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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry has witnessed a meteoric growth over the past decade. With no sign of slowing up, rapid technological advances are fuelling a surge in both military and civilian applications of UAS across the globe. The market for unmanned aircraft in the US military alone is set to surpass $12.7 Billion by 2015 and for the first time this year more unmanned than manned pilots will be trained in the US Air Force.

SMi’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2010 will explore a complete overview of UAS in military, commercial and civilian sectors. Attend and enjoy this unique networking opportunity with key industry leaders and decision makers from the field of UAS. Assess the latest national strategies and industry technology and ensure your organization is strategically placed to benefit from the dynamic growth sector in the global aviation industry.

Endorsed by:


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association


  • Hear from top military and industry personnel at the forefront of UAS operations and technology
  • Analyse operational experiences from Afghanistan and from border surveillance operations 
  • Learn about the latest programmes from NATO, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, NASA and more…
  • Discover the adaption of UAS to civilian applications and the need for interoperability
  • Understand the future of UAS pilot training and the implications of autonomous systems
  • Discuss the challenges of achieving total integration into non-segregated airspace
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Industry profile includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Directors, Vice Presidents, Managers, Analysts and Officers for:

  • Engineering
  • Training
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Electronic Combat Systems
  • Operations
  • Business Development
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Programme and Project Management
  • Academic research
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 Military profile includes:

Commanding Officers, SO1, SO2, Research Scientists, Directors, Commanders, Programme Managers for:

  • Air Staff Plans and PolicyTest and Evaluation
  • Airspace Policy
  • Air Requirements
  • Flight Safety Management
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Airborne Surveillance
  • Command and Control Specialists


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd)

Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd), Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin


Major General Stephen Schmidt

Major General Stephen Schmidt , Commander, Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command, NATO

9:50 NATO’s Concept of Employment for UAS

Colonel Jay Bickley

Colonel Jay Bickley, Branch Head Combat Air, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, NATO

  • Operational capabilities and successes
  • Distributing imagery for tactical awareness
  • Advantages of UAS for ISAR operations
  • Interoperability of UAS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Operational Interoperability of UAS in the US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Jensen

    Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Jensen, Product Manager, Common Systems Integration (CSI), US Army

  • Why operational interoperability is the best practice for today's UAS
  • Manned/unmanned teaming: benefits to the soldier in combat
  • Current situation in US Army and what’s on the horizon
  • 11:40 Delivering Affordable, Integrated Airborne Satcom

    Andy Hide

    Andy Hide, Head of Future Programmes, Secure Satcom Systems Business Development , EADS Astrium

  • Secure command & control of multiple airborne assets
  • Integration & Certification - understanding risk and cost
  • Advanced Satcom Networks - new mission services
  • Through Life Affordabilty - smaller, lighter, low cost technologies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 European Defence Agency: Approach to UAS Air Traffic Insertion

    Jens Fehler

    Jens Fehler, Principal UAS Officer, European Defence Agency

  • Activities and projects to develop the operational environment for UAS
  • MIDCAS – a concept for a UAS sense and avoid capability
  • Command and Control Data Link for UAS using Satellite Services
  • Timeline for an initial UAS Air Traffic Insertion capability
  • 14:10 Integrating UAS into Non-Segregated Airspace – An Update from the Civil Aviation Authority

    Gerry Corbett

    Gerry Corbett, Directorate of Airspace Policy, Civil Aviation Authority, UK

  • CAA approach to unmanned aircraft
  • Sense and avoid regulations
  • Obstacles to further integration
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea


  • What are the key milestones to total integration?
  • Is a Military / Civil co-ordinated approach actually possible?
  • What is the likely impact on the UAS industry?
  • Mike Lissone

    Mike Lissone, UAS ATM Integration Manager, EUROCONTROL

    Jens Fehler

    Jens Fehler, Principal UAS Officer, European Defence Agency

    Gerry Corbett

    Gerry Corbett, Directorate of Airspace Policy, Civil Aviation Authority, UK

    John Moreland

    John Moreland, General Secretary, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association

    16:00 Test & Evaluation of Remotely Piloted Air Systems

    Wing Commander Mal Craghill

    Wing Commander Mal Craghill, OC UAS Test & Evaluation Squadron, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force, UK

  • Current procedures from the Air Warfare Center
  • Test and evaluation in pilot training
  • Review of current technology and capabilities
  • Potential future advancements
  • 16:40 The Expeditionary Future of UAS: A US Marine Corps Perspective

    Major Brad Green

    Major Brad Green, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, U.S. Marine Corps

  • A current operational perspective   
  • The future of Marine UAS  
  • Marine UAS systems development   
  • Tactical applications of Digital Interoperability
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd)

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd), Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin

    17:25 Drinks Reception Sponsored by Astrium & Cassidian

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd)

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd), Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin


    Brigadier General Robert P. Otto

    Brigadier General Robert P. Otto, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, Headquarters US Air Force

  • The impact of UAS on the larger ISR enterprise
  • The US Air Force UAS Flight Plan: the need to develop technologies that will enable increased modularity, interoperability and automation among systems
  • Current UAS initiatives
  • Teaming opportunities with our coalition partners

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd)

    Major General Kenneth Israel (USAF Ret'd), Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin

  • Overcoming the oncoming flood of data: A 10-12 fold increase from today
  • The Gorgon Stare: finding targets in highly complex environments
  • Outline of the DARPA Vulture Programme
  • Capabilities of the new MQ-X
  • Need for a New Sensor Model
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 ISR UAS Operations in Afghanistan

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller, Chief, Flight Safety, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Royal Netherland Army

  • Operational experiences and scenarios for UAS missions
  • Profiles on the use of the ALADI, RAVEN and SPERWER
  • Overcoming the obstacles to successful missions
  • Links to the use of Micro-UAS in civil military actions
  • 11:30 Canadian Forces Heron UAV Operations in Afghanistan

    Lieutenant Colonel Guy Armstrong

    Lieutenant Colonel Guy Armstrong, Project Manager, CF UAV Systems, Canadian Forces

  • Brief history of how Heron was selected
  • Force structure and operational results in Afghanistan
  • Lessons learned
  • Impact on Joint Unmanned Surveillance and Target Acquisition System UAV programme
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:20 UAS Developments at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center

    Chris Naftel

    Chris Naftel, NASA Dryden Global Hawk Project Manager, NASA

  • Global Hawk: first science flight
  • Progress for earth science research
  • Climate and hurricane research
  • The future of GloPac
  • 14:00 UAVs for European Border Surveillance

    Zdravko Kolev

    Zdravko Kolev, UAS Specialist, Frontex

  • Potential role of UAS in border surveillance
  • Limitations and conditions: practical use of UAS for border surveillance purposes
  • Feed back on the Frontex UAS demonstration 
  • Strengths and limitations to deploying UAS
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 432d Wing "Hunters" Remotely Piloted Aircraft Mission Brief

    Major Stephen Jones

    Major Stephen Jones, Director of Operations, 556th Test and Evaluations Squadron, Creech Air Force Base, US Air Force

    15:40 Unmanned Attack: Ethical and Political Challenges

    Dr. Andrew Conway

    Dr. Andrew Conway, Air Power Studies Lecturer, Royal Air Force College

  • Law, ethics and politics in the current environment
  • Future developmental aspirations
  • The ethical implications of fully autonomous systems
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Achieving Enhanced ISR Interoperability in a Coalition Environment

    Achieving Enhanced ISR Interoperability in a Coalition Environment

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel
    16th November 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel

    Harrington Gardens
    London SW7 4LH
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    Millennium Gloucester Hotel



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