Welcome to the 28th Pathfinder Symposium

The 28th Annual Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Pathfinder Chapter symposium continues to build on the successes of previous symposiums. The bar was set high in 2016 with the classified session focused on “Emerging Threats to UAS Operations”, our Department of Defense day with a keynote speech from Congressman Mo Brooks and the introduction of our Commercial UAS day focused on the State of Alabama with a keynote presentation from Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey.

The 2017 Pathfinder Event is scheduled for Tuesday thru Thursday, August 22 – 24, 2017. This 3 day event will be comprised of a Classified Day, a Commercial UAS Day and an Army Unmanned Systems Industry Day.  

  • Day 1, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – The first day will be a classified day (Secret level) brought to you by Pathfinder and AFCEA Huntsville. Due to the classified nature of these presentations, this event will be held at the Lockheed Martin Corporation Space Facility on Bradford Drive. The topics will include Counter UAS, UAS threats, Electronic Weapons, UAS Protection, Ground Systems, and UAS Weaponization.
  • Day 2, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – This day, held at the Von Braun Center (VBC), is focused on commercial UAS topics.  The Pathfinder has teamed up with local, state and national organizations to present commercial initiatives in Unmanned Systems. This will include plans for educating the populace, policy initiatives, unmanned operations such as precision agriculture and powerline surveys, plus speakers from the law enforcement and insurance industries within the state.
  • Day 3, Thursday, August 24, 2017 – The last day of the conference, also at VBC, will be comprised of sessions focused on DoD Unmanned initiatives.  The US Army’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Management Office will present potential business opportunities and the future direction of their unmanned programs, other Redstone Arsenal Leadership personnel will discuss their initiatives with Unmanned Systems, and companies and Government agencies from across the country will discuss current and future unmanned technologies.

The Pathfinder Chapter donated over $30,000 in 2016/2017 to support unmanned and robotics competitions, education and initiatives and proceeds from this event will continue to support scholarships and robotics clubs across north Alabama and southern Tennessee. Many of the teams we support compete in Regional and National robotics competitions and several teams will be showcasing their unmanned/robotics projects in the exhibit hall. The students have been preparing all year for this event and are enthusiastic to show off their efforts. Please join us for this year’s exciting and informative event.

There are many ways to participate – as an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor. State, Federal (Military and Civilian), and Educational (including students) personnel will be allowed to participate at NO FEE.