The 21st century has seen a continued emphasis on unmanned air systems (UASs) and autonomous behavior development for both military and civilian applications. Unmanned vertical take-off and lift (VTOL) aircraft are in varying stages of development all over the world, and continue to expand into the civil and military sectors for a variety of uses. Technology advances increasingly allow UAS to fill roles once reserved for manned ground and air vehicles. As noted by last year’s Keynote Speaker, the operator-interface and human factors can be one of the most significant contributions to UAS safety and successful operations. Correspondingly, technologies and regulation are being developed to safely operate UAS, and integrate them into commercial and military airspace. This biennial meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest advancements in UAS technology with academic, industry, and military engineers from around the world.
The Technical Meeting is being held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium. The conference will feature technical paper presentation related to autonomous VTOL aircraft, while the Symposium will feature invited presentations, panel sessions and discussions on electric and hybrid electric VTOL aircraft, with a focus on urban air mobility.