AIRT, AUVSI host Global Public Safety UAS Summit at XPONENTIAL 2021

Two of the biggest actors in promoting use of unmanned systems for the common good are renewing their previous partnerships ­­– this time as organizers of the Global Public Safety UAS Summit at XPONENTIAL 2021.

The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI will stage a series of panels and workshops at XPONENTIAL.

As always, their objective is to encourage deployment of unmanned systems and robotics in ways benefiting society and humanity.

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Call for entries opened for 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Ahead of AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2020, which will take place from May 5th through 7th in Boston, the organization is calling for entries for the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards.

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Interview with DJI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award winner North Carolina DoT

During the AUVSI Xponential 2019 show, we had the chance to talk with three members of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina DoT turned to drones to make visible not only the storm damage but also the extensive flooding that took place in the state.

Updated with a full transcript of the interview.

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Hollywood drone pilots reveal the cameras used on feature films at AUVSI 2019

As a hobbyist (and occasional professional) drone pilot, I have often wondered what Hollywood filmmakers are flying with. This information is often kept under wraps, as many pilots are not allowed to discuss what films they work on or what equipment they use. We found one drone operator at AUVSI 2019 that was more than willing to share. Some of the cameras they use are surprising, and the drones that lift those cameras are some of the biggest in the business.

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The XM2 drone used to film Star Wars Episode 9

At AUVSI’s XPonential 2019, I was lucky enough to stumble into a presentation called “Drones in Hollywood.” It is generally a pretty good assumption that a conference session will disappoint and not live up to its title. This presentation was an exception. Rather than provide a dry lecture devoid of details, the presenter, Aaron Corera of XM2 Cine, told us all about the drones and cameras used on Hollywood sets. He also revealed that it was their company that was contracted to film Star Wars Episode 9 in which they used this XM2 drone.

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DJI at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 in Chicago, IL

One of the exhibitors at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 is drone maker DJI. Apart from being an event sponsor and hosting a number of presentations and panel discussions, DJI also sponsors the AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards to recognize organizations and individuals who have used unmanned technology in innovative ways to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts around the world. You can check out the details and DJI’s schedule below.