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Aug 2, 2023

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Sep 20, 2023
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sUAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Collaboration Event (CE)
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Request to Attend CLOSED August 25


The pilot innovation hub, HSWERX, a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and DEFENSEWERX (DWX), will host a Collaboration Event (CE) to identify needs and define requirements for Small Unmanned AircraftSystems (sUAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technologies and standards. During this open forum, participants from industry, academia, and national laboratories will consider specific challenge areas and develop potential paths forward with actionable plans for implementation. 


DHS would like to identify solutions for miniaturization of capabilities for sUAS so it can clear its own airspace. Smaller UAS (Group III and below) with onboard sensors that fulfill Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for sense and avoid would dramatically expand the ability to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS).  


Group III and below UAS are not authorized to fly within Continental United States (CONUS) BVLOS of the operator. For larger Group III and IV platforms, the FAA may grant limited waivers to fly BVLOS utilizing the same infrastructure and pilots that operate larger UAS platforms.

Why You Should Participate
The Collaboration Event (CE) is designed to provide insights to ensure that potential partners understand the problem set(s) fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with end user needs. This CE is also an opportunity for attendees to network and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution.

Following the CE, a subsequent Assessment Event (AE) may be initiated to analyze innovative solutions.

Event Timeline


Phase 1: September 20, 2023 Industry, Academia, and Laboratories Collaboration Event (CE): HSWERX will host the CE with government, industry, academic, and laboratory partners focused on DHS needs. During this event, government end users will interact with potential partners and further communicate operational needs, performance goals, and other desired criteria. 


This event will take place in person near Washington, DC.


Tentative Agenda
All times listed are in ET 08:30 – 09:00: Participants arrive and network 
09:00 – 09:05: DHS T2C Welcome 
09:05 – 09:10: HSWERX Welcome 
09:10 - 09:30: Challenge Overview 
09:30 – 10:30: Current Limitations Breakouts 
10:30 – 10:40: Break 
10:40 – 11:40: Ways to Overcome Limitations Breakout 
11:40 – 12:45: Lunch (on your own) 
01:00 – 03:00: Problem Statement Development 
03:00 – 03:15: Break 
03:15 – 04:15: Problem Statement Briefs 
04:15 – 04:30: Voting and Feedback 
04:30 – 04:45: Path Forward and Wrap-Up 

Note: Agenda is subject to change 


For event-related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim at

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Kinsey Crim



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