New England UAS and AAM Summit  – Boarding Pass to the Next Era of Aviation 

October 4-5, 2023 – Burlington, MA 

The New England Chapter of the Association of Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) is dedicated to professional development, networking, public outreach, and advocacy in support of robotic or automated vehicle systems with a particular focus on the New England region.

Join us at our annual summit co-hosted by AUVSI New England, NDIA New England, and MassAutonomy. Learn about the latest developments in UAS (uncrewed aircraft systems or drones) and AAM (advanced air mobility) from the perspectives of businesses, federal regulatory agencies, state transportation organizations, operators, and technology developers. 

When: Wednesday-Thursday, October 4-5, 2023 


Northeastern University Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts 

147 South Bedford St., Bldg 5, Burlington, MA 01830  

New England has hundreds of companies, large and small, working on the advancement, development, production, and utilization of uncrewed systems. Applications range from inspecting infrastructure and airspace safety to building a new ecosystem of clean aircraft for new forms of mobility. The Summit covers these diverse topics, along with a demonstration of new technologies.  

Topics include: 

Real-world perspectives for AAM planning and implementation 

Complex UAS operations today 

Ensuring airspace safety around airports 

Counter UAS programs 

Critical technologies to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations 

Drones as First Responder (DFR) programs 

Industry implications for evolving regulations 

Massachusetts leadership guiding global AAM roadmaps 

Reinventing airports for electric flight 

Speakers include leaders from: 

The FAA 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) 


Northeastern University 

Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems 

U.S. Army 

Industry innovators in AI, robotics, and advanced sensing from the New England area and beyond. 

Demonstrations – Afternoon on Day 2 (October 5) 

An ambitious undertaking to show the power of autonomous flight in action. Held at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus and surrounding airspace. 

Interactive Panel #1 – Critical technology for BVLOS operations 

A simulated BVLOS using a Censys Technologies Corporation VTOL aircraft with a flight area monitored using MatrixSpace Radar, Dedrone Defense Detection Systems, and MassDOT Aeronautics WISP IR detection system. 

Interactive Panel #2 – Critical technology for DFR operations 

A simulated DFR (drone as first responder) response showing DFR BVLOS operations: an incoming emergency call; a semi-automated/automated response to provide UAV surveillance of the response area; and sensors used to detect and track the DFR vehicle while also keeping the airspace clear of intruders. Participants include Axon, the Boston Police Department, CounterDrone, MassDOT Aeronautics, MatrixSpace, and a team of first responders. 

Who should attend?  

Government, industry, and academic leaders developing UAS and AAM markets, operations, policy, and technologies.  

Also, it is open to local high school students interested in learning about this dynamic sector. 

See the current agenda and registration details here

If you are a member of the media and would like to attend for free, please let us know at the email below.