ROBOBOAT VIII is coming to VA Beach!
Collegiate teams from around the country will again assemble at Founders Inn to compete with their robotic surface maritime craft. Hampton Roads Chapter Members will again be providing their generous assistance with set-up + tear-down of the event course. We Need YOUR Help for a few hours during the days of July 4th / 5th (Set up) and 12th (tear-down). Details are here:

 Update: May 27, 2015

Friends, many of us have recently returned from AUVSI's North America show (being re-branded to "Xponential) in Atlanta where we were treated to the latest topics, trends and technologies in our growing unmanned systems industry. This year's show (my 29th consecutive annual event) was decidedly less defense-oriented than years past, indicating just how far unmanned systems have progressed into civil and commercial applications. In addition to numerous new aircraft (including an awesome VTOL technology in the NASA Langley booth), there seemed to be more end user applications being promoted, and countless law firms on hand to help facilitate lawful entrance into the national airspace system.. Here's what else is new:

-Attended the Virginia Aerospace Business Association black tie gala and heard Gov. McAuliffe speak on the value of aerospace industry in the Commonwealth, and the importance of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) efforts to further growth in unmanned aircraft.

-Participated in the Virginia Department of Aviation's Council on the future of the "Virginia Festival of Flight"
-Attended AUVSI Chapter President Summit in Atlanta

In a couple of weeks, I will represent the Chapter at the AUVSI Board of Directo's Strategic Planning Meeting in New Orleans, site of the 2016 AUVSI Xponentialshow.
I will again take use this opportunity to advertise our Chapter's need for a Programs Chairperson to help us plan events throughout the commonwealth! If this is of interest, please get in touch with me ASAP.

Keep cool, do great things

Kind regards,

Jay Willmott
Hampton Roads Chapter, AUVSI

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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"

You may also copy the following link to your web browser:

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.