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Vigilant Aerospace CEO Kraettli Epperson will be co-presenting a webinar on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 on “Enhancing Operations with Sensors and Other Instruments” for The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) with co-presenter Arjuna Balasuriya, Ph.D, Senior Scientist with Charles River Analytics. The 60-minute webinar will feature presentations and discussion on how advancements to instruments and sensors play a role in enhanced operations of unmanned and autonomous systems (UAS) and how they can improve and lead to more advanced and efficient UAS operations from two speakers from different perspectives on the industry. For more details and to register to join this free webinar presented by AUVSI, visit Webinar details:

Enhancing Operations with Sensors and Other Instruments

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM CT (3:00 – 4:00 ET) Advancements to instruments and sensors play a role in the enhanced operations of unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Whether for navigation, security & surveillance, data collection, imaging, or another function, understanding the available tools and how they can improve various activities will lead to more proficient operations. Join this webinar to learn more about sensors for a wide range of applications. Each speaker will provide a 20-minute look into Enhancing Operation with Sensors and Other Instruments from their unique perspective in the industry followed by 20-minutes for audience Q&A. Speakers:
Kraettli L. Epperson CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. Kraettli L. Epperson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, the provider of the FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace awareness system. Epperson is an active member of the ASTM F38 Committee on technical standards, performance requirements and testing methods for unmanned aircraft. Epperson is the co-author, with NASA Senior Research Engineer Ricardo Arteaga, of multiple AIAA industry research papers on autonomous systems and a 2020 AIAA paper with Oklahoma State University researchers on use of detect-and-avoid systems in beyond visual line-of-sight flight testing. He is an FAA certified Part 107 remote pilot and also the co-inventor of four technology patents.
Arjuna Balasuriya, Ph.D Sr. Scientist, Charles River Analytics Dr. Arjuna P. Balasuriya is the Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics based in Cambridge, Massachussetts, where he is responsible for securing funding and overseeeing research and development efforts relate to marine robotics, ocean acoustic sensing, image/signal processing, sensor fusion, embedded ATR algorithms, robot onboard autonomy, and collaborative systems. Dr Balasuriya has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and has coauthored two book chapters and is an IEEE Senior Fellow.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information on AUVSI, visit For more upcoming AUVSI webinars, 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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