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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the launch of a new initiative, the Remote Pilots Council (RPC), which has kicked off with a national tour to promote education and dialogue between commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators, industry leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Through a combination of in-person meetings, webinars and surveys, this council of AUVSI members will discuss opportunities and challenges to ensure safe and responsible use of the National Airspace System (NAS). “Now that we have rules governing the civil and commercial operations of UAS, more businesses and innovators are flying and unlocking…
A few Robotica volunteers got together December 2nd, to discuss lessons learned and prepare for 2017, at the Wildwood Steak House in Marlborough, MA. 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..
 Massachusetts charted the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (www.MassTech.org) to conduct a Robotics Sector Analysis to help guide the Commonwealth's investment decisions. Dr. Waseem Naqvi, President, AUVSI New England, and Technology Director, Raytheon, participated as a member of the advisory board. The resultant comprehensive report was released on October 18, 2016. It was compiled by Dan Kara, Research Director Robotics, ABI Research. The report cited that Robots and robotic technology are foundational, leveraging the advances in artificial intelligence, and transformative, having the ability to define a new industy. Massachusetts is the global leader in collaborative, and consumer robots. The area is receiving…
The ROBOTICASM 2016 summit June 6-9, Devens, Massachusetts brought together unmanned and robotic systems companies to showcase their capabilities and technologies to a broad audience of end-users and developers. The event featured industry talks, workshops, and live demonstrations. AUVSI New England is proud to have delivered a packed agenda of insightful keynotes, with timely industry trends, diverse exhibitors covering commercial, medical, and professional unmanned vehicle, together with enabling capabilities (technology, insurance, law). ROBOTICA 2016
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) response to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rule making for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are poised to be one of the fastest-growing industries in American history. According to AUVSI’s Economic Impact Report, which is currently the most comprehensive study ever performed on the UAS industry, within 10 years of UAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), the industry will represent an $82 billion segment of the U.S. economy and generate more than 100,000 new high-paying jobs. AUVSI, which represents more than 7,500 individual members and 600 corporations,…
After a contested election AUVSI New England is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors with term beginning June 1st. Five Directors were elected - four new and one returning Director. One existing Director joined the Officers of the organization. For details of the chapter's leadership please see About AUVSI, and select Officers and Directors. Please select Officers and Directors to access. Thank you all who participated in the election process.
The Commonwealth’s defense-contract work supported more than 88,000 workers and contributed more than $20 billion to the Massachusetts economy, while Massachusetts military installations directly or indirectly supported more than 57,000 jobs with a total economic contribution of more than $13 billion in fiscal year 2013, according to two new University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute reports. “The Commonwealth’s six bases and defense-related firms continue to have a major impact on the Massachusetts economy, both in terms of jobs and dollars,” said Governor Baker. “Academia, business, and technology – three of the Commonwealth’s top sectors – play a role in our installations…
AUVSI New England Lunch 'N' Learn Series Visit to Massachusetts UAS Test Center - Operations and Research Thursday 12 November 2015, 12:00pm - 04:00pm Approximately 60 people participated in AUVSI New England’s Lunch 'N' Learn visit to Avwatch. The event was organized to be predominantly informal with a focus on networking with access granted to Avwatch’s facilities, hangers, and aircraft. The event started with an overview of the Massachusetts Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Center (MA UASTC), which is part of one of the six granted FAA UAS Test Sites. Massachusetts together with New York have a UAS Test Site, known…
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration RequirementNew Task Force to Develop Recommendations by November 20 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders. The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small…
Markey Statement on New FAA Drone Registration Requirement is provided below: The Office of U.S. Senator Edward J. MarkeyCONTACT: Giselle Barry 202-224-2742October 19, 2015MARKEY STATEMENT ON NEW FAA DRONE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTSenator has introduced legislation to ensure transparency and privacy for drone use Washington (October 19, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will create a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for drones. In March, Senator Markey introduced legislation that would require the FAA…
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