UAS TAAC 2018 Agenda


December 4, 2018
6:30 am Registration and Buffet Breakfast
7:55 am Presenting the Colors
Kirtland Team Honor Guard
8:00-8:10 am Welcome Opening Remarks
Dan Arvizu, PhD, Chancellor, NMSU
8:10-9:00 am Distinguished Speaker: Ability of the Global Airspace Structure to Match the Technology Transformation
Doug Davis, Director, Office of Independent Airworthiness, Research, Technology, and Engineering, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
9:00-9:30 am U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office Current Capabilities and Future Programs
Dennis G. Sparks, Branch Chief, Technical Management Division, U.S. Army
9:30 am Break
9:50-10:20 am MQ-9 Innovation for the Warfighter
Maj. Bryan Hunter, 432 OSS, USAF
Capt. Timothy Noffsinger, 432 OSS, USAF
10:20-10:50 am Technology Strategy for Multiple UAS Operations
Reid Melville, PhD, Strategy Lead of Unmanned Air Systems, AFRL
10:50-11:20 am RPA Requirements for Air Force ISR
Col Jeremy Fields, AF/A2UO, RPA & Airborne ISR
11:20-11:50 am Distinguished Speaker: Robotic Aircraft Sensor Program (RASP)
Jeffrey Randorf, S&T PEO UAS, Department of Homeland Security
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Panel: Urban Air Mobility
Moderator: Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, GIUAS
Davis Hackenberg, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Strategic Advisor for Urban Air Mobility NASA DSRC
Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director of UAS Research Division, UAS Integration Office, FAA
Eric Ringer, Co-Founder and Director of Aviation Technology, Skyward/Verizon
Lisa Ellman, Chair, Global UAS Group, Hogan Lovells
Wes Ryan, Unmanned Aircraft Certification Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service, Kansas City, FAA
2:30-3:00 pm Skyways – Fully Autonomous Cargo UAVs
Charles Acknin, CEO, Skyways Air Transportation, Inc.
3:00 pm Break
3:30-5:00 pm Session: Research
Moderator: Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, FAA
The Expansion of UAS Operations and How Research Relates
Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, FAA
Operations Over People
(and other ASSURE Research)
Stephen (Lux) Luxion, Executive Director, ASSURE
FAA-ASSURE Research: Accomplishments and Path Forward

Nick Lento, Program Manager, ASSURE Center of Excellence, FAA
UAS EXCOM Science and Research Panel (SARP) Current Focus on Separation Minima to Enable sUAS Operations

Andrew Weinert, Associate Staff Member, Group 44, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
5:00 pm Closing Comments
6:00 pm Hosted Reception
6:45 pm Hosted Dinner


December 5, 2018
6:30 am Registration and Buffet Breakfast
7:55 am Presenting the Colors
Junior ROTC, West Mesa High School
8:00 am Welcome
8:05-8:35 am It’s Been a Long Hard Road But…..!!
John Walker, Senior Partner, The Patina Group
Ted Wierzbanowski
8:35-9:05 am Recent Trends in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Airworthiness
Steve Cook, Technical Fellow-Airworthiness, Northrop Grumman Corporation
9:05-9:35 am Systems Integration and Operationalization Demonstration
John Del Frate, Project Management Support, The Aerospace Corporation
9:35-10:05 am Collision Avoidance Systems: The Last Line of Defense
Alexander Harmsen, CEO and Co-Founder, IRIS Automation
10:05 am Break
10:25 am-12:00 noon Session: BVLOS
Moderator: Mark Askelson, Interim Executive Director of RIAS, University of North Dakota
Four Years of BVLOS in The NAS
Todd Graetz, BNSF Railway
Transport Canada – BVLOS RPAS Operations 2018 to 2022 – A Focus on the Arctic
Marty Rogers, Transport Canada, Aircraft Services Directorate
ASSURE COE DAA Research: Operational Framework, Solutions, and Testing
Mark Askelson, University of North Dakota
Moving Forward in BLOS in Hawaii
Ted Ralston, PPUTRC
Questions and Answers
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00-1:30 pm No Chase COA
Scott Howe, NASA Armstrong
1:30-3:00 pm Session: Regulatory Activities
Moderator:Lance King, Senior Policy Advisor, Northrop Grumman Corporation
ASTM RPAS Standards
Philip Kenul, Chair, ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
RTCA UAS Standards Update
Al Secen, Vice President, RTCA
ICAO RPAS Standards
Randy Willis, Chairman, ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel, FAA
Supporting the Air Navigation Service Providers, CANSO
Lance King, Senior Policy Advisor, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Questions and Answers
3:00 pm Break
3:30-4:00 pm ISARRA Flight Week Project
Constantin Diehl, President/CEO, UAS Colorado
Cory Dixon, PhD, Chief Technologist, University of Colorado, Boulder
4:00-4:30 pm AFWERX SBIR Special Topics – Three examples of CUAS Innovation
David Kovar, CEO and Founder, URSA, Inc.
4:30-5:30 pm Panel: What’s Up for the Next 20 Years?
5:30 pm Closing Comments
6:00 pm Hosted Reception
6:45 pm Hosted Dinner


December 6, 2018
7:00 am Breakfast
7:45 am Load Buses for Transport to Classified Facility
9:15 am Welcome: Sandia Instructions, Security, and Administrative Matters
Kurt Sorensen, Manager, SAR Sensor Technologies Department, Sandia National Laboratories
9:30 am Sandia Radar ISR
Steven Castillo, PhD, Senior Manager, Radar Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, SNL
10:00 am Hybrid Defense of Restricted Airspace (HyDRA) Counter Small UAS
Stephen Sieck, Analysis & Assessments Program Manager, AFRL/RDMP
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Challenges to Counter UAS
U.S. Government
11:30 am Current Efforts in the Sensor Realm to Aid in Countering UAS Threats
Jeffrey Randorf, S&T PEO UAS, Department of Homeland Security
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm UAS Reachback Task (November 2017- June 2018)
Frederic P. Filbert, DICE Intelligence Analyst, Scientific Research Corporation
1:30 pm Status of World-Wide State UAS Capabilities
U.S. Government
2:00 pm Break
2:30 pm Copperhead: An Enduring UAS Sensor for Counter-Insurgency Warfare
John Topolski, Radar Engineer, SNL
3:00 pm An Introduction to the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s  CUAS Program
Julian Atencio, CUAS Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory
3:30 pm UAS/Counter UAS Assessment: The Technical Cooperation Plan Findings
Kurt Austin, U.S. Army RDECOM
4:00 pm Closing Remarks
4:30 pm Load Buses for Transportation to Hotel

This agenda is subject to change without notice. Latest revision as of 12/2/2018.