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The AUVSI New England chapter hosted part of its 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Summit (AVS) as a webinar. The webinar was titled "Building AI You can Trust for Autonomous Vehicles" and featured Prof Alex Wong, Chief Scientist at DarwinAI in Waterloo Canada, and fittingly was sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Boston". This was the chapter's first virtual event, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what a way to start. There were approx 100 attendees for the scheduled hour, and then due to interest 50 attendees stayed on to continue asking questions to Dr. Wong for an additional…
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) rule in 2016. This is commonly known as Part 107, of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 107 states that UAS operators must fly: below 400 feet above ground level (AGL) within visual line of sight during daylight without flying over people only one aircraft and give right of way below 100 miles per hour To fly out side of these constraints, the UAS operator is required to file and obtain a waiver. The AUVSI has analyzed the waivers approved by the FAA (see FAA…
Just as 2019 finished off with a hive of activity so has 2020 started off with an intense set of member centric networking and learning opportunities.We have prepared a number of activities for the next few weeks and months. These include: Unmanned Insights: Mass Mobility Accelerator, March 5th, Boston MA:Massachusetts is implementing recommendations from the 2018 Future of Transportation study by investing in a public and privately funded accelerator.If you would like to learn of this new Massachusetts Mobility Accelerator and how you can participate, join the discussed by members of the Commission at the March 5th Unmanned Insights event…
What are the Future Transportation Needs for Massachusetts 2018 was a big year for Massachusetts transportation. In January, Governor Baker created the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth. 18 appointees were made to the Commission, tasked with developing a range of scenarios anticipated between 2020 and 2040 that may inform the panel’s findings to be reported by December 1, 2018. On December 14 2018 the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth released its report in two volumes. The report is structured in five thematic categories which are are: Modernize existing state and municipal transit…
A few Robotica UAS Summit organizing committee members got together December 13th 2019, to discuss lessons learned and prepare for 2020, at Smith and Wollensky, Boston. It was an enjoyable evening. If you would like to participate and volunteer please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The AUVSI New England chapter hosted its landmark Robotica UAS Summit on November 20, 2019 in Burlington Massachusetts. The theme was an apt "Leadership Driving Operational Ecosystem Opportunities". It was a sellout event and had over 150 senior leaders and speakers helping to drive the industry forward. attendees plus many exhibiting companies. There was also a pitch fest that allowed audience members to have an opportunity to share what they were working on in a 3 minute pitch. This was a resounding success having 15 pitches and facilitating a riveting networking reception. The event venue was the brand new facility…
The AUVSI New England chapter is hosting its landmark Robotica UAS Summit on November 20, 2019 in Burlington Massachusetts. This years theme is "Leadership Driving Operational Ecosystem Opportunities". The UAS Summit will attract senior leaders and speakers helping to drive the industry forward. Meeting room Outdoor Net - access to inside anechoic chamber on right The event venue is the brand new facility at Northeastern University's Burlington Campus. The facility hosts a very large net for safe flying of drones from the net into the large anechoic chamber. A fitting location for the UAS Summit. If you want to fly…
A key part of the AUVSI’s advocacy mission is to inform congress about the Unmanned Vehicle Systems domain, issues that affect the industry and about the AUVSI itself. As you may know Congress is composed of House of Representatives made of 435 members each serving a two year term, and the Senate made up of 100 Senators (two from each state) serving six year terms. These term periods mean that there is a lot of change of the members, at least every two years, so it is necessary to meet the new members and their staff as they may not…
The second annual New York UAS Symposium, hosted by NUAIR, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, Sept. 16-18, 2019 brought in more than 300 participants. The symposium gives the UAS community a chance to network with UAS industry leaders from around the globe, to make new connections, and most importantly, discuss the key issues facing our industry. The symposium was kicked off with welcoming remarks from NUAIR CEO Mike Hertzendorf and Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Congressmen Anthony Brindisi (D-22nd District), and John Katko (R-24th District) had a moderated conversation on the ever-growing drone industry and…
So how can you use multiple unmanned vehicles on the surface and underwater to detect and neutralize mines? Raytheon has demonstrated a capability to detect and engage the mine in a single sortie. Raytheon demonstrated its AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar, coupled with a surrogate for its Barracuda mine neutralizer, which worked together to detect and engage an object designed to mimic an undersea mine in the Narraganset Bay. The video illustration below is worth watching. Mine countermeasure capability with Raytheon AQS-20 sonar & Barracuda. Raytheon video. The company also demonstrated its Common Control System (CCS) integrated with the mine hunting and…
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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 at 8:00 am - Thu, 8 Oct 2020 at 5:00 pm
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 has now shifted from Boston to Dallas. Visit with your chapter members and...