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  • UAS Commericalization Industry Conference Registration FormUAS Commericalization Industry Conference Registration Form
    Download the 2015 Attendee Registration and submit your form to Don't forget to add your Customer Code in the MAC field if you have one!
  • A Look at WhoA Look at Who's Already Signed Up to Attend
    Military, VPs, Presidents & Directors leading up some of the nation’s most cutting-edge Unmanned Aerial Systems programs have already signed up to join us at the upcoming conference this June 23-25 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Who Will Attend the Summit?Who Will Attend the Summit?
    The UAS Commercialization Summit brings together companies and organizations that want to derive business value from UAVs. After running similar events aimed at the defense industry, we’ve started this event due to the increasing interest in commercial applications. This snapshot includes a list of job titles and sectors that we expect to attend along with companies that have attended our previous events.
  • Convince Your Boss LetterConvince Your Boss Letter
    Present your boss with this customizable letter detailing the reasons why you should attend the upcoming conference and you'll be sure to receive approval to attend. 

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  • Industry Perspectives Report - Part TwoIndustry Perspectives Report - Part Two
    This is the second part in the series showcasing experts who will join us at the conference.
  • The 2015 Industry Perspectives ReportThe 2015 Industry Perspectives Report
    This report is the first in a two-part series showcasing four experts who will join us at the conference. For this report they have given us some insight into the benefits of UAS from their unique industry standpoint. 
  • FAA Publicizes Drone Safety Rules for Amateurs; But Industry Flights Still BlockedFAA Publicizes Drone Safety Rules for Amateurs; But Industry Flights Still Blocked
    While U.S. businesses, large and small, wait impatiently for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to formulate rules for commercial unmanned aircraft operations, the agency in charge of aviation safety is worried thousands of Americans may have received small drones as presents during this past holiday season.


  • Proposed ‘Rules of the Road’ for Unmanned Aircraft Under ScrutinyProposed ‘Rules of the Road’ for Unmanned Aircraft Under Scrutiny
    The FAA has begun the next step in its slow march toward opening up the National Airspace System to unmanned aircraft flown for commercial use. After a 60-day public comment period ended April 24, the FAA is expected to take an estimated year or more wading through thousands of suggestions, criticisms and ideas to amend its proposed rules for commercial operations by small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). What does this mean for you?


  • CaliforniaCalifornia's Drone Trespass Bill Is Great, Except For One Fatal Flaw
    California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced an innovative drone trespass bill. The bill is a good start, unfortunately as drafted, it won’t work. SB 142 purports to prohibit the unauthorized use of unmanned aerial vehicles in airspace directly over private property, but the devil is in the details — and this bill will be unenforceable if enacted as drafted.

    At the outset, let me say I love the idea of extending property rights in airspace. In fact, I proposed something similar in this Brookings paper “Drones and Aerial Surveillance: Considerations for Legislators” which is a short version of this forthcoming work. The problem with Senator Jackson’s proposal is that it does not define the airspace right (as I argue it must), instead it makes reference to “navigable airspace.” Here is the language the bill uses:

    "(a) A person knowingly enters onto the land of another person … if he or she operates an unmanned aerial vehicle below the navigable airspace, as defined in paragraph (32) of subsection (a) of Section 40102 of Title 49 of the United States Code, overlaying the property. (b) A person wrongfully occupies real property and is liable for damages… if, without permission, he or she operates an unmanned aerial vehicle below the navigable airspace, as defined in paragraph (32) of subsection (a) of Section 42102 of Title 49 of the United States Code, overlaying the real property."

    So in layman’s terms, if you’re flying a drone over someone’s property, and below “navigable airspace” as that term is defined in Federal law, you’re trespassing in California.

    This sounds great, but it’s destined to fail for three reasons...


  • UAVs awaiting take-off in US agriculture UAVs awaiting take-off in US agriculture
    Farmers Guardian John Wilkes attend the UAS Commercialization Industry Conference last November and sat in on some sessions about UAV's and agriculture. Read his article here.

  • Public and private research supports UAS commercializationPublic and private research supports UAS commercialization
    FedScoop's Jake Williams attended the UAS Commercialization Industry Conference that was held in Washington, D.C. this past November. Take a moment to read the article that appeared on their news site.
  • UAS Update: Drones Coming to Hollywood, but Most Still BarredUAS Update: Drones Coming to Hollywood, but Most Still Barred
    This two-part piece features the following two articles: Most Commercial UAS Still Barred from US Airspace by John Doyle. The pent up demand for commercial unmanned aircraft in the United States is still waiting for federal regulators to ease rules banning most UAS from operating in the national airspace. However, progress is being made. Drones Are Coming to Hollywood by Gregory S. McNeal. Last week, the FAA approved Hollywood’s request to use drones for filming.
  • News Update: UAS CommercializationNews Update: UAS Commercialization
    Gregory McNeal, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University School of Law as well as a prolific writer and media personality shares three of the latest UAS commercialization stories. Greg discusses drone use by Amazon (pg.1), an Oil & Gas company (pg.3) and a utility company (pg.4). Greg’s writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, FoxNews, the CBS Evening News and other national media outlets as a commentator on law and public policy.
  • Want People To Like Your Robot (Or Drone)? Think About FramingWant People To Like Your Robot (Or Drone)? Think About Framing
    Research shows that people anthropomorphize robots (that is to say they attribute human forms or personality to them).  Kate Darling of MIT, a rising star in robotics law and policy and her colleagues Palash Nandyand Cynthia Breazeal conducted a research study, the preliminary results of that experiment (specifically the impact the experiment will have on law and public policy) have been posted as a draft here.

    The experiment itself has not yet been published, but the policy paper itself is fascinating.  The paper explains how experimenters found that anthropomorphic framing can impact how we think about robots, can alter human behavior and may even impact public policy.

    Continued at Forbes:


  • Q&A: The Road to UAS Commercialization Begins in AlaskaQ&A: The Road to UAS Commercialization Begins in Alaska
    Marty Rogers is Director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI), one of six FAA test sites and a leader in UAS research and development. In this Q&A, Marty discusses how the ACUASI helped BP gain FAA approval to implement UAS, the latest UAS testing strategies, and what it will take for UAS to be commonplace in the commercial landscape.
  • Getting Approved for the FAA’s Test Site ProgramGetting Approved for the FAA’s Test Site Program
    Dr. Ron George is the Senior Research Development Officer of Research, Commercialization and Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation. He helped the University craft a successful proposal that won FAA approval. This interview was conducted ahead of Dr. George’s speaking appearance at one of our sister events.


  • Unveiled: The Ventura County SheriffUnveiled: The Ventura County Sheriff's Office UAS Program
    Chris Dunn, Captain, details the development of the department's UAS program implementation, including the ins and outs of the COA/FAA process in this past presentation.
  • An Overview of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test SiteAn Overview of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
    After securing the FAA's UAS Test Site Designation, the Test Site hoped to conduct aeronautical research in accordance with the FAA and other agencies in order to expand existing infrastructure as well as potential business development opportunities. Looking forward, Director Robert J Becklund, the Test Site hopes to becomes a recognized leader in RDT&E for unmanned systems. 
  • UAS Applications for Hurricane ScienceUAS Applications for Hurricane Science
    Scott Braun, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, provides an overview of NASA's Global Hawk Program & Operations, improving science capabilities through UAS applications: Hurricane experiments and envisioning the future of high-altitude, long-duration Earth Science missions.
  • Anticipating New UAS Products and ServicesAnticipating New UAS Products and Services
    Keith Ballantyne, VP of Engineering with AAI Corporation, discusses transitioning UAS platforms to commercial use, the UAS commercial market and the current regulatory environment. Keith shared this presentation at our sister event. He is now the Chief Engineer at the Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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