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Wendy Okolo Featured as Panelist at 2021 AUVSI Exponential Conference
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Wendy Okolo Featured as Panelist at 2021 AUVSI Exponential Conference

Dr. Wendy Okolo, System-Wide Safety (SWS) Associate Project Manager and Diagnostics & Prognostics Deputy Group Lead, appeared as a panelist on the final day of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2021 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 19. The panel, entitled “Privacy, Security or Safety: Are They Mutually Exclusive?”, discussed the technical, policy, and social impacts to privacy and security issues surrounding Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) integration in the National Airspace System (NAS).

BACKGROUND: The SWS project is part of the Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) within NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). SWS performs high-risk research and development and is focused on exploring, discovering, and understanding the impact on safety from technical advancements in aviation and any associated emerging operations. To improve the efficiency of flight, access to airspace, and expansion of aviation services, SWS supports the transformation of the NAS by identifying the largest technical barriers to safety. SWS’ research involving emerging, unpiloted aircraft and urban operations helps pave the way for UAS to safely integrate into the NAS.

POINTS OF CONTACT: Wendy Okolo,; Allie Jannetta,

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