Join industry colleagues and international military representatives at SAE Media Group's Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2009 conference. Attend and ensure that your organisation is strategically placed to support one of the most dynamic growth sectors in the global aviation industry.

Analyse the latest national strategies and programmes and assess technology and industry capabilities. As the operational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) continues to grow, hear the lessons learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, hear from and network with key international policy and decision makers who will provide you with a unique insight into the global UAS market and way ahead.

Endorsed by:


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems Association

  • Learn about the latest national roadmaps, strategies and requirements
  • Assess programmes from the United States Air Force and Army, with updates of the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4S Global Hawk
  • Analyse operations and lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan - discuss the challenges encountered and overcome and ensure you are fully prepared to support the UAS operational commander
  • Discuss the NATO UAS flight plan - what are the future NATO capabilities?
  • Explore civilian applications with a special case study of the UK South Coast Partnership
  • Examine the regulatory environment and integration into non-segregated civil airspace 


Chaired by:

  • Major General (USAF Ret'd) Kenneth Israel, Former Director, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) & Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions

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

Military profile includes:

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

  • Air Staff Plans and Policy
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Airspace Policy
  • Air Requirements
  • Flight Safety Management
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Airborne Surveillance

Who attended in 2008?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2008 proved to be our most successful event yet. Some of the organisations in attendance included:

  • Thales
  • EADS
  • Sagem
  • SAAB
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Cobham
  • Onera
  • MBDA
  • Geo-Air
  • Cranfield University
  • AAI Corporation
  • STM Defence Technologies
  • Astrium Services


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (USAF Ret'd) Kenneth Israel

Major General (USAF Ret'd) Kenneth Israel, Former Director, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) & Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions

9:10 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration for Future ISR Capabilities

Lieutenant General David Deptula

Lieutenant General David Deptula, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, US Air Force

  • The need to create an Air Force with seamless manned and unmanned aircraft capabilities
  • The need to be ready for increasingly automated, modular, and sustainable unmanned aircraft systems
  • Teaming with the other Services, our allies, academia and industry to capitalize on the unique unmanned aircraft attributes
  • 9:50 Italian Air Force UAS Plans and Programmes

    Colonel Pasquale Di Palma

    Colonel Pasquale Di Palma, Director, Italian UAS Centre of Excellence

  • Current UAS operations
  • Challenges
  • Current and future capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 UAS Programme Update: US Air Combat Command

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan S Coon

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan S Coon, Commander, Detachment 4 (Global Hawk), US Air Force

  • Status of the current UAS programmes:
  • Predator - MQ-1
  • Reaper - MQ-9
  • Global Hawk - RQ-4S
  • Latest technology
  • Future roadmap
  • 11:30 A Future European UAS Agenda - A View of the European Defence Agency

    Martin Stoussavljewitsch

    Martin Stoussavljewitsch, Principal Officer, Armaments Directorate, European Defence Agency

  • Establishing a joint and complimentary agenda
  • Insertion of UAS in Airspace - Europe's Strategic Dual Approach
  • The EDA roadmap - an update
  • 12:10 The Support of Satellite Systems for UAS Missions - EDA and ESA Initiatives

  • How can satellite systems support UAS missions?
  • ESA and EDA's synchronised activities supporting UAS integration in non-segregated airspace
  • Demonstrating UAS integration with BLOS - initial ideas
  • Frank Zeppenfeldt

    Frank Zeppenfeldt, Communications Engineer, European Space Agency

    Norbert Huebner

    Norbert Huebner, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, European Space Agency

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Jensen

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

  • US Army's current systems and capabilities
  • UAS interoperability initiatives
  • Universal ground control stations
  • One system remote video terminal
  • Datalink and data strategy
  • 14:30 NASA Global Hawk Project Update and Future Plans

    Chris Naftel

    Chris Naftel, NASA Dryden Global Hawk Project Manager, NASA

  • NASA owns 2 pre-production Global Hawk Aircraft
  • NASA and Northrop Grumman: 5-year Global Hawk partnership
  • Using Global Hawk to support Earth science research
  • Flight Operations begin in 2009 and the first science campaign is Global Hawk Pacific 2009 (GloPac 2009)
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The Use of Mini UAS in the Royal Netherlands Army

    Captain Rob Keur

    Captain Rob Keur, Head of Flight Safety, Quality and Airworthiness, Royal Netherland Army Command

  • Distribution of the UAS in the organization
  • Training
  • Tasks:
  • Special attention to intensifying civil military cooperation
  • Operational use in Afghanistan
  • 16:10 Emerging Aeromechanical Aspects in the Field of Small UAV's

    Lieutenant Colonel Professor Mircea Boscoianu

    Lieutenant Colonel Professor Mircea Boscoianu, Military Technical Academy, Ministry of Defence, Romania

  • Introduction in aerodynamics and flight mechanics of small UAV's
  • New concepts: modularity, flexibility, interchangeability, VTOL
  • New configurations: flying wing (flexible flying wing, inflatable flying wing), quadrorotor, hybrid-MAV's
  • Current status of materials and technology
  • Current applications and future work
  • 16:50 UAS and the Law of War

    Dominique Loye

    Dominique Loye, Deputy Head and Technical Adviser, Arms Unit, Legal Division , International Committee of the Red Cross

  • General rules applicable to UAS
  • "Unmanned" : but where is the "man in the loop"?
  • Possible future challenges in implementing the law
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (USAF Ret'd) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (USAF Ret'd) Kenneth Israel, Former Director, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) & Vice President, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions

    9:10 Integration of UAS - Challenges for System Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Fehler

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Fehler, C4ISTAR Branch, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

  • Employment principles
  • Commonalities and characteristics of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Operational environment
  • Conclusions for integration of UAS
  • 9:50 The UK Army's Operational Implementation of UAS

    Major Nathan Webber MBE RA

    Major Nathan Webber MBE RA, Battery Commander, 57 (Bhurtpore) Battery Royal Artillery, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery

  • UK Army UAS operational update
  • Army missions and experiences
  • Increasing operational effectiveness
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 USAF Operational Updates - Predator and Reaper

    Colonel Peter Gersten

    Colonel Peter Gersten, Commander, 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, US Air Force

  • The operational role of the Predator and Reaper
  • Role in Iraq and Afghanistan - how do the operations differ?
  • Thoughts for the future
  • 11:30 Operational Update - Royal Air Force

    Squadron Leader Gareth Davies

    Squadron Leader Gareth Davies, Flight Commander, 39 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Canadian Forces UAS Capabilities Present and Future

    Lieutenant Colonel Guy Armstrong

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

  • CF UAS experiences with Spewer in Afghanistan
  • Acquisition and fielding of leased Heron in Afghanistan
  • Joint UAV Surveillance, Target and Acquisition System (JUSTAS)
  • 14:10 The UK South Coast Partnership - An Introduction to UAV's for Civilian Applications

  • South Coast Partnership - the joint approach
  • Challenges of integration
  • The potential of UAV's for the civil sector
  • Chief Inspector Richard Watson

    Chief Inspector Richard Watson, Tactical Operations and Tasking, Kent Police

    Andrew Mellors

    Andrew Mellors, Head of Civil Autonomous Systems, BAE SYSTEMS

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Integrating UAV's into Non-Segregated Airspace - A UK CAA Perspective

    Lieutenant Commander Gerry Corbett

    Lieutenant Commander Gerry Corbett, Directorate of Airspace Policy, Off-Route Airspace 4, Civil Aviation Authority UK

  • CAA approach to unmanned aircraft systems
  • UAV sense and avoid
  • Are we moving towards total integration?
  • 15:50 Air Traffic Management and UAV's in Europe - An Update

    Michael Strong

    Michael Strong, Directorate Civil Military ATM Coordination, EUROCONTROL

  • Update of EUROCONTROL activities
  • European and international collaboration
  • European ATM context and integration challenges
  • UAV integration - future evolution
  • 16:30 UAV Airworthiness and Continued Airworthiness: The Challenge for Small UAS Systems

    André Clot

    André Clot, Managing Director, European UAV Systems Centre

  • Design objectives & operator maturity
  • Aerodynamics and structural considerations
  • Complex avionic systems
  • Approved equipment fits
  • Designing for cost effective long term operation
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference



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