Mark Palmer

Thales – ATM Business Line, France

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Mark Palmer is currently the Innovation Director for Thales Air Traffic Management Business Line. He is leading the innovation across 8 Sites and 7 Countries. Before this role Mark has served as the head of the joint avionics and air traffic management innovation lab and as the technical director for air traffic management in Australia for Thales. Early in his career Mark worked as a software engineer on many projects including the Hawk Leadin Fighter avionics software for BAE Systems.


UAVs are perceived as a threat by law enforcement authorities, a concern for airspace and population safety by civilian authorities while the requests for UAV operations are growing at an incredible rate both in volume and in patterns. On top of this situation we observe from a country to another different regulations, processes, contexts and even different societal acceptance maturities.

By presenting Thales UTM Solutions, Mark will demonstrate that industries can bring solutions to the community and contribute to enable efficient, safe and secure UAV traffic management. Mark will conclude on what the community should do to make a significant step further.

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