A FEW WORDS FROM OUR CHAPTER PRESIDENT. . .
Update: May 1, 2013
In coming months, the Hampton Roads Chapter will have three unique opportunities for leadership here in our local unmanned system community: The first is our participation in a new effort, managed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to develop unmanned capabilities to support the U. S. Navy mission. The intent is to improve the Navy’s ability to transition technologies to acquisition, particularly to LCS Mission Modules, with the implementation of a Rapid Technology Insertion process.
Titled the Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Consortium (UMSTC) the mission will be to facilitate Industry, Academia and Not-for-Profits, working together with a Navy PEO, to accelerate the development and integration of unmanned maritime tech to meet warfighter capability needs, and assess/mature selected maritime technologies to meet identified capability gaps.
The role of the Chapter will be to assist individual and corporate members to participate in and benefit from this effort. A full program description will be available shortly and the program manager will be a featured speaker at an upcoming chapter meeting. Stay tuned for complete details.
The second will be a Chapter-sponsored Public Safety UAS Demonstration. As you all know, the Virginia legislature recently passed a bill mandating a two year moratorium on the purchase or operation of a UAS by any Law Enforcement or Regulatory Enforcement organization, except for operations during an Amber, Senior or Blue Alert.
We intend to conduct a one day demonstration of UAS platforms, sensors and command, control and communications capabilities. The event will be designed to inform our regional First Responders (police, fire and emergency management personnel) of the capabilities, limitations and training required to employ unmanned systems in their various Alert search missions. We anticipate a late September / early October event, and will start our organizational work once the venue is found. If you are interested in participating please contact me directly.
The third opportunity is our international, collegiate student Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) competition - RoboBoat – during the week of 8-14 July. This is an event where you can truly see, support and influence the future leaders of our community. Any company that wants to recruit outstanding science and engineering students from some of the world’s leading universities should not miss RoboBoat.
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ABOUT HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER...
Our hallmark activity is the "Roboboat" Student Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, held at Founders Inn in Virginia Beach in July. Get details at the AUVSI Foundation website:
The RoboBoat Competition challenges student teams to design and build ASVs that operate under rules of the waterway. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following and autonomous docking. This event is co-sponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR) and members of the business community.
Our Chapter also holds regular meetings (Executive Committee typically meets each month--all members are welcome to attend) with the goal of providing an ever-expanding variety of informative technical and social events for our vast regional membership.
Come join us in shaping the future of unmanned technology. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming HR Chapter event!
Your Chapter Affiliation is Not Automatic!
If you are a current AUVSI member within the Greater Hampton Roads region (Richmond to Raleigh) and aren't affiliated with the Hampton Roads Chapter, now is a good time to affiliate! Attend Chapter meetings, become part of our many projects and make some new contacts and friends at the same time! It's easy!
From the AUVSI home page, click at the top on:
"Membership & Chapters"--"Chapters"--"Join a Chapter"
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Please keep your Profile up to date on the main AUVSI website as well. This provides Association members looking for you / your company's products or services with a usable point of contact.