In a noteworthy exception to their usual private nature, NASA has invited the public to one of their technology conventions. The focus of this particular event is unmanned aerial vehicles; the emerging technologies that will help operate them and the drone training necessary to pilot them. NASA has partnered with companies that provide cutting edge drone technology. The industry leaders that head each company will each give a presentation of their product, and then be available to discuss them with attendees.
The convention will take place at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, VA through the NASA Langley Research Center. This is one in a series of continuing bi-annual technology summits, most of which are restricted to professionals within the industry. This is a unique chance for the average person to meet and interact with the highest levels of the drone field. The convention is one day only, on April 17th of 2018.
While it is clear that NASA’s focus in this convention is drone safety, they are also actively seeking commercial drone operator partnerships. There will be a brief primer on the subject from a licensing expert discussing several aspects, including commercial drone training. This is a strong push by NASA towards widespread adoption of drone technology for commercial purposes. As the industry continues to expand at an accelerated rate, drone training will become even more of a necessity.
The three presenters offer technologies that will augment a drone operator’s toolkit, but commercial drone training is still the first line of defense. A remote pilot is expected to know how to deal with any situation that arises during flight – and to mitigate any potential damage to personnel or property that could result. NASA understands this, and their active pursuit of qualified partnerships underscores that fact.