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TAAC UAV Conference set for Oct. 28-30

The Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) of New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory will have its 5th Annual TAAC UAV Conference Oct. 28-30 in Albuquerque.

ference, "Tomorrow's Necessity: Global Presence with Global Airspace," will feature panel discussions on different topics including Homeland Security, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Military Systems, UAV Performance in Science, International UAV Initiatives and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Viewpoints on UAVs.

The conference will begin with a classified session on Oct. 28 at Kirtland Air Force Base. This session is limited to people with appropriate clearance. The open conference will then begin for registrants with a mixer and buffet dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Hilton Hotel, 1901 University Blvd.

"Our goal is to increase our visibility and bring awareness to what we are doing here in southern New Mexico with UAVs and showcase all of our capabilities in this part of the country and state," said Kari Sortland, a research specialist with PSL who is helping with the conference. "We also wanted to provide a place for people to network or to learn more about what's going on in the UAV industry from a variety of people."

More than 200 people are expected at the conference representing NASA, the FAA, the Department of Defense, private industry, academic institutions and international regulatory agencies.

A variety of companies and organizations will be exhibiting products and services from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 30. All exhibits will be located at the Hilton Hotel.

UAVs are pilotless aircrafts that range in size and shape, and are used mainly by the military, although NASA and other agencies have used the vehicles for scientific research.

TAAC's mission is to safely integrate UAVs in the National Airspace System. The center is a one-stop shop for UAV operations worldwide, routine flights in civilian airspace, certification and regulatory research and validation, and platform and subsystem demonstrations.

The conference cost is from $400 to $500 per person. The deadline to register is Oct. 3. For more information and to register go to www.psl.nmsu.edu/uav/conferences/2003/. A complete agenda is available on the Web.