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By the end of the Vietnam War, the potential for Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) technology began gaining momentum and in 1972, the National Association of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (NARPV) was created to promote and advance this rapidly growing industry.

By the late 1970's, RPV's became known as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), but the newly recognized term "unmanned" encompassed more than just air vehicles. Growing developments in the ground, maritime and space arenas caused the organization to broaden its reach and in 1978, the NARPV expanded its focus and services to create a community that included all unmanned systems disciplines. The community became known as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVS).

Through the 80s and 90s, AUVS mirrored the fast pace of growth of the unmanned systems industry, and the demand for the organization's services began to reach globally. In 1996, AUVS adopted an international focus and became the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

AUVSI continues as the hub of the global unmanned systems and robotics community. Through communication, education, advocacy, awareness and leadership, the organization continues to promote and support the unmanned systems and robotics industry. 

AUVSI is the world's largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.  Serving 7,500+ members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotic technologies.  AUVSI members support defense, civil and commercial sectors. 

AUVSI provides opportunities for information exchange, networking and business development and is the best resource for simply learning about unmanned systems and robotics or for staying abreast of the latest program and technology updates.


San Diego is at the forefront of unmanned systems technology - rich in technology in both the Public and Private Sectors, San Diego is the ideal region for conduction an effective business interface for the mutual benefit of all members.

San Diego is 
"The Global Center of Excellence for Unmanned Systems and Technology"

The San Diego Lindbergh Chapter is dedicated to the advancement  of Unmanned Systems and Technology in the greater Southwest region.  The Chapter enthusiastically engages in initiatives with the public and private sector for the advancement and advocacy of Unmanned Systems, and is a value added resource for the integration and interoperability of space, air, ground, sea and undersea systems.

Our long term objectives include:

  • Increase public awareness and recognition of unmanned systems and their value and contributions to global an homeland security, the environment and science;
  • Establish San Diego as a global center of excellence and city of choice for quality of life and exciting careers and growth opportunities in unmanned systems;
  • Use unmanned systems to stimulate renewed interest in science and engineering in the San Diego county schools.

Become a AUVSI San Diego Lindbergh Chapter Member today - click on the "Membership" link! 


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