Drone Pathfinder Catalyst programme community webinar

DATE: 31 March, 2021

LOCATION: Online Webinar

START TIME: 10:00 am END TIME: 1:00 pm

Join us for the Government Drone Pathfinder Community Webinar on 31st March

The Government’s Pathfinder Programme is part of a wider programme of work across the UK’s public and private sectors, aimed at enabling integration of drones into UK airspace.

The programme aims to rapidly drive progress in drone technology and regulation over the next ten years, enabling industry and the public sector to fully exploit the market in areas such as geo-mapping, infrastructure inspections, surveying and logistics to both commercial and public-sector industries.

These community events provide an opportunity for the UAV community to share experiences and form connections. Pathfinder Steering Committee updates from DFT, BEIS, CAA and CPC, plus industry presentations.

Speakers

Fozia Chughtai

Head of Drones Policy, Emerging Aviation Technology Policy

Department for Transport

Gordon Baker

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lead

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Jennifer Cooke

Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

John McKenna

CEO

Sees.ai

John Henderson

Technical Director

Trax International Ltd

Dave Pankhurst

Head of Drone Solutions

BT Enterprise

Andrew Chadwick

Technology Initiative Manager

Connected Places Catapult

Chris Gee

Principal Engineer

Connected Places Catapult

David Pounder

Systems Engineer

Connected Places Catapult

Howie Chau

Systems Engineer

Connected Places Catapult

Agenda

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and Introduction by Connected Places Catapult

David Pounder, Systems Engineer, Connected Places Catapult

10:05 – 10:15

Department for Transport presentation

Fozia Chughtai, Head of Drones Policy, Emerging Aviation Technology, DfT

10:15 – 10:25

Supporting R&D and Business Growth in Robotics, including Drones

Gordon Baker, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lead, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

10:25 – 10:35

Pathfinder Steering Committee

  • Pathfinder 2020/21 Update by Howie Chau, Connected Places Catapult
  • Drone Pathfinder Catalyst Programme (2021/22) by Fozia Chughtai, DfT and Chris Gee, Connected Places Catapult
10:35 – 10:45

Audience Q&A

10:45 – 11:00

Airspace Integration of Drones in support of COVID Response Pathfinder

John Henderson, Technical Director, Trax International

11:00 – 11:15

Local BVLOS in Controlled Environments Pathfinder

John McKenna. CEO, sees.ai

11:15 – 11:30

Drone Demonstration & Development Pathfinder Overview and Outcomes

Jennifer Cooke,  Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

11:30 – 11:45

Unlocking BVLOS to realise the future of drone technology

David Pankhurst, Head of Drone Solutions, BT Enterprise

11:45 – 12:00

Open Access UTM project 2020/21 Outcomes

Chris Gee,  Principal Engineer, Connected Places Catapult

12:00 – 12:40

Drone Pathfinder Catalyst Programme – UK Sectors & Industry Roadmap

Panel discussion

Chaired by Andrew Chadwick, Technology Initiative Manager, Connected Places Catapult

Panellists 

  • Fozia Chughtai, Head of Drones Policy, Emerging Aviation Technology Policy, Department for Transport
  • Gordon Baker, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lead,  Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Howie Chau, Systems Engineer, Connected Places Catapult
12:40 – 13:00

Wrap up and close

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