25–29 June 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

DEMAND for UNMANNED

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“AIAA's diverse membership understands the UAS challenge from all perspectives... technical, legal, institutional and cultural. Who could better address it?” —Mike Francis, Chief, Advanced Programs & Senior Fellow, United Technologies Research Center

Within months of the FAA requiring drone registrations for sUAS, the number of drone registrations quickly exceeded those of piloted aircraft. When we coined the term “demand for unmanned” we had an inkling of the community's desire to fly sUAS for both recreational and for business purposes, but no clear understanding of just how much pent up demand existed.

DEMAND for UNMANNED® brings the UAS and aviation system stakeholders together to discuss and collaborate on research challenges and advancement strategies. Engineers, researchers, developers, pilots, and regulators from academia, government, and industry explore how unmanned systems are catalysts for autonomy, robotics, and machine intelligence, and how they are transforming the nature of civil and military aviation. Discover cutting-edge technologies that will advance UAS developments and missions  

With more than 2,800 participants from 40 countries, AIAA AVIATION Forum and DEMAND for UNMANNED® is the perfect event for inspired idea exchange for this exploding market. 


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Discover Aerospace Research that Drives Innovation

The foundation of aerospace systems is dependent on reliable autonomous systems—from the Sperry Corporation’s first autopilot and Draper's inertial navigation system, only the most rudimentary air or space travel would be possible without the myriad autonomy-of-flight technologies invented and implemented since the earliest days of flight.

For almost 90 years, members of AIAA—and its predecessor societies—have been involved in nearly every advancement in modern U.S. aerospace. Their expertise and ingenuity has shaped everything from major space missions to the modernization of our aviation systems, to the many inventive uses of aerospace technology that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous.

Search AIAA’s Aerospace Research Central (ARC) and you’ll find more than 14,000 references in technical research documents with the term “autonomous” and almost 10,000 when you search for the term “unmanned aerial” among the more than 230,000 technical articles. The first reference to possible autonomous flight is found in Volume 4 of the 1937 edition of Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences. Discover thousands of research documents from the dawn of the era of modern aviation to today in ARC.

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Dates to Remember

  • Open for Abstract: 11 Sep 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 09 Nov 2017
  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 04 Jun 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jun 2018

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