Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

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Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)  

Arlington,  VA 
United States
http://www.robotdirectory.auvsi.org
  • Booth: 2812


Welcome to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019!

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries. AUVSI members work together to drive innovation and grow the market for unmanned systems through advocacy, education, and collaboration. In the U.S., they work closely with the FAA and members of the AUVSI Remote Pilots Council to safely expand permissions to fly for commercial drone operators and to raise the standard of professionalism within the community. Learn more and get involved at www.auvsi.org/why-join-auvsi


 Press Releases

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sep. 5, 2018
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Accepting Speaker Proposals for XPONENTIAL 2019

    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is currently accepting speaker proposals for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. XPONENTIAL is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago from April 29 – May 2, 2019.

    XPONENTIAL 2019 is the largest, most comprehensive trade show and conference in the unmanned systems industry, bringing 8,500 professionals together for three and a half days of information sharing, discussion and debate. More than 700 manufacturers will display cutting-edge technologies, and the educational program will feature 300 speakers participating in 200 sessions covering the latest industry developments.

    AUVSI will accept proposals for technical presentations, open speaking opportunities and poster sessions in the Super Tracks of Technology, Policy and Trending Topics until Friday, Oct. 5. Selected speakers will receive a complimentary pass to participate in the event.

    This year, AUVSI will also introduce the Drone Tech User Track, which will feature a series of sessions dedicated to safely, efficiently and effectively advancing the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Drone Tech User Track is delineated by experience level and will address everything from building a business case for drone use to scaling operations across an enterprise.

    For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.xponential.org, or contact Katie Cooper, AUVSI education specialist, at kcooper@auvsi.org.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Oct. 31, 2018
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    Apply Now for the Startup Showdown Unmanned Systems Technology Competition at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 in Chicago

    Submission deadline is Nov. 30

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Early-stage, disruptive companies that are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications are invited to compete in the Startup Showdown. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is partnering with Starburst Accelerator to host this fourth edition of the event, which will take place at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 30 to May 2 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. During the competition, which will be held in front of a live audience at XPONENTIAL 2019, five finalists will have 10 minutes each to pitch their business to a panel of judges. That will be followed by the judges cross examining each of the companies during a five-minute question and answer session.

    “Year after year, the Startup Showdown has helped discover promising young companies that are developing innovative unmanned systems technology,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “This competition has become an annual tradition at XPONENTIAL and one of the most talked about sessions during the show. AUVSI is pleased to partner with Starburst Accelerator and their experience in identifying and supporting the most promising startups and entrepreneurs in the unmanned systems community.”

    “Starburst is proud to partner with AUVSI,” said Van Espahbodi, Managing Partner of Starburst Accelerator. “XPONENTIAL is an incredible gathering of talent and opportunities. By applying our startup selection process and technology criteria to select the best emerging companies to pitch, we will shine a light on the most promising entrepreneurs making an impact on our sector.”

    For consideration to participate in the Startup Showdown, applicants should meet these criteria:

    • Early-stage startup approaching Series A fundraising
    • Product or service offering should aim to enhance unmanned systems technologies and processes in a unique or distinctive way
    • Demonstrate clear growth potential and scalable investment opportunities
    • Minimum Tech Readiness Level of TRL-5 or -6

    The deadline for interested companies to submit the Startup Showdown Application is Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The application fee is $189 and includes one (1) XPONENTIAL Exhibit Hall Pass (value $329). All applicants will receive a pass regardless of whether they are selected to compete in the Startup Showdown.

    The grand prize is an AUVSI annual membership and several promotional opportunities at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston or another AUVSI conference to help raise a company’s visibility and make connections in the unmanned systems industry. The winner will also be automatically selected to present at one of the upcoming Starburst Accelerator Selection Committees as well as an opportunity to showcase at the annual Starburst Demo Day to meet even more investors.

    Last year’s Startup Showdown winner was Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based company that has developed collision-avoidance technology to enable drones to safely fly beyond visual line of sight. The company was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to participate in three of the UAS Integration Pilot Program projects in the United States. The Iris system will be used to deliver defibrillators in Nevada, survey crops in Kansas and inspect pipelines in Alaska.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

    About Starburst Accelerator
    Starburst Accelerator, the world’s first and only global aerospace accelerator, provides support to startups seeking to commercialize their activities in the aeronautics, defense and space markets. The program acts as a catalyst, linking early-stage companies to a wide network of strategic industry players and potential partners to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough innovations. Through its dedicated venture capital network, Starburst has offices in Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Montreal and San Francisco. Please visit us at www.starburst.aero.

  • For Immediate Release: Nov. 26, 2018
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    TODAY: AUVSI to Host Webinar on Funding Opportunities in Unmanned Systems

    Experienced investors will discuss the funding process for new start-ups in unmanned industry

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar to discuss funding options and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs in the commercial UAS market. The webinar will take place Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at 3 p.m. EST.

    As unmanned capabilities, products and solutions are rapidly evolving, and as new start-ups continue to launch, fundraising options and opportunities can be overwhelming. “Investments, VCs and Incubators: Understanding Funding Opportunities,” sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP, will guide attendees through the investment process and explore strategies to help companies stand out from the crowd.

    The webinar will feature Buddy Arnheim, Partner and Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Co-Chair at Perkins Coie LLP and Van Espahbodi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Starburst, who will share how companies can connect with appropriate funding opportunities.

    Registration for the webinar is complimentary for all who wish to attend. Registration will close on Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. EST. For more information or to register, contact AUVSI@clsstrategies.com.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Nov. 28, 2018
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI to Host Webinar on Emerging Trends in Unmanned Systems

    Industry experts will discuss their predictions for growth in unmanned systems in 2019

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar to discuss the progress made in the unmanned systems industry in 2018 and the industry’s potential growth in the upcoming year. The webinar will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 at 3 p.m. EST.

    Over the last year, unmanned systems have played a more visible and positive role than ever before. However, these accomplishments represent only a small fraction of the industry’s potential. “Trends and Predictions: Preparing the Industry for 2019,” sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP and ClimaCell, will feature representatives from across commercial markets who have used unmanned technology in new ways this year.

    The webinar will feature Ron Stearns, market analyst and robotics and unmanned systems consultant, Shimon Elkabetz, CEO and Co-Founder of ClimaCell, Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer at Zoox and Dan Ridlon, Co-Chair of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems Industry Group at Perkins Coie LLP, who will gauge the industry’s progress to date and predict where the next year will take it.

    Registration for the webinar is complimentary for all who wish to attend. Registration will close on Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. EST. For more information or to register, contact AUVSI@clsstrategies.com.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Dec. 12, 2018
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    Save the Date: Annual FAA UAS Symposium in Baltimore, Feb. 12 to 14, 2019
    Industry and regulatory stakeholders come together to discuss innovation, safety in unmanned aircraft industry

    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will partner with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) to host the fourth annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium from Feb. 12 to 14, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will bring together stakeholders from all sectors to help define the rules and concepts that will govern the future of drone operations.

    At the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium, attendees will examine how industry and regulators are working together to establish partnerships and identify the responsibilities, education and tools needed for safe and successful integration of the national airspace. There will also be sessions on the latest topics in UAS, such as urban air mobility, package delivery and beyond line-of-sight operations.

    WHAT:               FAA UAS Symposium 2019


    WHO:
                     AUVSI and the FAA


    WHEN:              
    Feb. 12 to 14, 2019

    WHERE:              The Baltimore Convention Center

    1 West Pratt Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Registration for the UAS Symposium is now open. For more information and media registration, please visit http://faauas.auvsi.net/mediaregistration.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organiztion dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Jan. 15, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    Call for Entries Opened for 2019 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards
     

    Nominations now open to honor innovators advancing unmanned systems technology, promoting safe operations and improving the human condition

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has opened the call for entries for the second annual AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards. Six new categories have been added to the program to reflect the areas in which unmanned systems technology and solutions are emerging. DJI will again sponsor the Humanitarian Award.

    “Once again, the XCELLENCE Awards will recognize the innovators who are poised to transform our economy, lifestyle and society,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “We look forward to seeing the entries and getting a glimpse of what the future of unmanned systems holds.”
     
    The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards will honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations, and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition. Entries are now being accepted in the following categories:
     
    TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

    • Commercial/Enterprise Operation
    • Communication or Data Connection Solutions
    • Detect & Avoid Solutions
    • Fleet Management Software & Solutions
    • Power Solutions
    • Safety Solutions
    • UAS Mitigation & Security
    • Vision/Camera Systems & Components
    • XCELLENCE in Innovation

    TRAINING & EDUCATION

    • Training & Education Organization
    • Training & Education Professional

    OPERATIONS & SAFETY

    • Operations & Safety Organization
    • Operations & Safety Professional


    AUVSI is also seeking submissions for the Humanitarian Award, which is sponsored by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. The award will recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $25,000 donation divided among their organizations.

    HUMANITARIAN

    •  Humanitarian Project or Program

    “We are proud to partner with AUVSI on bringing the second round of the Humanitarian Awards as it provides a global platform to recognize and reward those at the forefront of harnessing drone technology’s immense value in serving the greater good,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, at DJI. “If these awards inspire one more person to use his or her drone to support a humanitarian cause, save a life or aid in environmental research, that in itself is certainly worth a celebration – and celebrating is exactly what we’ll be doing when we showcase the winners at XPONENTIAL 2019 later this year.”

    The winners in the Technology Innovation, Training and Education, and Operations and Safety categories will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2019 in Chicago on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Solutions Theater in the exhibit hall.
     
    Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will be announced on Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. CDT during the keynote presentation in the Grand Ballroom.
     
    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.

     
    For more information about the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards and XPONENTIAL and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.
     

    About DJI

    DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and other industries. 
     
  • For Immediate Release: Jan. 29, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Show Features

    Annual unmanned systems industry conference will highlight education, networking, live demonstrations, tech showcases and more.

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) will provide opportunities for education, networking, live demonstrations, national and international technological developments and more at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 30 to May 2, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    EDUCATION:

    Drone Tech User Track
    AUVSI is excited to introduce a series of sessions dedicated to safely, efficiently and effectively advancing UAS deployment. Delineated by experience level — Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced — sessions in this Track will address topics such as building a business case, best practices for drone program management, flight operations management, maximizing ROI through data integration and management and more.

    Women and Diversity
    For the last three years, the Women and Diversity in Robotics event has continued to grow, featuring in-depth discussions facilitated by leaders with a wide variety of roles and backgrounds that push attendees to tackle difficult questions and reflect on how we can help increase diversity within our own organizations.

    Public Safety UAS Track
    Building from last year’s success, AUVSI incorporates a two-day Public Safety Track into the XPONENTIAL program. Designed specifically for public safety practitioners, this track offers attendees the opportunity to engage with each other and experts in the field while discussing key issues of interest to the community. Discussions will cover a full range of topics from program implementation to lessons learned to regulatory considerations, and more.

    Co-Located Events
    To provide an in-depth look into specialized topics and solutions in unmanned systems, AUVSI partners with leading organizations to host co-located events. 2019 will feature approximately four co-located events from AGL Media Group, Vertical Flight Society, mdg and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, covering topics from wireless infrastructure to strategic marketing. More information about the co-located events are available at the XPONENTIAL website.

    NETWORKING:

    Take 5
    Making solid connections is the most important aspect of attending XPONENTIAL. During these special events, which take place during a break in the educational sessions, attendees are encouraged to “Take 5” — meet five new people to exchange ideas and best practices or find five good ideas you can take home, or simply take five from all the activity and enjoy a complimentary snack.

    The MAX
    The MAX is a networking event that will take place on Wednesday, May 1, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. CDT in the XPO Hall. There will be food, drinks, entertainment and games and all attendees and exhibitors are invited. This is the biggest networking event at XPONENTIAL allowing for MAXimum connections, exposure and fun.

    XPO HALL:

    Low-Speed Ground Demo
    Visitors will have the opportunity to directly experience and interact with autonomous vehicles, technologies and solutions through static displays. Additionally, visitors can experience a ride-along on a safe and controlled track on the exhibit floor.

    State and International Pavilions and The AUVSI Accelerator
    AUVSI XPONENTIAL will feature partners from all over the world that help showcase the innovation and technological advancements of the unmanned systems industry in their respective states and countries.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics.

    For more information about the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Feb. 8, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Education Tracks

    Annual unmanned systems industry conference showcases leaders on technology, operations and policy to provide real-life knowledge with five education tracks

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) will provide more than 150 educational sessions of programming presented by over 300 speakers at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2,  at McCormick Place in Chicago. All XPONENTIAL sessions will fall into at least one primary track. These tracks will help identify large selections of presentations and discussions addressing broad topics of interest to the unmanned community.

    DRONE TECH USER TRACK
    At XPONENTIAL, AUVSI will introduce a series of sessions dedicated to safely, efficiently and effectively advancing UAS deployment. Delineated by experience level, sessions in this track will address topics from building a business case for the use of drones to scaling operations across an enterprise. The track will also include best practices, skills and competencies from the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program, an industry certification program that represents the consensus of training providers, certifying bodies, remote pilots and enterprise end-users.

    POLICY TRACK
    During these sessions, leaders shaping unmanned systems regulation and policy for unmanned aircraft, automated vehicles and maritime systems relay the information that matters to businesses. With dedicated panel discussions, tailored presentations and numerous opportunities to connect, attendees will emerge from XPONENTIAL armed with the most up-to-date insights from key regulators and policy makers.

    PUBLIC SAFETY UAS TRACK
    This two-day track of programming offers public safety practitioners the opportunity to engage with each other and experts in the field while discussing key issues of interest to the community. Experienced emergency responders and public safety veterans will lead insightful panel sessions and stand-alone presentations.

    TECHNOLOGY TRACK
    These curated sessions designed for engineers, developers, technologists and researchers will provide the latest technology trends and advancements impacting unmanned systems and robotics, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, payload advancements as well as software and hardware developments. Attendees will discover how advanced capabilities can fit within their technology roadmap, research and development initiatives, and business strategies.

    TRENDING TOPICS TRACK
    This track will address the industry’s fastest growing markets and top technology trends from the latest research and updates on emerging applications to state-of-the-art developments in technology areas like blockchain and artificial intelligence. There will be presentations by leaders who are pushing the envelope by tackling the industry’s most difficult challenges while highlighting near-term opportunities. 


    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.

     
    Media registration for XPONENTIAL 2019 is open. For more information , visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Feb. 12, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Co-located Events


    Leading organizations to offer in-depth insight into specialized topics on the unmanned systems industry 


    ARLINGTON, Va. — Organizations focused on wireless infrastructure, autonomous vertical flight, drone ports, marketing solutions, weather and other aspects of unmanned aircraft systems will partner with the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) to host informational and educational events co-located at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2,  at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    CO-LOCATED EVENTS

    AGL SUMMIT
    The AGL Summit will offer high-quality education to wireless infrastructure professionals while exploring topics including FCC regulations, in-building wireless and drone data in tower surveys on Wednesday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

    AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT FOR TOMORROW – TECHNOLOGY LEADERS IN VERTICAL FLIGHT
    The Vertical Flight Society presents a special interactive panel with top innovation leaders from Uber, Aurora Flight Sciences, Bell and Sikorsky to discuss the latest in autonomous vertical flight for manned and unmanned aircraft on Monday, Apr. 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

    DRONEPORT SEMINAR: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL IN YOUR COMMUNITY

    Discover how droneports are creating an epicenter for regional UAS activities and providing companies the airspace to fly drones safely. Learn from industry leaders and visionaries about how droneports are already serving several communities. Monday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

    STRATEGIC MARKETING WORKSHOP: GET YOUR BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND
    As drone businesses grow and enter nearly every industry, it can be difficult to set oneself apart in an increasingly competitive market. The Strategic Marketing Workshop will offer a tutorial of how to elevate and promote one’s business on Wednesday, May from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CDT.

    UAS WEATHER FORUM
    The UAS Weather Forum provides a platform to share experiences with expected and unexpected weather impacts, engage in a dialogue about weather needs for UAS operations and assist regulators with safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system on Monday, Apr. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CDT.


    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.


    For more information about XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Speakers

    Leaders in the unmanned systems industry across different markets, such as energy, public safety, aviation and more, will be featured as speakers at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019.

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) will showcase leaders in the unmanned systems industry at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2,  at McCormick Place in Chicago. High-ranking professionals from across a variety of vertical business markets will speak on issues, strategies and solutions.

    Participants are thought leaders working in government, such as Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics; and commercial organizations, including Bell, Shell, Rio Tinto Kennecott, Sinclair Broadcast Group, GoFly, Outlier Ventures, Florida Power and Light Company, Intel, DJI and AT&T.

    Attendees at XPONENTIAL 2019 can expect to gain actionable insight on the role of unmanned systems in range of industries, including energy, mining, telecommunications, cinema, public safety, business and data

    AUVSI will showcase the following speakers at XPONENTIAL 2019:

    • SCOTT DRENNAN, Vice President, Innovation, Bell, “Urban Air Mobility: Overcoming the Hype and Making UAM a Reality” on Tuesday, Apr. 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room S402a as a part of the Trending Topics Education Track.

    • RICHARD EVA, Aviation Advisor, Shell Aircraft, “From Starting to Scaling: User Perspectives on Building a UAS Program” on Tuesday, April 30 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in room S401bc as a part of the Drone Tech User – Intermediate Education track.
    • MARK HARRIS, Principal Engineer, Rio Tinto - Kennecott Copper, “From Starting to Scaling: User Perspectives on Building a UAS Program” on Tuesday, April 30 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in room S401bc as a part of the Drone Tech User – Intermediate Education Track.
    • MATT VARNEY, UAS Program Manager, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, “Law Enforcement and Fire Service Perspectives: Implementing UAS into Your Operations” on Monday, April 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room S403ab as a part of the Public Safety Education Track.
    • JEFF ROSE, UAS Chief Pilot, Sinclair Broadcast Group, “Drone Operations in Broadcasting and Cinema” on Thursday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room S401bc as a part of the Drone Tech User – Intermediate Education Track.
    • GWEN LIGHTER, Founder and CEO, GoFly, “Urban Air Mobility: Overcoming the Hype and Making UAM a Reality” on Tuesday, April 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room S402a as a part of the Trending Topics Education Track.
    • RUMI MORALES, Partner, Outlier Ventures, “Women and Diversity in Robotics” on Tuesday, April 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room S401abc as a part of the Special Features lineup.
    • ERIN SCHWARTZ, Lead Quality Deployment Leader, Florida Power and Light Company, “From Starting to Scaling: User Perspectives on Building a UAS Program” on Tuesday, April 30 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in room S401bc as a part of the Drone Tech User – Intermediate Education Track.
    • ANIL NANDURI, Vice President, Intel Drone Group, Intel, “Data Exploitation and Collaboration Across the Enterprise” on Wednesday, May 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room S401d as a part of the Drone Tech User – Advanced Education Track.
    • ROMEO DURSCHER, Director of Public Safety Integration, DJI, “UAS in Public Safety: Where are we Today and What's the Future Like?” on Wednesday, May 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room S403ab as a part of the Public Safety Education Track.
    • ROBERT HALL, Principal Investigator, AT&T Labs Research, “The Geocast Air Operations Framework: Combining Multi-Tier Resilient Communications with Onboard Autonomy” on Tuesday, Apr. 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room S404a as a part of the Technology Education Track.  

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics.

    For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Mar. 1, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Announces Date for Unmanned Systems—Defense. Protection. Security. (USDPS) Event

    AUVSI will host an unmanned systems event focused on defense, protection and security.

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host an unmanned systems event to unite military leadership, defense experts and the supply chain serving those markets. The Unmanned Systems—Defense. Protection. Security. (USDPS) event will explore how unmanned and autonomous systems are reshaping the landscape of military and intelligence operations and what that means for procurement, technology development and inter-agency collaboration. AUVSI USDPS will take place on Aug. 20 to 21, 2019 at Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

    USDPS is designed to foster conversations between government representatives and industry. Breakout sessions offer the opportunity to learn from decision-makers on critical issues, including DOD acquisition, artificial intelligence and autonomy.

    For the first time at USDPS, AUVSI has arranged roundtable luncheon discussions that provide a forum to make new connections, share ideas and gain valuable insights into what’s next for defense unmanned systems. During these interactive discussions attendees will delve into industry issues, technology trends and service specific program questions.

    Registration to attend USDPS is complimentary for military and DOD personnel. For more information about USDPS, please visit http://www.thedefenseshow.org.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Mar. 6, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI to Host Webinar on Launching a Start-up

    Investment expert will navigate listeners in building a successful technology company

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar to discuss building and sustaining a startup. The webinar will take place Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. EST.

    With emerging industries, such as unmanned systems, there has traditionally been a rise in entrepreneurs determined in building a successful technology company. “Launching Your Start-up: Moving from Seed to Series A,” which is sponsored by Robotics Business Review, will feature a discussion on moving from an idea to a sustainable company. The webinar will also preview companies that will compete in the Startup Showdown at XPONENTIAL 2019 in Chicago.

    The webinar will feature Marco Rubin, Senior Investment Director of Center For Innovative Technology, who will provide insight into the financial foundation needed to sustain startups.

    Registration for the webinar is complimentary for AUVSI members and the media, and $49 for nonmembers. Registration will close on Mar. 13 at 11 a.m. EST. For more information or media registration, contact AUVSI@clsstrategies.com.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Mar. 7, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    Five Finalists Named for AUVSI Startup Showdown

    Companies to compete for $35,000 grand prize at XPONENTIAL 2019

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has named five startup companies as finalists in the AUVSI Startup Showdown powered by Starburst and has invited them to compete on stage at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago on Wednesday, May 1 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

    The competition, produced in partnership with leading global aerospace accelerator and investor Starburst, identifies up-and-coming, investment-worthy startups and gives them a platform to share their innovations with investors and organizations looking to form profitable connections with the next generation of game-changers.

    These are the finalists that will participate in the competition:

    • Cuberg, a graduate research company based in California and focused on battery redesign addressing the major challenges of lithium-ion battery technology.
    • Hionos, a Paris-based company that has developed an autopilot system to enable drone use in critical operations.
    • Horizon 31, a Tennessee-based business providing an unmanned vehicle communication system that allows global control, multiple vehicle control, network latency tolerance and security.
    • Internest, also based in Paris, designed and developed an embedded system based on hardware and firmware to assist and improve flight safety for drones and helicopters in critical operations.
    • PreVision, a company based in New York that has developed Live Imagery Maps in Time (LIMIT), which allows users to see the world live in 3-D from any angle or perspective.

    Each participating company will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of industry leaders and an audience of unmanned systems professionals. A five-minute live question and answer session with the judges will follow. The grand prize winner will receive a package consisting of goods and services valued at $35,000.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics.

    Complimentary registration is provided to the media. For more information, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or (571) 255-7786. For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

    About Starburst Accelerator
    Starburst Accelerator, the world’s first and only global aerospace accelerator, provides support to startups seeking to commercialize their activities in the aeronautics, defense and space markets. The program acts as a catalyst, linking early-stage companies to a wide network of strategic industry players and potential partners to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough innovations. Through its dedicated venture capital network, Starburst has offices in Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Montreal and San Francisco. Please visit us at www.starburst.aero.

  • For Immediate Release: March 19, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Launches TOP Directory of Certified UAS Operators

    Find a certified drone pilot for business applications

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released the TOP Directory, a list of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators who have gained certification through one of the first certified partner organizations that participate in AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP).


    The TOP provides training that is in addition to the aeronautical knowledge test needed to obtain a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. With a TOP certification, remote pilots operating UAS have a higher level of knowledge, flight proficiency, training, safety and risk management practices. The TOP Directory enables companies and organizations to search for a certified TOP operator on the AUVSI website to fulfill their specific business applications.

    AUVSI has worked with industry experts to create the TOP to ensure that remote pilot training conforms to industry standards and supporting trust and acceptance of the use of UAS around the world. TOP is a professional UAS community initiative aimed at supporting accepted remote pilot standards and protocols, which will result in the safe and sustainable advancement of the industry.  

    The pipeline of remote pilots and organizations working towards TOP certification is growing rapidly. The initial TOP Directory includes nearly 40 operators in 19 states and the United Kingdom. They have been certified by one of four training providers that were approved by one of two certification bodies that have been authorized by AUVSI.

    “Fundamentally, there has been disparity in the levels of remote pilot performance due to the lack of uniform training standards delivered by UAS training providers,” said Tracy Lamb, Vice President of Regulatory and Safety Affairs and Chief Pilot at AUVSI. “This verification in a pilot’s ability, and the training organization’s capacity and commitment to formal safety frameworks, offers the industry’s ‘end users’ or customers assurance of safety, competence and reliability. This is the heart of the TOP value proposition.”

    With the launch of the TOP Directory, end users can now search for a certified TOP Operator online at https://www.auvsi.org/topoperator.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: April 1, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Names AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards Finalists
     

    Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL in Chicago on April 30 and May 2

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) today  named the finalists for the second annual XCELLENCE Awards. The awards recognize the accomplishments by companies, organizations and individuals across the unmanned systems community. The winners will be announced during the award ceremonies on Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CDT and Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CDT at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    "The rapid growth of the unmanned systems industry is reshaping our future by expanding business markets, providing consumers with innovative solutions and even saving lives," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. "The XCELLENCE awards recognize companies and individuals who are achieving remarkable results with unmanned systems technology to benefit our communities.”
     
    The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards will honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition. These are the finalists in those categories:

    TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

    Commercial/Enterprise Operation

    • Flyability, Elios - The Indoor UAS for High-Dose Areas
    • GBA, Eyes In The Sky Perform Bridge Delamination Assessment
    • Impossible Aerospace, Impossible US-1
    • Loveland Innovations, IMGING
    • Propeller, Propeller Software Platform

    Communication or Data Connection Solutions

    • MilSource, MILTECH 907
    • OFS, µlinx® Fiber Optic Cable
    • Persistent Systems LLC, Wave Relay® Mobile Ad Hoc Network
    • Simulyze, Inc., Mission Insight™

    Detect & Avoid Solutions

    • Auterion, Auterion PX4 Avoidance
    • Buffalo Automation, AutoMate
    • Iris Automation, Casia
    • Kongsberg Geospatial, IRIS UAS Fleet Control Station
    • NASA, Independent Configurable Architecture for Reliable Operations of Unmanned Systems (ICAROUS)

    Fleet Management Software & Solutions

    • Auterion, Auterion Insights
    • AutonomouStuff, Platform Fleet
    • Consortiq, CQNet: Drone Operations Management Solution
    • Kittyhawk IO, Kittyhawk Drone Operations for Enterprise

    Power Solutions

    • Alta Devices, New Solar Technology Product
    • Global Energy Transmission Co., GET Air 12 Kilowatt Power Cloud and In-Air Drone Charging System
    • SolidEnergy Systems, Lithium Metal Batteries
    • Top Flight Technologies, Inc., Patented Micro Hybrid-Electric UAV Power System
    • Unmanned Systems and Solutions, LLC, Long Endurance Aerial Platform (LEAP)

    Safety Solutions

    • AirMap, AirMap Real-Time Geofencing Alerts
    • Auterion, Auterion Operating System for Enterprise Drones
    • Fluidity Technologies, FT Aviator Drone Flight Controller
    • ParaZero, SafeAir System
    • UASidekick, UASidekick

    UAS Mitigation & Security

    • Airspace, Galaxy
    • Ascent Vision Technologies, XMADIS
    • DroneALERT, DroneALERT
    • WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc., DroneFox Mobile

    Vision/Camera Systems & Components

    • Arbe, Phoenix Radar System
    • Delta Digital Video, Model 7805R H.265 HD/SD Video Encoder
    • Luminell Drone Light AS, DL Series
    • Velodyne Lidar, Alpha Puck
    • Xsens, Xsens MTi 600-series

    XCELLENCE in Innovation

    • Cepton Technologies, Inc., SORA 200
    • Fortem Technologies, Fortem SkyDome
    • Intel Corporation, Intel Drone Light Shows
    • RIEGL USA, RIEGL VUX-240
    • WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc., WISDM

    OPERATIONS & SAFETY

    Operations & Safety Organization

    • AES Corporation, Striving for Safety Excellence with Global Drone Program
    • Kansas Department of Transportation, KDOT UAS Safety Risk Management Program
    • NASA, NASA Langley UAS Operations Office
    • Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper, Mining Safety Improvements by Implementing UAS

    TRAINING & EDUCATION

    Training & Education Organization

    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gaetz Aerospace Institute
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, ERAU-W UAS Program
    • Flying Lion, Inc., Commercial Drone Pilot Training Program
    • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus UAS, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus UAS Program
    • SkyOp, SkyOp STEM Education Program

    Training & Education Professional

    • Barry J. Brennan, President & Founder, Flying Lion, Inc.
    • Jeff Hemming, President, Carolina Drone Academy
    • Patrick “Lucidity” Sherman,  Commercial Drone Operator, Trainer and Educator, Roswell Flight Test Crew

    Finalists were also named for the Humanitarian Award, which is sponsored by DJI. These awards will recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $25,000 donation divided among their organizations. These are the finalists for the Humanitarian Awards:
     
    HUMANITARIAN
     
    Humanitarian Project/Program

    • Aidronix, Scaling Access to Care in Rural Mexico via Digital Health, Telemedicine and Drone
    • AVERPAS, AVERPAS
    • NASA / MIT, Search and Rescue Under the Canopy (SARUC)
    • North Carolina Department of Transportation, NCDOT Hurricane Florence Response
    • Project Lifesaver International, PLI Indago UAV Program
    • Swoop Aero, Vaccine and Health Supply Delivery In Vanuatu
    • The Ocean Cleanup, Remote Sensing of Buoyant Ocean Plastics
    • Zipline International, Zipline Medical Drone Delivery Service

    “For the second year, we are glad to see the width and depth of UAVs’ embracement expanding across more industries – from public health, search and rescue, to disaster response and environmental protection – as demonstrated by the submissions we’ve seen from this program,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, at DJI. “It is not easy for the judges to select these eight finalists from a pool of remarkable submissions, and we look forward to the winners’ announcement on May 2.  Aside from recognizing and rewarding those outstanding organizations and individuals who use drones to serve good purposes, we hope this opportunity could encourage more ground-breaking humanitarian efforts around the globe.”

    The winners in the Technology Innovation, Training & Education and Operations & Safety categories will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2019 on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Solutions Theater in the exhibit hall.
     
    Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will be announced on Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. CDT during the keynote presentation in the Arie Crown Theater.
     
    As the unmanned systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between.


    For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

    About DJI

    DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in emergency response, filmmaking, construction, inspection, agriculture, conservation and other industries.

  • For Immediate Release: Apr. 04, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    XPONENTIAL 2019 to Showcase Drones, Robotic Activity in Illinois

    Illinois-based organizations will highlight latest in unmanned and autonomous technology at XPONENTIAL show in Chicago

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) will host its annual trade show XPONENTIAL 2019 on April 29 to May 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago. XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, will showcase more than 150 sessions of educational programming and 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world, including several Illinois-based companies using unmanned systems.

    In recent years, interest in the various uses and applications of drones, robotics and other unmanned systems technologies in Illinois has taken off. Companies and institutions have been researching, testing and benefitting from the technology throughout the state. Across different industries, Illinois-based organizations are using unmanned systems to advance their businesses and operations.

    Below are some of the organizations in Illinois using unmanned technology that will be featured at XPONENTIAL:

    AUTONOMOUSTUFF
    Based in Morton, AutonomouStuff is a leading supplier of R&D platforms, products, software and engineering services for the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. The company services an international customer base, working with the automotive tool chain (OEMs, tier 1s, etc.), universities, military contractors, agriculture customers, mining OEMs, and startup companies. AutonomouStuff will exhibit at XPONENTIAL at Booth 2423.

    COMMONWEALTH EDISON

    In 2015, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) became the first electric utility company to be authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to operationally use UAS. As the largest electric utility in Illinois, servicing 70 percent of the state’s population, ComEd has said UAS help them to better perform assessments. UAS program manager Brian Cramer, who will be attending XPONENTIAL, says attending the show benefits ComEd because “[p]resentations about accomplishments over the last year are valuable. Information about new technology, hardware, and software is also really important to stay on top of things.” 

    DRAXXON
    DRAXXON, based in McLeansboro, is a leading manufacturer of UAS Mobile Command Centers in a variety of designs for multiple applications such as public safety, oil and gas, energy providers and more. Their DX Series platforms bring a new level of situational awareness to any UAS operation. DRAXXON will be exhibiting at XPONENTIAL at Booth 2505.

    EARTHSENSE
    As a part of their revolutionary technology for the agricultural industry, Champaign-based EarthSense will demonstrate their TerraSentia agricultural robot driving autonomously through rows of corn plants. TerraSentia and its machine-vision algorithms deliver a unique, under-canopy data-set to farmers, agronomists and crop scientists. EarthSense will be participating in the Low-speed Ground Demo at XPONENTIAL and exhibiting at Booth 221.

    FUTABA
    Based in Schaumburg, Futaba has been a world leading manufacturer of Radio Control products since 1962. Since that time, Futaba has continuously expanded its product line-up, function, quality and performance. Today, Futaba offers a full range of high quality, standard and custom servo actuators and high-performance gas-powered engines for UAV/UAS applications. Futaba will be exhibiting at XPONENTIAL at Booth 2038.

    LEWIS UNIVERSITY

    Lewis University, based in Romeoville, operates the longest running aviation program in the state of Illinois. Since its founding in 1932, Lewis University has provided students with the education they need to work in up-and-coming fields, such as unmanned systems. Lewis University will be exhibiting at XPONENTIAL at Booth 3641.

    MICROLINK DEVICES, INC.

    Headquartered in Niles, MicroLink Devices specializes in the production of advanced multi-junction solar cells and arrays for space, UAV and terrestrial use. Flexible solar sheets manufactured specifically for use on UAV and HALE platforms have industry-leading areal powers in excess of 350 W/m2 and specific powers of greater than 1300 W/kg - all in a packaged product. MicroLink Devices will be exhibiting at XPONENTIAL at Booth 518.

    VALQARI
    Chicago-based, Valqari provides industry solutions with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox that provides a secure and convenient delivery receptacle for unmanned package deliveries. Their patented universal and agnostic drone receptacle will facilitate automated delivery and ensure a seamless integration and communication with any drone. Valqari will exhibit at XPONENTIAL at Booth 721.

    STATE FARM

    Headquartered in Bloomington, State Farm is currently researching and testing how drones can be used for various insurance practices. The company’s RED Labs lead these efforts and look into other ways drone technology can benefit customers and help first responders. The insurance company became the first in the United States to receive a national waiver from the FAA that allows it to conduct UAS operations over people and flights beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight. Executive Mike Fields will have a speaking role at XPONENTIAL 2019.


    For more information about XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Announces Keynote Speakers for XPONENTIAL 2019

    Experts from government and industry will share insights on how unmanned systems technology, policy, operational developments and market trends are shaping the future.

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) announced today keynote speakers who will lead conversations about how unmanned systems are shaping the future at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    Thought leaders will present keynotes devoted to themes essential to moving the industry forward by focusing on progress, execution and vision. Attendees will take away actionable insight and key knowledge that can be used to elevate their businesses from these speakers and topics:

    Tuesday, April 30: The Power of Progress
    The opening keynote session will highlight the idea of progress in the unmanned systems industry. From regulation to technical advancement and starting businesses to scaling operations, thought leaders will discuss how innovation requires participation. The keynote will assess the current status of the industry in terms of technology, operations, regulation and the progress being made to further unmanned and autonomous systems with perspectives delivered from industry leaders and technology visionaries.

    • Opening Remarks by Brian Wynne, President and Chief Executive Officer, AUVSI
    • Michael Chasen, Chief Executive Officer, PrecisionHawk
    • Dan Lyons, Acclaimed journalist, best-selling author and hit-comedy screenwriter
    • Anil Nanduri, Vice President and General Manager, Drone Group, Intel
    • Eric Schwartz, Head of Drone Program, Florida Power and Light

    Wednesday, May 1: The Power of Execution
    From drone flights over people to increased autonomy for defense ground vehicles, keynote speakers during Wednesday’s session will address the prime opportunity for cross-pollination of information and ideas across industries, domains and market verticals.

    • David J. Albritton, President, General Motors Defense LLC
    • Carl Burleson, Acting Deputing Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
    • Mike Fields, Innovation Executive, State Farm

    Thursday, May 2: The Power of Seeing What’s Next
    With a focus on the future, Thursday’s keynote speaker will address where the industry is headed, while also discussing important challenges facing future progress. A Blue Ribbon Panel of aviation experts will discuss the timely and critical issue of incursions by unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at our nation’s airports and how best to mitigate this threat. Finally, the top five finalists for the prestigious AUVSI XCELLENCE Award for humanitarian and philanthropic missions, sponsored by DJI, will also be announced during the session. Additionally, for every person who attends the Day 3 Keynote, AUVSI will donate $2 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

    Industry Keynote:

    • Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company

    Blue Ribbon Panel on UAS Mitigation at Airports:

    • Michael Huerta, Former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
    • Matt Cornelius, Executive Vice President, Airports Council International - North America
    • Lee Moak, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Moak Group

    Humanitarian Awards:

    • Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, DJI

    The program host for this year’s show will be Travis Mason, Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Certification Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus.

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics.

    For more information about the featured speakers and XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org.
     

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: April 16, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI Submits Comments on FAA Rulemakings for Operations Over People, Safe and Secure Operations

    Industry calls for a data-driven, performance-based approach to UAS regulations;
    urges FAA to move quickly with remote ID rulemaking

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) says the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rules for operating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people and for safe and secure small UAS operations are too restrictive and do not consider the safety or societal benefits of the technology. In comments submitted to the FAA, AUVSI also urges the agency to adopt rules for flying UAS at night and requiring the use of remote identification.

    “The FAA has taken a prescriptive approach to these two proposed regulations, which are overly conservative and too restrictive,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Existing data and emerging UAS capabilities and applications should instead guide rulemaking and help advance the commercial use of unmanned systems.”

    In the filing for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Operations of Small UAS over People, AUVSI advocates for the FAA to take a two-step approach. First, enact a revised framework that provides certainty for operators, such as safety compliance based on relevant standards and aircraft reliability, and permits operations over moving vehicles.

    Second, the agency should develop new, performance-based regulations that more appropriately account for the low risks posed by UAS operations, backed by available data. AUVSI points to the success of a data-driven approach in the NPRM that would enable routine operations at night, which drew from experience gained during the Part 107 waiver process. AUVSI supports the provision to allow night time operations, along with proposed requirements for anti-collision lighting and flight training.

    Similarly, AUVSI’s comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for Safe and Secure Operations of Small UAS caution the FAA to avoid imposing prescriptive requirements or adopting rules in the absence of specific concepts of operation. AUVSI notes the proposed rules for stand-off distances, payloads and system redundancy could have unintended consequences for commercial operators, such as increasing density of aircraft traffic or moving over sensitive areas, adding weight, complexity, and cost, and hindering the development of legitimate UAS operations.

    AUVSI also tells regulators of supporting the testing and development of a robust Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system that is ultimately compatible with air traffic control (ATC). Although the UTM system should be a priority for the FAA, AUVSI says, full implementation should not be a prerequisite for additional expanded operations. AUVSI adds that for a UTM system to be successful and efficient, all UAS must be equipped with technology that enables them to be remotely identified during flight.

    AUVSI further stresses in each comment the importance of proceeding with rulemaking for Remote ID, which has been long delayed and was recently delayed further.

    “The adoption of these rules has already been delayed at least two years, and the FAA has made clear that even the rules now proposed in the NPRM will not take effect until the issues associated with remote identification of UAS in flight…are solved,” AUVSI says. “Any additional delay beyond what is strictly necessary in permitting operations over people will needlessly hinder the development of the UAS industry.”

    AUVSI’s full comments on the NPRM can be found here, and its comments on the ANPRM can be found here.

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    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit www.AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: Apr. 23, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    XPONENTIAL 2019 to Host the Inaugural Americas Summit in Chicago
     

    The first co-located event conducted in English and Spanish explores drone industry development across the Americas.

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host the Americas Summit at XPONENTIAL 2019 on Tuesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT at McCormick Place in Chicago. The inaugural Americas Summit is produced by Asociación Profesionales de Drones (APD) and will be conducted in English and Spanish. This first of its kind summit will feature thought leaders from across the continents with expertise in unmanned systems inspection, security, regulation and business. There will be four panel discussions and two featured speakers.

    The first panel, “Inspection and Security in LATAM,” will focus on inspection and security and feature the following experts:

    • Angela Jacques, Director, APD Mexico (moderator)
    • Juan Bergelund, Director, APD Peru
    • Martín Martín, Director, APD Argentina, Drones VIP
    • Catalina González, Director, SIA Colombia; Partner-Founder, Transcender Consulting and Training

    Tracy Lamb, Vice President of Regulatory and Safety Affairs and Chief Pilot at AUVSI, will follow with a presentation on UAS regulation and the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP).

    The second panel, “Regulatory Challenges in LATAM/North America,” will focus on the regulatory challenges in North and Latin America. Jorge Valenzuela, Co-founder and Director of Operations and Logistics at APD LATAM, will moderate the panel and discussion will be led by Leonor Coco, Co-founder of APD and Business Director at APD LATAM, and Tom McMahon, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations at AUVSI.

    The third panel, “Connecting the Drone Industry to the Final Client,” will focus on the keys to success in delivering products to customers across markets. Martin Martin, President of APD Argentina, Angela Jacques, President of APD México and Co-founder of FPV Racing Mexico and Think-Air; and Javier Caina, Director of Technical Standards at DJI San Francisco will lead this discussion. Pablo Heredia, President of APD Latinoamérica and APD Colomobia, will moderate.

    The final panel, “UAV Business Perspectives in Latin America,” will forecast drone business operations, in all domains, for the short and long term. Daniel Conde, Co-founder of APD and Business Director at APD LATAM; and Camilo Gonzalez, Senior Regional Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, will lead this discussion. The panel will be moderated by Juan Bergelund, President at APD Peru, WeRobotics Peru and UAV del Peru.

    The event will conclude with a discussion lead by Pablo Heredia, Director of APD LATAM on the “APD – SIGUAS UAS Management Integral System,” highlighting how an integrated system can be used to generate better, higher quality products for the end customer.

    For more information about the Americas Summit, XPONENTIAL 2019 and to register, visit xponential.org. 

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    About AUVSI


    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit AUVSI.org.

    About APD

    The Drone Professional Association (APD) is the main non-profit Drone-oriented organization in Latin America. APD’s mission is: to be the voice, represent, promote and defend Pilots, Technicians and Professionals that implement RPAS/Drone Technology for scientific, academic, social and commercial activities. APD started its operations in Colombia, and is currently present in six countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru. For more information, visit APD.ong.

  • For Immediate Release: April 24, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    AUVSI and Airports Council International-North America to Announce Industry Initiative for UAS Mitigation at XPONENTIAL 2019

    CHICAGO – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. CDT to announce a new industry initiative related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) mitigation and incursions around airports. The news conference will take place at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. It will preview the initiative and announce next steps. 

    WHAT:                News Conference on UAS Mitigation and Airport Incursions

    WHO:                  Brian Wynne, President and CEO, AUVSI

                      Kevin Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA

    WHEN:                Tuesday, April 30, 2019

                                   11:00 a.m. CDT


    WHERE:              McCormick Place

                                   Room S101A

                                   2301 S King Dr.

                                   Chicago, IL 60616

    Complimentary registration for XPONENTIAL 2019 is provided to the media. For more information or to register, contact Tom McMahon at tmcmahon@auvsi.org or visit www.xponential.org.

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    About ACI-NA

    Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org.

    About AUVSI

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit www.AUVSI.org.

  • For Immediate Release: May 10, 2019
    Contact:
    Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786

    PreVision Wins AUVSI Startup Showdown

    Prize awarded to startup company demonstrating technological innovation at XPONENTIAL 2019

     
    ARLINGTON, Va. — PreVision, a New York-based developer of 3-D mapping systems, is the grand prize winner of this year’s Startup Showdown by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The competition among five finalists of innovative unmanned technologies and applications was held last week at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 in Chicago.

    PreVision received an award package of goods and services valued at $35,000. The company was recognized for its Live Imagery Maps in Time (LIMIT) technology, which enables users to see the world live in 3-D from any angle or perspective. According to PreVision, for immediate situation awareness, LIMIT users gain prevision, or the ability to see in advance, to predict or forecast, and to understand or foreknow.

    Judges were given 10-minute pitches from five finalists – Cuberg, Hionos, Horizon 31, Internest and PreVision – followed by a five-minute live question and answer session. Judging the competition were Buddy Arnheim, partner at Perkins Coie; Sean Murphy, senior engineer/UAS program director at T-Mobile; Beckett Jackson, investing director at Boeing HorizonX; Marco Rubin, senior investment director at the Center for Innovative Technology; and Betsy Ziegler, CEO at 1871.

    The AUVSI Startup Showdown, powered by leading accelerator and investor Starburst, identifies up-and-coming, investment-worthy startups. The competition gives them a platform to share their innovations with investors and corporates looking to form profitable connections with the next generation of game-changers.

    “Starburst is proud to partner with AUVSI,” said Van Espahbodi, Managing Partner of Starburst Accelerator. “XPONENTIAL is an incredible gathering of talent and opportunities. By applying our startup selection process and technology criteria to select the best emerging companies to pitch, we will shine a light on the most promising entrepreneurs making an impact on our sector.”

    As the unmanned systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between. XPONENTIAL 2020 will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 4 to 7, 2020.


    For more information about the AUVSI Startup Showdown and XPONENTIAL, visit xponential.org.

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    About AUVSI
    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit 
    AUVSI.org.

    About Starburst Accelerator
    Starburst Accelerator, the world’s first and only global aerospace accelerator, provides support to startups seeking to commercialize their activities in the aeronautics, defense and space markets. The program acts as a catalyst, linking early-stage companies to a wide network of strategic industry players and potential partners to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough innovations. Through its dedicated venture capital network, Starburst has offices in Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Montreal and San Francisco. Please visit us at www.starburst.aero.


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