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As we begin 2020, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the biggest news items from Vigilant Aerospace in 2019:

2019 Company News

US State Department Commodity Jurisdiction Determination Obtained for Export of FlightHorizon

Vigilant Aerospace Systems obtained a Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the U.S. Department of State for our FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management system. Read more…

Vigilant Aerospace Systems Joins the New DronePort Network as Founding Member

Vigilant Aerospace Systems has announced that it has joined the new DronePort Network as a Founding Member. Read more…

Drone Industry Insights Lists Vigilant Aerospace as a Leading UAS Software Provider in New 2019 Report

For the second year in a row, Vigilant Aerospace Systems has been selected by Drone Industry Insights (DII) as one of the “most relevant” companies operating in the drone technology market in their recently published 2019 Drone Market Environment Map. Read more…

Vigilant Aerospace Systems and Oklahoma State University Awarded Grant for Autonomous Drone Safety Research & Development

Vigilant Aerospace Systems and the Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) have been awarded a state research and development grant to help integrate radar into Vigilant’s drone safety product, FlightHorizon. Read more…

The Tech Tribune Names Vigilant Aerospace Among Top Eight Tech Startups in Oklahoma City for 2020

Vigilant Aerospace Systems has been named as one of the top eight technology startups in Oklahoma City by The Tech Tribune in their annual city-by-city listings of the most promising tech startups in major cities throughout the US. Read more…

Vigilant Aerospace Demonstrates FlightHorizon 2 in Autonomous 18-Mile Flight with Oklahoma State University

On October 8, 2019, Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Vigilant Aerospace Systems (Vigilant) conducted a demonstration flight utilizing OSU’s 13-mile beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) corridor east of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Read more…

2019 Presentations

The Central Role of Flight Safety Systems and Airspace Management in Droneport Development

DronePort Seminar: Unlocking the Potential in Your Community, a 2019 XPONENTIAL co-located event. Chicago, IL. 29 April 2019.
Setting up a droneport or unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program can be a complex process, especially when complying with standards and regulations, managing FAA authorizations, and providing responsible airspace management. Flying drones near controlled airspace or beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) requires unmanned aircraft operators to be able to detect-and-avoid other aircraft and to maintain well-clear distances.  For more information, watch the full 32 minute, 45 second video. Read more…

Airspace Management in Droneport Development

Droneport Seminar. Salina, KS. 21 August 2019.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems joined unmanned aircraft systems professionals, drone service providers, economic development professionals, and entrepreneurs at the upcoming DronePort Network Seminar on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Salina, Kansas. CEO, Kraettli Epperson presented a 20-minutes session at the seminar titled “Airspace Management in Droneport Development,” discussing the necessity and role of airspace management systems for safety and air traffic awareness at droneports. Read more…

Droneports, Redefining the UAS Industry

UAS Tech Forum, hosted by the UAS Cluster Initiative. Salina, KS. 22 August 2019.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems was honored to be invited to join industry professionals in a panel discussion titled “Droneports, Redefining the UAS Industry” at the 2019 UAS Tech Forum event in Salina, Kansas on Thursday, August 22nd. The 2019 UAS Tech Forum focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) innovation and the uses, benefits, and growth opportunities for UAS in agriculture and first response services. Read more…

Remote ID for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft: What is it? How does it work? And, why does it matter?

Webinar, hosted by the UAS Cluster Initiative. 23 October 2019.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems presented a webinar titled “Remote ID for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft: What Is It, How Does It Work and Why Does It Matter?” The webinar was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM CT. For more information, watch our full 28 minute, 15 second presentation video. Read more…
Overall, 2019 was a year full of networking, product testing and development. We look forward to taking this momentum into 2020 with some big announcements and projects upcoming. Keep up with company news by following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter.

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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