|Douglas Marshall presents talk in Moscow|
Douglas Marshall, associate professor in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, made a presentation titled “International Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft in International Offshore Airspace” at the Third Moscow International Forum for Unmanned Multipurpose Vehicle Systems held in Moscow, Russian Federation Jan. 27-29. The third international conference and exhibition was presented within the framework of the Global Access Initiative, a multinational effort to promote civilian, scientific and non-military commercial utilization of unmanned aircraft. The conference was organized by UVS International, Paris, France, and supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council Committee on Defense & Security, the State Duma Committees on Security and Industry, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, the Interstate Aviation Committee, the International Union of Aviation Industry, the Moscow Aviation Institute and a number of other Russian government and non-governmental organizations.
The focus of the forum was the development and use of unmanned aircraft in energy, oil and gas exploration and production, fire and rescue, and scientific research applications, with specific emphasis on regulatory issues and technical limitations of and requirements for effective use of unmanned aircraft systems. Presentations by experts from several European nations that augmented the top-level briefings by the Russian delegates opened doors and provided foundations for further discussions, especially among the Arctic nations (those who have regulatory authority over and sovereign territory in the Arctic regions), regarding collaborative global efforts to monitor and understand the forces of climate change and the potential impact on humanity of those changes. UND is part of a collaborative effort between government, industry and academia to provide resources and expertise that facilitates access to the Arctic regions for the purpose of monitoring of Arctic ice and pollution, polar ecology, climate change, and marine mammals such as whales, ice seals, walrus and polar bears.