UAS Action Summit Slated For ‘The Heartland’ Of Drone Innovation

UAS Action Summit Slated For ‘The Heartland’ Of Drone Innovation

The Northern Plains have become a global destination for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and continue to build on the list of UAS-related achievements. Most recently, North Dakota’s Northern Plains UAS Test Site was named the first of six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated test sites to be authorized to conduct operations. To acknowledge this notable achievement, the UAS industry will celebrate “Integration and Commercialization on the Northern Plains” at the 8th Annual UAS Action Summit in Grand Forks, ND, at the Alerus Center on June 24-26.


New this year, the UAS Summit will host the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Road Show for a pre-summit event on June 24. This event will feature a UAS demonstration by the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department and public town hall and is meant to engage public leaders and industry experts about UAS technology and industry development.

The agenda includes presentations about international airspace integration strategies; legal, moral and ethical implications of the UAS industry; law enforcement and emergency services; and how UAS can be applied to the agriculture industry. Featured speakers include:

  • Jim Williams, FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office.
  • George Guerra, Vice President of HALE Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
  • Michael Toscano, president of AUVSI.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interface and network with presenters, industry experts, vendors and new partners during this fast-paced, two-day industry event. Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities are still available.


The Red River Valley Research Corridor is proud to co-host this eighth summit with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, North Dakota Department of Commerce and the City of Grand Forks. Honorary co-hosts include U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer.

The Research Corridor UAS Action Summits, for nearly a decade, have become an annual trek for many across the nation and the globe to hear from some of the world’s foremost military and UAS industry leaders. Attendees also come to the event to expose themselves to the compelling array of local UAS-related research, development, training and education activities that have proven to have a ripple effect far beyond the region.

This year’s summit continues to build upon previous traditions of providing attendees with insight into thought provoking efforts and developments in UAS technology, platforms and technologies from around the world while mixing in highlights from innovative programs, research activities and development by local businesses, universities and colleges throughout the northern plains region.

For more information, to register, to attend or sponsor, please visit the Red River Valley Research Corridor website at

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