The Pathfinder Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host its 26th annual event on 18 -19 March 2015. The 17th of March will be exhibitor set-up days with presentations starting at 1:00 pm on the 18th.  The first day of presentations will be followed with a Membership appreciation night from 5:00 to 7:00.

This is 1st year to have Co-Chairmen for the AUVSI Pathfinder event. The 2014 event exceeded our expectations having the most participants we have ever had. The increase was not just exhibitors, participants and speakers, but people simply wanting to see what our community is all about. More and more people are Interested in what unmanned technology is all about with Huntsville, Alabama at the center of that interest. 

Why AUVSI Pathfinder?

Pathfinder 2014 Event
  • Over 350 attended

  • 24 key policy, strategy, and acquisition speakers

  • 45 exhibitors

 Pathfinder 2015 Event Opportunities
  • Networking with Huntsville leadership

  • Experience the breadth and depth of Army UAS programs and systems

  • Other Unmanned Roadmap updates from Air Force, Navy, Marines, SOCOM, NASA, MDA, and SMDC

  • Commercial applications such as John Deere

 AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter Facts
  • Established in 1989; oldest chapter in AUVSI

  • 189 Members from Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee make Pathfinder the 4th largest chapter

  • Recipient of 2011 “Chapter of the Year” Award

  • Members are a mixture of industry and government professionals

Huntsville Educational/Community Outreach
  • $100,000 in grants and scholarships awarded in 2012

  • Support K-12 and college level robotics programs

  • MAV Competition

  • FIRST Robotics

  • BEST Robotics

Our first goal to improve the 2015 Pathfinder Event was not to increase the prices for exhibitors or participants. Specifically for Military and Civilian Government personnel, we are allowing participation for NO FEE. With the current economic environment, the Pathfinder Chapter is determined to make this the “Biggest Bang for the Buck” you will experience in 2015. The “Bang” will require some big speakers. In 2014, we had speakers from OSD, PEO Aviation, PM UAS, TCM UAS, SOCOM, Air Force, Navy, Marines, AMRDEC, NASA, Congressional and Local Leadership. For 2015 our plan is to concentrate roughly 1/2 day on Huntsville Community and Redstone Arsenal Leadership about their initiatives with Unmanned Systems, then an Academic Panel about new technologies for the unmanned community. Approximately 3/4 of a day will be Set aside for the Army’s UAS offices to explain the future direction and potential business opportunities. The remaining time will be dedicated to other interest areas in the unmanned community.

As many of you know, in years past, we invited many of the schools Pathfinder has sponsored, to spend 1/2 day at the event showcasing their unmanned projects. Last year the schools were in the exhibit hall and were a hit. This year is no exception and we have several schools that have done some amazing projects that will be part of the event. 

In conjunction with Pathfinder, PM UAS will host its fourth annual Technology Forum, providing an opportunity for industry to introduce new technologies. The Pathfinder Chapter of AUVSI is pleased to invite you to a comprehensive symposium with industry leaders detailing the Roadmap to the Future.

 

Mike Howell and Phil Freeze,

Co - Chairmen

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