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The Drones are Coming!

The Drones are Coming!

The event will feature workshops on the use of small drones with video capability. The conference is targeted to an audience of professionals, hobbyists and amateur drone pilots.


Look out Alamogordo and Truth or Consequences, you’re about to become the center of the  drone universe.

For three days next March, more than 1,000 drone pilots and photographers — both professional and amateur — will converge  on Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport for the first-ever Spaceport America Drone Summit.

On the agenda will be small drone racing event designed to help drone pilots measure their skills in a quantitative way, organizers announced. Small drones are classified by the FAA as those weighing a maximum of 55 pounds flying at a maximum altitude of 400 feet.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting and educational summit for small drones at Spaceport America,” said Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson. “Our 12,000-foot spaceway and north campus are perfect for this type of multifaceted event and can easily accommodate thousands of participants.”

Events will include:

Three drone race categories and race tracks; obstacle, cinematography and freestyle, speakers from both the film and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industries, demos and workshops teaching practical skills, drone industry vendors and screenings of footage and movies shot with drones

“Our race program has been designed to test pilots abilities based on speed, safety, and navigation around obstacles,” said Chief Pilot DroneU™ Paul Aitken.  “As well, a panel of experts will be judging aerial footage shot and edited on the spot.”

“Small drone use in filmmaking allows directors to shoot scenes that were previously impossible,” emphasized Jon Hendry, Member of the Board, New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back. “The Spaceport America Drone Summit will demonstrate how drone use is changing the way movies are made and premiere stunning aerial cinematography.”

Speaker and workshop content about the use of small drones with video capability is targeted to an audience of professionals, hobbyists and amateur drone pilots in the fields of engineering, construction, development, ranching and farming, cinematography, weddings, government, oil and gas and real estate, among others.

Conference registration sales began today at www.spaceportdronesummit.com.  For information regarding sponsorship and vendor opportunities contact info@spaceportdronesummit.com

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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