Don't Count Out Large UAS in the Commercial UAS Game: Recent Advances in Large UAS Platforms, Technology, and Capabilities for Commercial Use

  • Room: C140
Wednesday, May 10, 2017: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Andrew Thurling
Chief Technology Officer
Brandon Suarez
Technical Director, UAS Civil Airspace Integration
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Davis Hackenberg
UAS Integration in the NAS
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Doug Davis
Director of Airworthiness
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Peter McNall
Manager, Strategic Business Development (FAA, DHS, NASA)
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


While the focus of the commercial UAS industry over the past several years has been on small UAS, substantial progress has been made towards commercializing large UAS/RPAS. The FAA and industry have completed significant work for large UAS operated by DOD, NASA and DHS, but the focus now should be on routine, large-scale operations by commercial operators. These government agencies conduct daily missions over extended ranges over both terrestrial and maritime domains without incident, proving that large UAS operations can be done safely in the NAS. Major advances and investments in UAS specific technologies, such as Detect and Avoid and datalinks requirements are yielding success. Members of this panel will discuss recent advances in commercial large UAS platforms, UAS specific technology, and the future capabilities being developed today. The discussion will cross industry, research organizations, and the stakeholder community.


Who Should Attend

Stakeholder community interested in large UAS