SOURCE: BBI International

September 17, 2015 16:41 ET

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Experts and Major Firms Are Set to Present at the 9th Annual UAS Summit Next Week

Produced by UAS Magazine and the Red River Valley Research Corridor, the Ninth Annual UAS Summit Will Provide Attendees With a Comprehensive Overview of the Current State of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry

GRAND FORKS, ND--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2015) - UAS Magazine will be hosting the 9th annual UAS Summit, the upper Midwest's premier unmanned aircraft systems event produced by UAS Magazine, in collaboration with the Red River Valley Research Corridor. Taking place next week, September 21-23 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The 2015 agenda is focused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems -- featuring industry and military leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators with the most important insight of today's UAS world.

The three-day event will provide in-depth analysis and timely presentations from 75-plus speakers focused on the following for both small and large unmanned aircraft systems:

  • The latest technological offerings
  • New product launches
  • Special presentations from members of Congress
  • The most current software packages available
  • Commercialization and economic opportunities
  • FAA regulatory updates and public meeting
  • Northern Plains Test Site development and opportunities

Monday Highlight
Congressional Breakfast will include:

  • Tom Swoyer - President of Grand Sky Development Company
  • Jack Dalrymple - Governor of North Dakota
  • John Hoeven - US Senator
  • Heidi Heitkamp - US Senator
  • Delore Zimmerman - Executive Director of the Red River Valley Research Corridor
  • Colonel Rodney Lewis - Commander of the 319th Air Base Wing
  • Colonel Christopher Larsen - Commander of the 69th Reconnaissance Wing

Fly-Zone UAV Demonstration:
A demonstration event featuring small UAVs and new sensor technology will take place during lunch.
Presenters include:

  • Cyclops Technologies Inc.
  • SkySkopes
  • Northeast Region UAS Unit
  • Northland Aerospace

Tuesday Highlight
Manufacturers' Message will include:

  • Luke Geiver - Editor of UAS Magazine  
  • Mario Mairena - State Government Relations Manager of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Doug Davis - Director of Airworthiness of Northrop Grumman
  • Dan Fritz - Director of International Programs, Aircraft Systems of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • David Phillips - Vice President of Textron Systems

Wednesday Highlight
FAA Insight will include:

  • Randy Willis - Manager of FAA Emerging Technologies Team
  • Kevin Cramer - US Representative
  • Barry Cooper - FAA Regional Administrator
  • Elizabeth Soltys - Manager of FAA UAS Test Sites

"The agenda the program committee has assembled combines the perspective of regional UAS personnel with the regulatory insight of national UAV entities, while offering attendees a glimpse into the commercial realities and major economic opportunities present in the most exciting growth space in North America," says Luke Geiver, program director for the UAS Summit and editor of UAS Magazine.

WHAT: UAS Summit

WHERE: Alerus Center, Ballroom 5
1200 S 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND 58201

WHEN: UAS Summit begins Monday, September 21 and runs through Wednesday, September 23. 

HOW: Media personnel interested in covering the UAS Conference can contact to request a media pass

More information can be found at

About UAS Magazine
For commercial manufacturers and operators, UAS Magazine is the only quarterly publication, exclusively highlighting the most critical developments and cutting-edge technologies for unmanned aerial systems in the civil, agriculture, defense and commercial markets worldwide. UAS Magazine's readership includes executives, directors, managers and operators from companies and organizations focused on expanding their knowledge of unmanned aerial systems. UAS Magazine is an industry hub connecting decision-makers, who are looking for new technologies, with the most innovative companies.

About Red River Valley Research Corridor
The Red River Valley Research Corridor is a non-profit corporation committed to catalyzing and promoting science, technology and engineering initiatives that create new opportunities in the upper Great Plains region. The Research Corridor also provides links between state colleges and universities, companies, and investment capital.

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