AUVSI: Photo Wrapup

A look at the AUVSI show floor, Aug. 13, 2013


Last week, Washington DC played host to the world’s largest “drone conference” – the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) convention. The size of the event has grown alongside the use of unmanned systems, with show officials putting out a final tally of “more than 8,100 attendees and nearly 600 exhibitors.”

With another conference in the books,  Intercepts is emptying out its camera with some shots to give our readers a sense of the action. Above, you can see a birds-eye view taken from above the show floor. And if you’ll join us on the other side of the jump, you’ll find lots more. 

First, a roundup of our AUVSI coverage:

With that, please enjoy the following photos. All shots from my iPhone.

AUVSI was quite proud of its international flavor this year. One example is this targeting drone used for training, designed by Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Sikorsky was showcasing its new Matrix autonomy technology at the show, and featured a model of the test bed that they are using to test the system.

The majority of the show revolved around non-military use of UAVs. This is Canadian firm Eqquera's SG-EQQ UAV, designed for exploring the Arctic.

It’s easy to think of UAVs are large devices like the Global Hawk or Predator, with a team of controllers. But most of the systems are small, and some, such as these hand-launched airframes from Brandebury Tool Company, can be carried around with ease.

While the civil use of UAVs was a main focus of the show, defense companies were proud to show their wares. Here is a look at MBDA's Dual-Mode Brimstone system.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney brought a see-through model of its PW300 series engine.

SAAB showed off its Skeldar UAV at the show.

A number of states sent representatives to AUVSI. This Yeti was featured at Utah's booth.

With the number of companies showing their wares, everyone is looking for a way to catch the attention of individuals walking the floor. Kigre Lasers turned to World War II-era pin-up art to advertise its products.

Every afternoon at 4 PM, the conference meetings would conclude and the show floor would open with waiters serving snacks, stalls with beers, and plenty of companies looking to market their wares. This gentleman, representing DJI, was showcasing what was essentially a heavy duty remote-controlled helicopter.

Aaron Mehta

Aaron Mehta

Air Warfare Correspondent at Defense News
Aaron covers the Air Force for Defense News. In his spare time, he tweets about the Air Force for Defense News. Follow him @AaronMehta
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