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Vigilant Aerospace’s CEO will be discussing emerging sensor and processing technologies and artificial intelligence for beyond visual line-of-sight and autonomous drones on two different panels at the upcoming InterDrone 2018 conference. InterDrone is North America’s largest unmanned aircraft industry conference and takes place September 5th to 7th, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. “The emergence of new sensor technologies and powerful on-board processing options are essential to enabling the kind of safe, autonomous unmanned aircraft systems that industry currently needs and that will push the US regulatory environment forward,” said Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. “Our product, FlightHorizon, uses both cooperative and non-cooperative data sources to monitor the airspace around the vehicle, track targets and issue commands to maintain well-clear. The steady improvement of sensors, the availability of increasingly powerful on-board processing and new options to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning allows us to run our entire system on the ground or on the aircraft and connect directly to the autopilot to provide autonomous safety. We think that this is the future of safe unmanned systems,” said Epperson. InterDrone 2018 is expecting over 3,500 attendees this year, more than 160 exhibitors, and has six specific learning tracks with more than 110 panels, sessions, drone workshops, courses, and keynotes over the 4-day conference. There are also evening events and happy hours and luncheon networking events. Epperson will be speaking on two panel sessions at InterDrone 2018 including a session on Wednesday, September 5 titled “The Future of Chips and Sensors Powering Next-Gen Drones” and another on Friday, September 7th called “Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence.”

“The Future of Chips and Sensors Powering Next-Gen Drones”

Panel Session Wednesday, September 5, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Speakers: Kraettli L. Epperson, Max Klein Microprocessors and controllers are the brains of all electronic devices today, including drones. The processing power behind these chips is staggering, leading to longer flight times and other efficiencies. And the precision today’s sensors can offer is allowing greater control and dramatically increasing the value of commercial UAVs. Learn from this panel of leading OEMs about breakthroughs in chips and sensors, and what they mean for the future of the commercial UAV industry.

“Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence”

Panel Session Friday, September 7, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Moderator: Miriam McNabb Speakers: Kraettli L. Epperson, Jaime Machuca Drones and Artificial Intelligence seem to go hand in hand now, and it’s easy to see why. With computer vision technology capable of collision avoidance, and systems smart enough to learn and operate on behalf of the human operator, AI could be the conduit for safely and reliably integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) and the path to expanding flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The use cases are endless as are the opportunities. Learn about them and more in this panel.
Join Vigilant Aerospace at InterDrone 2018 in Las Vegas, NV on September 5-7.

About InterDrone

From the website: InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. Connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV end-users at the largest, commercially-dedicated show. For more information on InterDrone, visit

About Vigilant Aerospace Systems

Vigilant Aerospace is the leading developer of 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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