about a concept or principle that can help them fulfill their dreams.”
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INERTIAL SENSE
INCREASES PERFORMANCE

Utah-based precision sensor manufacturer Inertial Sense enables engineers to quickly embed autonomous capability into existing equipment without building the capability from scratch. With innovations such as the ability to calculate the current position of moving object by utilizing a comprehensive and proprietary formula, they are on the forefront of getting autonomous vehicles to market faster. Learn more about their capabilities below.

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PAVING THE WAY: NATIONAL PEER EXCHANGE
ICYMI: The Utah Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration co-hosted a two-day interactive virtual peer exchange last week focused on the integration of innovative transportation technologies, including the use of Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). Subject-matter experts from every corner of the industry gathered to provide a glimpse into the future of these cutting-edge technologies. If you were unable to attend or missed a session, watch the recordings by clicking below. 
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FORTEM TECHNOLOGIES SUCCESSFULLY TESTS DRONEHUNTER
Fortem Technologies, a Utah-based defense contractor and leader in airspace security and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, announced that their DroneHunter successfully defeated threat drones during a recent U.S. Army test in Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

“This test is further proof that the Fortem DroneHunter is capable of defeating UAS threats in a rigorous operational environment,” said James Housinger, VP of Program Management at Fortem Technologies. “With full integration into FAAD C2, operators can employ DroneHunter as a defensive weapon against a wide range of small UAS threats." Read more about the company's innovations below.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Reimagining Mobility: Update on UAM & AAM
October 6
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AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense Phase III
October 19-21
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2021 AUVSI Ridge & Valley Conference: Partnerships for Autonomy
October 26-27
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ABOUT DESERET UAS
Deseret UAS is a non-profit corporation created jointly by Tooele and Box Elder Counties, in close partnership with Ogden City. As the premier organization in Utah dedicated to UAM, Deseret UAS provides unparalleled access to several large flight test ranges with miles of wide-open land and air. We offer active commercial UAS/UAM flight test ranges, foster applied research, and provide a centralized source of information on UAM in Utah.
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