Air Shepherd at AUVSI Press Release
Air Shepherd Program and Lindbergh Foundation Chairman John L. Petersen to Serve as Panelist at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016 Tradeshow — Panel Will Cover Environment and Conservation
Petersen’s presentation to highlight Air Shepherd drone operations used to protect elephants and rhinos from poachers
Berkeley Springs, WV—April 28, 2016—The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd program, developed to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching using drones, today announced that chairman, John Petersen will speak at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL Tradeshow on Tuesday May 3rd at 1:30 pm as part of a panel on conservation and environmental projects that utilize drone technology.
One of five panelists, Petersen will discuss how the Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd program is proving effective with two drone teams currently flying in South Africa. Using drones with thermal cameras to spot poachers before they have the opportunity to kill elephants or rhinos, Air Shepherd’s mobile command centers move to threat areas and operate at night when poachers are active.
Each team, consisting of a sensor operator and pilot, controls electric drones flying at distances of up to 50 km for missions that last up to five hours. Petersen is chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation and founder and president of the Arlington Institute. A former aircraft carrier based naval aviator, Petersen built his own aircraft and flies aerobatic planes. His varied national security and futurist background includes stints on the National Security Council Staff at the White House. He developed the concept for the Air Shepherd program.
Other panelists participating include:
Dr. David Bird: Emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University in Canada.
Katie Sweeney: Fish biologist at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA.
Todd Jacobs: Deputy superintendent of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Jeff L. Sloan: Project leader of USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems, project office.
The panel will take place from 1:30pm until approximately 3pm with each panelist presenting a 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A from the audience.
“I am honored to be part of this prestigious panel of experts concerned about conservation,” said John Petersen, chairman of the board of the Lindbergh Foundation. “Drones are making a difference in this area on multiple fronts and coming together to share these developments is crucial for continuing progress.”
To find out how to fund Air Shepherd teams and for more information, visit www.airshepherd.org.
About Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd Program
Developed by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, the Air Shepherd program is using drones and data analytic capabilities to protect rhinos and elephants in Africa. Using sophisticated three-aircraft operating teams that work with rangers on the ground, drones are flown over high probable poaching areas, allowing rangers to intercept suspects before a poaching incident can take place. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, the Lindbergh Foundation has dedicated more than 35 years to sustaining the Lindbergh legacy—using technology to help balance the effects of human development on the environment. For more information and to donate, please visit www.lindberghfoundation.org or www.airshepherd.org.
AUVSI has been the industry’s go-to organization for more than 40 years. Advancements in technology are allowing us AUVSI to build upon a noble heritage of protecting citizens around the world. XPONENTIAL captures the potential of robotics and unmanned systems, and defines AUVSI’s commitment to the public – now and into the future. XPONENTIAL serves as the intersection for commercial, defense and civil applications, and advancing all domains.
For more information, please visit www.xponential.org.