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We have the technology, now the military have to decide how to use it. As the importance of UAVs is now being recognised in modern military operations we need to decide what the military needs, what’s desirable and what’s possible. SMi’s 6th Annual Conference on The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, will examine current and future UAV operations in the EU and the USA

The programme will address operations and concepts of UAVs with a view to the future battlefield, looking at the key areas that are influencing their use. The conference will investigate the relationship between UAV development and network centric and network-enabled visions, looking at ISTAR capabilities within military operations, autonomy levels in UAVs and the rules and regulations of flying in military and civil airspace.

With an exceptional international line up of speakers, the conference offers case studies from international programmes, allowing attendees to address their key concerns by drawing on the experience of our expert panel of speakers.

With special presentations from:

  • Air Brigadier General Roberto Corsini, Deputy Chief 3rd Department, Plans & Policy, Defence General Staff, Italy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Daniel P Lewandowski, Chief Space Systems, Combat Air Branch, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, NATO
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Mullin, UAV Capabilities Officer, Material Capabilities Division, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, US Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nick Fitzgerald, Commanding Officer 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, British Army
  • Colonel Maurice de Langlois, Capability Manager Engage, European Defence Agency
  • Major General USAF (Ret) Michael Kostelnik, Assistant Commissioner, Office of CBP Air and Marine, DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Wing Commander Andrew Jeffrey, DAS-UAV, Directorate of Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Wing Commander Mike Strong, UK Staff Officer, Civil-Military Co-ordination Plan Dept, Eurocontrol
  • Major AAHE Goossens MSc, Technical Project Officer, MALE UAV Project Team, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Major Radek Stastny, Senior Officer, Reconnaissance and EW Department, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Professor Ricardo Sanz, Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Universidad Politecnica De Madrid
  • Dr Dirk-Roger Schmitt, Business Manager ATM, Institut fuer Flugfuehrung, DLR, Germany

Chaired by: Ian Poll OBE, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University and Business Development and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace

Benefits of Attending The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

  • EXPLORE the current military aims for UAV's
  • ASSESS the future direction for UAV's
  • EXAMINE operational successes capability requirements
  • HEAR international perspectives on UAV operations
  • NETWORK with key military and industry exper

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Ian Poll OBE

Professor Ian Poll OBE, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace

9:10 UK VISION OF UNMANNED VEHICLES

Group Captain Harry Hallett

Group Captain Harry Hallett , Directorate of Air Staff, Assistant Director Operations, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Current and future capabilities
  • Benefits
  • Requirements for operability
  • Aims and requirements for developing UVs
  • Future UK strategy
  • 9:50 NATO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

  • Current NATO UAS capabilities
  • Future NATO UAS capabilities
  • NATO UAS standards, working group and research
  • Issues and challenges of UAS in NATO
  • The NATO flight plan for unmanned aircraft systems
  • Colonel Daniel  Lewandowski

    Colonel Daniel Lewandowski, Branch Head, Combat Air, NATO

    Lieutenant Colonel Mihai Stir

    Lieutenant Colonel Mihai Stir, Future Capabilities Branch Officer, NATO

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas  Fitzgerald

    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Fitzgerald, Commanding Officer 32nd Regiment, Royal Artillery, British Army

    Major Paul Tombleson RA

    Major Paul Tombleson RA, Second in Command, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, British Army

    11:40 HOMELAND SECURITY

    Major General USAF (Ret) Michael Kostelnik

    Major General USAF (Ret) Michael Kostelnik, Assistant Commissioner, Office of CBP Air and Marine, DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • Protection
  • Border surveillance
  • Threats
  • Use of UAV's in homeland security

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE ROYAL AIRFORCE PREDATOR EXPERIENCE

    Squadron Leader Richard Sanderson

    Squadron Leader Richard Sanderson, SO2 RPA, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • UAV vision
  • UAV road map
  • UAV issues legacy and future
  • Some recent UK successes
  • 14:30 FLYING UAV’S IN SEGREGATED AIRSPACE

    Robert Kendall

    Robert Kendall, International Training Programs, Foreign Military Training Programs, Canadian Forces

  • Setting the baselines for Sense and avoidance, pilot certification and Secure Data links
  • The need for manufacturer, user and air traffic controller interface in testing
  • Reducing the research and development costs
  • The need for flight test data
  • The need for a large designated test and evaluation area that can be restricted when needed
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENTS AND LESSONS LEARNT EMPLOYING UVS

    Air Brigadier Roberto Corsini

    Air Brigadier Roberto Corsini, Deputy Chief 3rd Department, Plans & Policy, Defence General Staff, Italy

  • How do we increase combat effectiveness
  • Improved mission performance
  • Adapting to operational environments
  • Improved command and control
  • Effective mission management
  • Communication challenges
  • 16:20 UAVS WITHIN CZECH ARMED FORCES

    Lieutenant Colonel Radek Stastny

    Lieutenant Colonel Radek Stastny, Senior Officer, Reconnaissance and EW Department, Ministry Of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Current and future capabilities
  • Goals and objectives
  • Recent challenges and achievements
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Professor Ian Poll OBE

    Professor Ian Poll OBE, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Ian Poll OBE

    Professor Ian Poll OBE, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace

    9:10 USAF UAS S&T

    Brian  Van Vliet

    Brian Van Vliet, Chief, Control Sciences Division AFRL/VAC, Air Force Research Laboratory, USAF

  • ISR and Hunter-Killer Platforms
  • Key enabling technologies:
  • - Auto air refueling,

    -Sense and avoid,

    -Embedded apertures,

    -Co-operative airspace ops

    9:50 TOTAL AUTONOMY?

    Professor Ricardo Sanz

    Professor Ricardo Sanz, Autonomous systems Laboratory, Universidad Politecnica De Madrid

  • Autonomy development
  • Autonomous systems capabilities
  • Terms and levels of autonomy
  • Adjustable authority
  • Human requirements
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY AND ITS ROLE IN DELIVERING EU MILITARY CAPABILITIES THROUGH UAVS

    Maurice de Langlois

    Maurice de Langlois, Capability Manager Engage, European Defence Agency

  • Presentation of the EDA
  • The EU capability development process
  • UAV activities in the EDA
  • 11:40 FGPAS AND CELL BROADBAND ENGINE

    Russ Adamchak

    Russ Adamchak, Director, Special Programs, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

  • COTS price/performance comparative technology perspective
  • CONOPS advantages using FPGAs v. IBM Broadband Engine technology for deployed and ground based mission critical environments.
  • Counter IED
  • UAV SIGINT
  • Ground station multi-int fusion
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    13:50 HUMAN FACTORS IN UAVS

    Lieutenant Colonel John Mullin

    Lieutenant Colonel John Mullin, UAV Capabilities Officer, Materiel Capabilities Division, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, US Marine Corps

    Dr Dale Richards

    Dr Dale Richards, H F Consultant, Autonomous Guidance & Telematics, QinetiQ

    14:30 EURO CONTROL SPECIFICATIONS

    Wing Commander Michael Strong

    Wing Commander Michael Strong, Eurocontrol Military Expert, Military Unit, , EUROCONTROL

  • Why specifications?
  • Regulatory context
  • Main issues
  • Basic principles
  • Separation provision and collision avoidance
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FUTURE MALE UAV OPERATIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS

    Major AAHE Goossens

    Major AAHE Goossens, Technical Project Officer, MALE UAV Project Team, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Introduction of MALE UAV CONOPS for different missions
  • Vision of functionality enhancements and reasons for further research for ground stations
  • MALE UAV Intergration in NEC / NCW operations
  • Certification and airspace integration preparations for MALE UAV operations in NL
  • 16:20 INTEGRATION OF UAV INTO ATM

    Dr Dirk-Roger Schmitt

    Dr Dirk-Roger Schmitt, Business Manager ATM, Institut fuer Flugfuehrung, DLR, Germany

  • Simulation of UAVs
  • Validation of integration concepts in real time ATM-Simulation
  • First European flight test results of a UAV aircraft in civil non segregated airspace
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Professor Ian Poll OBE

    Professor Ian Poll OBE, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace

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    UAV Positioning, Orientation and Collaborative Behaviour
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    UAV Positioning, Orientation and Collaborative Behaviour

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    29th November 2006
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