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Vigilant Aerospace Systems CEO Kraettli L. Epperson will be speaking at the upcoming Counter-UAS and Asymmetric Threat Symposium on Friday, Sept. 23 on a panel titled “C-UAS State and Federal Regulatory Concerns.”

The conference is organized by the Oklahoma State University Unmanned Systems Research Institute’s new Counter-UAS Center of Excellence and will be held at the OSU Hamm Institute for American Energy, 300 NE 9th St., Oklahoma City, OK.

Details and registration are provided here: CUAS Symposium | Oklahoma State University (

Vigilant Aerospace provides the FlightHorizon COMMANDER airspace management and detect-and-avoid system for UAS safety. The company will be hosting a booth at the conference with demonstration videos and materials about the company’s flagship product.

The company’s CEO expects to provide comments and updates on integration of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System based both on the company’s several recent projects with NASA, the FAA and the U.S. Department of Defense and his recent service on the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) making recommendations on new beyond visual line-of-sight flight rules for UAS.

To schedule a chat with Vigilant Aerospace, Contact us to schedule a sit-down with our CEO at the conference.

The event runs from 8am, Thursday, September 22 through Friday, September 23 with the first day being focused on presentations for government and academic researchers and the second day being focused on industry and public policy.

Highlights of the event will include an Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Interagency Threat Working Group meeting, worldwide intelligence threat updates from subject matter experts, a UAS technology forecast and discussion and system demonstrations from Counter-UAS Center of Excellence Consortium Members.

Several special visitors are expected to be present for the second day including Congressman Frank Lucas; President of Oklahoma State University Dr. Kayse Shrum; and Col. Todd Daniels, Assistant Commandant of the ADA School at the Ft. Sill FIRES Center of Excellence.

View the full agenda here: cuas-symposium-agenda.pdf (

The Counter-UAS and Asymmetric Threat Symposium is a new, annual event hosted by Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute and will focus on emerging research, technology and policy around the threat posed by rogue drones, steps and measures to counter this threat and emerging public policy addressing this threat.

The routine flight of UAS over long distances for inspections, surveying, search-and-rescue, emergency response and package delivery will provide significant economic and social benefits to the U.S., but also presents a growing hazard for the accidental or intentional mis-use of autonomous aircraft technologies to harm both people and critical infrastructure.

About the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence


Current requirements across the military services demonstrate a need for comprehensive counter UAS capabilities. Concurrently, the nation faces a shortage of engineering graduates with the skills, clearances, and education necessary in these specialized fields. Each military service is pursuing counter UAS research, development, test, and engineering activities that are independent of each other creating a need to coordinate efforts across industry, academia and government agencies.

The Counter-UAS Center of Excellence fulfills this need in coordinating efforts to rapidly develop and test counter drone capabilities and the ability of the military services to attract a skilled, cleared and trained workforce to develop and test this technology. The Counter-UAS Center of Excellence enables better coordination of effort and more efficient use of resources across the services to develop, test and field counter drone technology.

The Counter-UAS Center of Excellence utilizes resources across the state of Oklahoma and works with industry and federal agencies to coordinate and evaluate technology to ensure the US retains the lead in UAS and Counter-UAS technology for the foreseeable future.

For more information, visit the website: CUAS Center of Excellence | Oklahoma State University (

About the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute

Unmanned vehicles have become a revolutionary technology that is taking the world by storm. The OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) accesses expertise across Oklahoma State University allowing them to combine cutting edge product development with academic knowledge and resources to create unique solutions to critical problems. For more information on the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute, visit

About Vigilant Aerospace Systems

Vigilant Aerospace is the leading developer of multi-sensor detect-and-avoid and airspace management software for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The company’s product, FlightHorizon, is based on two NASA patents and uses data from multiple sources to display a real-time picture of the air traffic around a UAS and to provide automatic avoidance maneuvers to prevent collisions. The software is designed to meet industry technical standards, to provide automatic safety and to allow UAS to safely fly beyond the sight of the pilot. The software has won multiple industry awards and the company has had contracts and users at NASA, the FAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and with a variety of drone development programs. Visit our website at

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