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2022 Agenda

Monday, October 3

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Grand Sky Open House
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Grand Sky
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Grand Sky Networking Reception
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Grand Sky

Tuesday, October 4

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast in the Expo
8:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
8:15 am – 8:45 am Demo Presentation
PDW Demonstration

  • Ryan Gury, CEO, PDW

  • 9:00 am Welcome from Session Sponsor: Kratos
    • Joseph Valenzuela, VP of Business Development and Strategy for Tactical Platforms, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems
    9:00 am – 10:00 am Updates from the Hill: Insights from Top Officials
    • Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senate
    • Dr. Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office
    10:00 am – 10:20 am Grand Forks AFB and the Innovation Battlespace
    • Lt. Col. Michael Dunn, North Spark Research Lab, 319th Reconnaissance Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base
    10:20 am – 10:50 am Industry Disruption in Advanced Aerial Mobility
    • Col. Nathan Diller, Director, AFWERX
    10:50 am – 11:15 am Fireside Chat: SkyRange Updates from Northrop Grumman and TRMC
    • Moderator:Melissa Dolan, Program Communications, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Doug Shaffer, Vice President, Autonomous Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting Programs, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • George Rumford, Director, Test Resource Management Center
    11:15 pm – 12:00 pm UAS Associated Elements: Why so Important?
    • Moderator: Shawn Bullard, CEO, Duetto Group
    • Ben Marchionna, Director of Technology & Innovation, Electra
    • Bill Voss, former Director of Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO and former President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation
    • Jeremy Bennington, Co-Chair, ASTM BVLOS Navigation Standards Committee

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
    12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Innovation Stage Presentation
    The Explosive Breacher Program: Why UAS Integration is Necessary and How You Can Help

  • Maj. Thomas Fite, Assistant Product Manager, PM-Close Combat Systems, U.S. Army
  • Amit Makhijani, Project Officer, PM-Close Combat Systems, U.S. Army
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Keeping the Airspace Safe: Detect-Avoid-Mitigate
    • Moderator: Aaron Pierce, CEO, Pierce Aerospace
    • Danny Rajan, General Manager, United States, D-Fend Solutions
    • Tom Furey, CEO, Sagetech Avionics
    • Mary-Lou Smulders, Chief Marketing Officer, Dedrone
    • Kraettli Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems
    2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Weather and the Impact on BVLOS Flights

    • Moderator:Dawn Zoldi, CEO, P3 Tech Consulting
    • Tom Swoyer, President, Grand Sky Development Company
    • Don Berchoff, CEO, TruWeather Solutions
    • Captain Gage “Bandicoot” Buchli, Flight Safety Officer, 319th Reconnaissance Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
    3:10 pm – 3:25 pm Innovation Stage Presentation:
    FlightHorizon Multi-Sensor Detect-and-Avoid System

  • Zach Peterson, Director of Business Development, Vigilant Aerospace Systems
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm BVLOS ARC Recommendations Will Advance the UAS Industry and Raise the Standard of Safety
    • Moderator:Eileen Lockhart, Director of Emerging Markets, Spright, an Air Methods Company
    • Michael Robbins, Executive Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, AUVSI
    • Kraettli Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems
    • Jenn Player, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Skydio
    • Tombo Jones, Director, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership Virginia Tech
    • Erin Roesler, Director of Operations, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Starting up in North Dakota: A Live Case Study
    • Moderator: Nicholas Flom, Deloitte Consulting
    • Brian Opp, Technological Systems Business Development Manager, North Dakota Department of Commerce
    • Trevor Woods, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
    • Matt Dunlevy, Founder, SkySkopes
    • Josh Riedy, CEO, Thread
    • Frank Matus, Director, ATC and Digital Aviation Solutions - Americas, Thales

    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
    5:20 pm – 5:40 pm Innovation Stage Presentation:
    Presentation on Dragonflypads

  • Eric Gauthier, COO, Dragonflypads
  • 5:50 pm – 6:10 pm Innovation Stage Presentation:
    Airial Robotics: Building the Impossible Drone

  • Joerg Schamuhn, CEO, Airial Robotics GmbH
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    Wednesday, October 5

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast in the Expo
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Expo Open

    8:15 am – 8:45 am Outdoor Demonstration:
    Airial Robotics Demonstration

  • Joerg Schamuhn, CEO, Airial Robotics GmbH
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Senator Kevin Cramer and Space Expert
    • Senator Kevin Cramer, U.S. Senate
    • Tim Hughes, Senior Vice President, SpaceX
    10:00 am – 10:15 am UAS and UND’s National Security Initiatives
    • President Andrew Armacost, University of North Dakota

    10:15 am – 11:00 am Leadership Panel for UAS Education and Research
    • Moderator:Mark Askelson, Executive Director, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems, University of North Dakota
    • Dean Robert Kraus, Dean of Aerospace, University of North Dakota
    • Dean Kenneth Witcher, Dean, College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Matthew MacVicar, Manager, Government Relations, Rolls-Royce North America
    • Additional Panelists to be Announced
    11:00 am – 11:20 am Impact of Autonomy on Multi-UAS Control
    • Del Christman, Vice President Research & Development, Autonodyne
    11:20 am – 11:40 am The Role of a C2CSP in Larger Scale Drone Operations
    • Cyriel Kronenburg, Vice President International Development & Strategic Partnerships, uAvionix
    11:40 am – 12:00 pm Developing UAS Battery Technology to Meet Complex Operations
    • Terri Zimmerman, CEO, Botlink

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
    1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Drones in Agriculture: Research, Implementation and Execution
    • Moderator: Andrew Jason, Grand Farm Ecosystem Director, Emerging Prairie
    • Joey Schmit, President, iSight Drone Services
    • Madhu GN, Garuda Aerospace
    1:45 pm – 2:30 pm The Future of Drone Delivery logistics from Large Autonomous Aircraft to Cross Border Drone Delivery
    • Moderator:Terri Zimmerman, CEO, Botlink and Packet Digital
    • Manal Habib, CEO, MightyFly
    • Michael Healander, CEO, Airspace Link, Inc.
    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Creating an Effective Risk Management System for UAV Operations
    • Moderator: Stacey Mesteth, Risk Management Specialist, North Dakota UAS Council
    • Tim Gortman, Senior Aviation Underwriter, Chubb Insurance
    • Joseph Vacek, Associate Professor of Aviation, UND Aerospace, University of North Dakota
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Ice Cream Social in the Expo Hall
    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm BVLOS with Integrated Real-time Threat Detection for Midstream and Upstream Oil & Gas Patrol
    • David Yoel, CEO, American Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Using UAS in Building Energy Data Management
    • Karthik Balaji, Product Development Lead, Tau Drones
    4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Civil Infrastructure Asset Management using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-based Photogrammetric Techniques
    • Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Approach for Practical BVLOS Operations
    • Rob Knochenhauer, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Censys Technologies Corporation
    4:30 pm Session Conclude
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