NASA and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are partnering to cosponsor the 2015 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Convention: A New Era in Aviation, July 28-30, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Convention speakers include­­ NASA and Federal Aviation Administration executives, as well as industry thought leaders, innovators and stakeholders. Exhibits and flight demonstrations will feature the latest developments in unmanned aerial systems technology and how it will impact the future of low-altitude flight.

“As technology continues to revolutionize aeronautics, we are seeing an increased need to highlight the growing potential that lies in the use of unmanned aerial systems at low altitudes,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. “Today, we see the need to establish a safe low altitude unmanned aerial traffic management system. Bringing together a broad spectrum of people interested in UAS technology will help us develop a well-coordinated plan that will guide us in the future.” 

Participants will include representatives from the UAS community, agriculture, film and other industries, conventional aviation, government and academia. Attendees will discuss the latest developments in unmanned aerial systems technology, solutions for privacy concerns and issues, safety and security, and the future impact of low-altitude flight on the emerging business sector. Sessions and demonstrations will examine the crossover between research, development and air traffic management, and highlight the latest issues, advancements and opportunities in the aviation industry. 

“This convention affords a wonderful opportunity for UAS companies to meet and partner with users and government agencies,” said Jesse Kallman, president of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI and director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at Airware. “As all areas of low-altitude use of unmanned aerial vehicles are explored, the convention will create new opportunities for collaboration among next generation aerial systems companies.” 

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