The Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission has welcomed seven Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) members to its 19-person team.

AUVSI appointees include John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences, who will also serve as the commission's chair; Tom Dingus, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; David Hamrick, MITRE Corp.; Young Kim, Digital Harvest; Scott Strimple, United Airlines; Steve Weidner, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association; and Robert E. Dehnert, Raytheon.
 
Brian Wynne has nothing but good things to say about the efforts of Gov. Terry McAuliffe in appointing civilian industry representatives to work with the administration to determine how Virginia can be a national leader in the development systems such as unmanned aircraft systems, self-driving ground vehicles and unmanned marine systems. He says these technologies enable professionals to execute dangerous and difficult tasks safely and efficiently, saving time, money and  lives.
 
"The formation of the Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission shows the commonwealth's dedication to realizing the potential of these technologies and the importance of collaborating with a variety of stakeholders to enable future successes,” Wynne says.
 
"Unmanned systems are already proving a transformative force in lives around the world. From UAS, or drones, that provide critical assistance for search and rescue, firefighting and disaster relief efforts to unmanned underwater vehicles that allow humans to safely survey vital underwater infrastructure and search for wreckages, robotic technologies are extending our capabilities, contributing to a safer world and ushering in a future with limitless possibilities."

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. It represents more than 7,500 members from at least 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.