MSET UxS Tech Showcase 2017
June 1st, 2017
The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) on June 1st, 2017 hosted a technology showcase featuring the systems, services, and infrastructure support in Mississippi in conjunction with the Navy’s Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration held in and along the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico coast. The Showcase took place in the hangar at the Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, MS and highlighted many of the companies with headquarters or offices in the state that support unmanned systems missions, as well as companies that might consider a Mississippi location. A number of companies displayed their unmanned systems for the attendees, brought models of their systems, or showed videos of their system’s operations.
The showcase also highlighted Mississippi Universities with research and educational programs supporting unmanned systems. Numerous unmanned systems used in government missions, as well as commercial efforts, were on exhibit.
The highlight of the event was the creation of the Governor's Ocean Task Force by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant via his signing Executive Order 1401. The Task Force will focus on the existing and growing activities in oceanography, unmanned maritime vehicles, technical workforce development, and marine science research in the State, and create a plan to move the State forward in this industry sector. MSET’s CEO, Robbie Ingram, was named to the Task Force, which will be headed by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Monty Graham.
Following the signing of the Ocean Task Force executive order, the Governor delivered an inspiring keynote address to the crowd. Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet followed with an additional keynote that laid out plans for similar and expanded events in the future.
“Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors for the event,” stated MSET’s CEO, Robbie Ingram. “With their support, we could put together a high-quality event with good food, good information, and good forward momentum. Special thanks to Teledyne Web, Hydroid, and L3 OceanServer for their sponsorship.”
The Navy’s Operational Demonstration was initiated as a result of Gallaudet’s Unmanned Systems Strategy to expand the use of these systems not only in the Navy’s survey operations, but during other Navy operations and missions.
For information regarding the Navy's Task Force Ocean see:
GULFPORT, MS – Government and military leaders congratulate Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (seated) after he signs the executive order creating the Mississippi Ocean Task Force. With Bryant are U.S. Rep. Steve Palazzo of Mississippi (far left), U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi (blue shirt), and RDML Tim Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy.