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2014 Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit Announced for March 28, 2014

Dated:  March 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2014 Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit Announced for March 28, 2014
Contact: James L Grimsley, USA-OK President
E-mail:  contact@usa-ok.org
Norman, OK – The Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma (USA-OK) is hosting the fifth annual Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Friday, March 28, 2014 on the campus of Northeastern State University (NSU). 

"2014 is a pivotal year for the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry worldwide and in Oklahoma", said USA-OK President James L Grimsley. "For the last few decades, the aerospace industry has represented a significant portion of our state's economy and the unmanned aerial systems industry is expected to be the most dynamic growth sector within aerospace in the next decade.  The UAS industry will be particularly important to Oklahoma because it directly impacts and benefits the biggest segments of our economy, including aerospace, agriculture, defense and energy."

Oklahoma is committed to fostering economic development and growth for the UAS industry so in 2011 Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin created the Governor's Unmanned Aerial Systems Council.  This council is led by the Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology and includes representatives from the UAS industry, state government and academia.  During the past few years, the council has organized an impressive list of resources and assets including existing statewide collaborations which will be vitally important to the nation as unmanned aerial systems are allowed to safely operate within the national airspace.

The 2014 Summit will cover a diverse set of subjects and topics including the use of UAS for agriculture, advanced weather monitoring and research, along with innovative applications for the energy and utility industries and in lifesaving response and situation monitoring during natural or man-made disasters.  The summit will also include a panel discussion that will review our nation's progress toward achieving safe UAS integration into the national airspace system as mandated by Congress in 2012.  The Summit will also include presentations from several national and international UAS and industry experts.

For more information about the summit, or to register, please visit:  http://www.uasoklahoma.com

About USA-OK: The Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma (USA-OK) is a state chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). More information about USA-OK is at http://www.usa-ok.org and more information about AUVSI is at http://www.auvsi.org.