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Unlocking the Skies: Oklahoma’s UAS Cluster Initiative

Oklahoma has always had a pioneering spirit deeply ingrained in its history. Today, this spirit takes flight in a new and groundbreaking way through the Oklahoma UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Cluster Initiative. With a clear vision for the future and a dedication to innovation, Oklahoma is positioning itself as a leader in the rapidly evolving world of unmanned aerial technology. This initiative brings together industry leaders, academic institutions, and government agencies to foster innovation and growth in the UAS sector. By creating a collaborative ecosystem, Oklahoma is capitalizing on the synergy between academia and industry, fueling research and development, and advancing the state’s economic prospects.

Oklahoma’s strategic location is a significant advantage for the UAS industry. Its central position in the United States offers easy access to both coasts and positions the state as an ideal testing ground for UAS technologies. The state’s diverse geography, from open plains to bustling urban areas, provides an invaluable backdrop for testing and developing unmanned systems. 

With its favorable regulatory environment and proactive approach to UAS integration, Oklahoma is rapidly becoming a hub for UAS companies. These companies are drawn to the state’s commitment to innovation and the opportunities it presents for research, development and commercialization of cutting-edge UAS technologies.

Oklahoma recognizes that a skilled workforce is essential to the success of the UAS industry. Through partnerships with educational institutions, the state is actively training the next generation of UAS professionals. Students are gaining hands-on experience in designing, building, and operating unmanned systems, ensuring a steady pipeline of talent to support the growing industry. With 87 secondary institutions teaching AOPA Learn to Fly curriculum, as well as several post-secondary institutions teaching a UAS curriculum, and the commitment of the State’s CareerTech program, the UAS Cluster Initiative is not just about innovation: it’s about real-world application. To do this the UAS Cluster initiative seeks to identify the gaps and potential fail points, such as instructor shortages, and support systems. The ultimate goal being to get all of the industry pulling together to create a skilled workforce and provide career paths for people entering that workforce.

Learn more about the initiative at www.uascluster.com.

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