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Jack Elston

Black Swift Technologies
Greater Denver Area
Dr. Elston has over 14 years experience working in the UAS field, and is the CEO/President and co-founder of Black Swift Technologies.  Dr. Elston is also the technical lead on all avionics work at BST including the creation of a low cost, highly capable autopilot system along with unique networking technologies to enable cooperative control of UAS.  Dr. Elston received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011 where his research culminated in the design of a UAS used to conduct the first ever intercept of a tornadic supercell thunderstorm by an unmanned aircraft.  Dr. Elston’s has been directly involved the development of many different unmanned aircraft systems and has conducted hundreds of flight experiments in difficult conditions including surveys at 14,000 ft and operations in the Arctic.