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2017 Agenda



Monday, August 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm UAS Student Access Day
Ballroom 5
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Summit & Expo Grand Opening
& Welcome Reception

Ballroom 1-4

Tuesday, August 22

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
Ballroom Lobby
8:00 am – 8:10 am Opening Remarks
Ballroom 5
  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
8:10 am – 8:30 am Leading By Example: North Dakota’s Role In UAS
Ballroom 5
  • John Hoeven, Senator, North Dakota
8:30 am – 9:00 am UAS In The U.S. Air Force
Ballroom 5
  • Colonel Benjamin Spencer, Commander, 319 Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Lieutenant Colonel Brent Dorsey, 69th Reconnaissance Group Deputy Commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base
9:00 am – 9:20 am Advances In Autonomous ISR From Northrop Grumman
Ballroom 5
  • Mike Lyons, Global Hawk Customer Engagement and Business Development, Northrop Grumman
9:20 am – 9:40 am UAS Pilots Of The Future: General Atomics Flight Test & Training Center
Ballroom 5
  • Steve Kelly, Director, General Atomics
9:40 am – 10:00 am Success In Beyond-Visual-Line-Of-Sight Applications Performed In Australia
Ballroom 5
  • Vince Vidal, Director of Commercial Solutions, Insitu
10:00 am – 6:30 pm Expo Open
Ballroom 1-4
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4
10:30 am – 11:30 am Big Data and The Connected Drone: New Possibilities In The U.S.
Ballroom 5
  • Presenting Companies: eSmart Systems, Microsoft and Industry Participants
11:30 am – Noon Positioning For The Future: The University Of North Dakota and UAS
Ballroom 5
  • Mark Kennedy, President, The University of North Dakota
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Understanding The Value of UAS To North Dakota and Beyond
Ballroom 5
  • Kevin Cramer, U.S. Representative, North Dakota
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Finalizing The Foundation For Beyond-Visual-Line-Of-Sight
Ballroom 5
  • Tom Swoyer, President, Grand Sky Development Co.
  • Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
  • George Kirov, Vice President & General Manager, Commercial UAS Solutions, Harris Corp.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break
Alerus Center Arena
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Fly Zone Announcements and Demonstrations
Alerus Center Arena
  • ESmart Systems Commercial U.S. Product Unveiling
    Representatives and Pilots From ESmart Systems
  • The Hercules UAV’s Debut
    Representatives and Pilots From Advanced Aircraft Company
  • Super-Payloads Explained
    Representatives From Field of View
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Drone Race Tutorial and Live Heats
Alerus Center Arena
  • Red River Rotorcross
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4

Wednesday, August 23

7:30 am – 1:30 pm Expo Open
Ballroom 1-4
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4
8:30 am – 8:35 am Opening Remarks
Ballroom 5
  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
8:35 am – 8:50 am UAS Growth Opportunities In The Red River Valley
Ballroom 5
  • David Hambleton, Grand Sky Program Manager and Site Lead, Northrop Grumman
8:50 am – 10:00 am UAS Breakthroughs On The Northern Plains: Test Site Updates and Research Reviews On NASA Integration, Low-Altitude Flights and Future Projects
Ballroom 5
  • 2017's Major UAS Moments
    Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, NPUASTS
  • Solutions From A Networked Infrastructure Supporting UAS Ops
    Chris Theisen, Director of Research and Development, NPUASTS
  • Elbit's North Dakota Operational Changes And Expansions
    Matt Henry, Operations Manager, NPUASTS
  • Update: NASA UTM Flight Operations and Research
    Jakee Stoltz, Operations Manager, NPUASTS
  • Lessons Learned On Safe UAS Flights
    Trevor Woods, Director of Safety, NPUASTS
10:00 am – 10:30 amRefreshment Break in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4
10:30 am – Noon Regulation and Policy Rundown: Local, Federal and International Considerations
Ballroom 5
  • Global UAS Regulatory Efforts: What Other Nations Are Doing and What The U.S. Can Learn
    Doug Marshall, President, TrueNorth Consulting LLC
  • The Future of U.S. Federal UAS Policy
    Jennifer Naaden, Government Relations Director, Duetto Group
  • The Intent and Impact Of ASSURE
    Mark Askelson, Professor, ASSURE Represenative, University of North Dakota’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • The Golden Age of UAV Tech: China Vs. The U.S. For UAV Intellectual Property Rights
    Alyssa Holtslander, Associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Ballroom 1-4
1:30 pm – 2:10 pm Safe Skies Are Here: Special Projects In Detect-and-Avoid
Ballroom 5
  • Detect-and-Avoid For Large UAS
    Fabrice Kunzi, Staff Engineer, General Atomics
  • Airspace Access Developed By Boeing Phantom Works
    Charlton Evans, Senior Manager of Commercial Aviation Operations, Insitu
2:10 pm – 2:30 pm Precision Ag Drone Flight Safety Protocols
Ballroom 5
  • Tom Brower, Pilot and Board Member, Aero Fleet One
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Flight To Virtualization: The Art of the Possible for Infrastructure
Ballroom 5
  • Terry Bennett, Senior Industry Strategist, Autodesk
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm In-Flight UAV Performance Characterization
Ballroom 5
  • Brent Michalowski, Aerospace Engineer, Aeroprobe Corporation
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
Ballroom Lobby
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Safer UAS Flights With NASA Tech
Ballroom 5
  • Kraettli Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Automated Inspection of Utility Assets
Ballroom 5
  • Paul Frey, Vice President of Sales, Sharper Shape
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Securing North America’s Critical Infrastructure With Counter UAS Technology Applications
Ballroom 5
  • Pete Martinez, CEO, Natural Resource Security
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm North Dakota Counter UAS Task Force Briefing
Ballroom 5
  • Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, Co-Chair, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site and ND Counter UAS Task Force
  • Tom Swoyer, President, Co-Chair, Grand Sky Development Co. and ND Counter UAS Task Force
  • Representatives From: North Dakota National Guard, North Dakota University System, Office of the North Dakota Governor
5:00 pmSummit Adjourns

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