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GRAND FORKS — The Alerus Center will host the 13th Annual UAS Summit and Expo Tuesday and Wednesday and will feature multiple keynote speakers from aviation sector leaders in a panel moderated by Sen. John Hoeven.

The summit, produced by UAS Magazine, brings together commercial, government and military leaders to discuss the future of unmanned aerial systems as well as provide exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest technologies.

At 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Daniel Elwell and Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff and highest ranking uniformed officer of the U.S. Air Force, will appear on the main stage in a discussion on the state of unmanned aerial systems. Hoeven will represent North Dakota as he moderates the discussion.

At noon Tuesday, Brandon Baumbach of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and the Drone Biz team have created a “micro-agenda” of speakers to talk about lessons learned about the drone business, and how new technology has impacted end-users.

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“The UAS Summit and Expo has a long track record bringing leaders with the unmanned systems industry,” Baumbach said. “This year will highlight yet another North Dakota innovation, a plan to complete a beyond visual line of sight statewide network. The conference is a unique opportunity to meet and network with private sector and public sector leaders in the industry.”

The two-day event features panels on a number of subjects ranging from large UAS operations, flights over people, future UAS use, and beyond visual line of sight.

This event is not open to the public and registration is necessary. The summit starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday and runs until 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For the full schedule and registration information, visit www.theuassummit.com.

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