In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 UAS Summit and Expo is moving to October.

The two-day event will be held at the Alerus Center on Oct. 13-14, more than a month after its original date in early September. The Expo, now in its 14th year, is expected to bring together more than 500 industry leaders and end-users of unmanned aerial systems, to discuss the future use of commercial, government and military drones.

“Due to all of the circumstances hovering around events this year, we made the decision to move the show to October,” said John Nelson, sales and marketing director for UAS Magazine, in a press release.

Government and military speakers are on the agenda to give an explanation and update on the progress of integrating drones into the national air system. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will explain policy changes for small and medium drones, and manufacturers will be on hand to explain their vision for future drone use. Leading researchers in UAS, also on the agenda, will provide a glimpse into some of the ongoing work being done to bring that vision to fruition.

“For the first-time, the summit will showcase a new format,” said Luke Geiver, program developer. “Attendees will receive two days of keynote presentations, panel discussions and TEDx-style talks on the industry’s most pressing issues, new technology offerings and the near-term future of UAS.”

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The expo starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, and runs through 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. In addition to the presentations and keynote speakers, there will be an ice-cream social in the afternoon, followed by an evening reception. Day two of the expo will feature a keynote address on the future of UAS activities, policies and next-generation technology.

The event is not open to the public, and registration is necessary. Admission for military members is free for those who attend in uniform and present a military ID. Registration information can be found at