On Friday, the Dayton Development Coalition announced the Ohio UAS Conference will be return to the Sinclair Community College campus in 2013. It will be held April 23 through April 25.
“The UAS activity throughout the Dayton Region makes this the perfect location to represent Ohio to a national and international audience,” said Maurice McDonald, vice president of military affairs for the DDC and conference chair.
Within days of the inaugural conference in April, the DDC saw a spike in interest from aerospace companies that were interested in opening operations in the Dayton region.
The two-day Ohio UAS Conference —held in collaboration with the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council — drew a sellout crowd of more than 450 people. Attendees came from 22 states, as well as Israel and a European Aerospace Consortium, and more than 130 companies were represented.
The use of unmanned vehicles has come to the forefront as their use in military missions has skyrocketed, a role expected to continue growing. The pilotless craft also are being used for an increasing number of commercial applications, such as agriculture.