Nine years later, UAS Summit still representing state of industry

By John Nelson | September 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[email protected] to request a media pass


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