AUVSI’s 2018 XPONENTIAL event recently took place in Denver, and much like previous years, it showcased numerous themes and developments that will have a major impact on the commercial drone industry for the rest of 2018 and beyond. Aside from the news associated with partnership announcements like Kittyhawk and Jeppesen taking LAANC to a whole new level as well as Optelos partnering with Consortiq to deliver a drone fleet management platform, PrecisionHawk’s announcement of a BVLOS blueprint will surely help organizations of all sizes consider how they want to approach this type of operation. Those are just a few of the stories and highlights that were announced and highlighted at XPONENTIAL though, with plenty more happening in sessions and on the exhibit floor.
Just as we’ve done at other events, we tried to capture the event in pictures and quotes from the exhibit floor, sessions and press conferences that took place at XPONENTIAL. Other individuals and organizations from across the commercial drone landscape took part in the effort as well, and what’s below is a brief look at the live tweets which helped capture and define what happened in Denver. For plenty more direct quotes, videos and pictures, check out the #auvsixpo hashtag and use it to continue to conversation.
Michael Perry, @DJIGlobal: We want to develop tools that support our front line hero’s – the pilot’s that volunteer their time to #humanitarian disaster response and conservation efforts as well as research. #auvsiXPO
— The FAA (@FAANews) May 3, 2018
Another Chinese heavy lifter at #auvsiXPO – tandem-rotor unmanned helicopter from Liyang-based EastWings lifts 500kg. Powered by two Hirth 2-stroke engines. In production pic.twitter.com/hD6bmh7rwt
— Graham Warwick (@TheWoracle) May 1, 2018
“Industry and the government work very closely together to make things happen – that’s what we will continue to need for the future” – Chris Hernandez of @northropgrumman #auvsiXPO
— XPONENTIAL (@AUVSIshow) May 3, 2018
Bradbury, @USDOT: We are committed to unlocking the great potential of #unmanned systems. We need to work together to move the industry forwards safely, facilitate innovation and maintain compliance. The future is waiting for us. #auvsiXPO
— The FAA (@FAANews) May 1, 2018
“LAANC is a great paradigm that can be replicated worldwide to say yes to commercial operations so long as they satisfy the minimum requirements to fly.” — Bill Goodwin, AirMap General Counsel at Xponential #auvsixpo pic.twitter.com/h5qkZLxTW2
— AirMap (@AirMapIO) May 1, 2018
“Innovation is not found when you have like people thinking alike” – Sara Blackmer, host of Women and Diversity in Robotics session #auvsiXPO
— XPONENTIAL (@AUVSIshow) May 1, 2018