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Rethink Vertical Podcast
The Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative, brings you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff. These immersive conversations highlight where the industry is today and how it will shape the technology of tomorrow.

Join host Craig Mahaney on the third Thursday of every month as he interviews the industry’s most innovative thinkers and doers.

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September 21, 2023 – Ryan Walsh (Valqari)

In this week’s episode of Rethink Vertical, Valqari Founder & CEO Ryan Walsh joins host Craig Mahaney. Ryan has spent the last decade working on fully autonomous drone delivery solutions and is the lead inventor on 29 issued drone delivery related patents, with 31+ patent applications currently in the pipeline.

Ryan is a recognized expert in the industry, and this conversation offers his unique and unfiltered perspective on running a technology startup.


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August 24, 2023 – Josh O'Leary (Airwise Solutions)

In this episode, Airwise Solutions Chief Technology Officer Josh O'Leary joins to talk about the challenges of BVLOS operations and how software products that create sophisticated situational awareness and visualization are imperative as the industry scales. You won't find a more passionate advocate for the UAS/AAM industry - this is an episode you don't want to miss!

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July 20, 2023 – Kraettli Epperson (Vigilant Aerospace Systems)

This week's guest is Kraettli Epperson, CEO and Co-founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems. Vigilant works to license and commercialize NASA flight safety technologies and also develops new situational awareness, detect-and-avoid solutions.

Kraettli and host Craig Mahaney discuss BVLOS drone operations and how detect and avoid technology creates a critical and reliable safety parameter for fully autonomous vehicles in the future. About Vigilant Aerospace Systems:

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June 15, 2023 – Julia Norsetter (Reed Smith)

This week, Julia Norsetter, Transportation Policy Lead at Reed Smith joins host Craig Mahaney in what turned out to be a very timely conversation. Julia and Craig discuss the challenges and opportunities in advanced air mobility and what industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are doing to move the adoption of this technology forward. Shortly after the recording of this episode, the FAA released a notice of proposed rulemaking surrounding unpublished integration of powered lift pilot certification and operations.

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May 25, 2023 – Omer Sharar (infiniDome)

In this episode of Rethink Vertical, host Craig Mahaney talks with infiniDome's Cofounder and CEO, Omer Sharar. InfiniDome develops GPS protection and resilient navigation solutions tailored to defend UAVs and vehicles from jamming attacks.Craig and Omer talk about the vulnerabilities of GPS, the effect on commercial and defense UAS operations, and how infiniDome is working to mitigate the problems at hand.


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April 27, 2023 – Andrew Carter and Ryan Pleskach (ResilienX)

In this episode of Rethink Vertical, host Craig Mahaney talks with ResilienX Co-founders Andrew Carter and Ryan Pleskach. RelisienX is the market leader for in-time aviation safety management system software and Andrew and Ryan have a great founder’s story to tell.


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April 6, 2023 – Guillaume Catry and Nicolas Bosson (WindShape)

Exciting news from Tulsa! WindShape, a Swiss innovation company emerged in 2016 as a world leader in drone research, development, testing, and validation. As part of its expansion plans, WindShape has recently signed an agreement with Osage LLC to establish a state-of-the-art indoor drone testing and validation center at the Skyway36 Droneport and Technology Innovation Center. Co-founders Guillaume Catry and Nicolas Bosson join host Craig Mahaney to talk about their entrepreneurship journey, and why they are excited for what’s to come in Oklahoma.


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February 16, 2023 – Aaron Pierce (Pierce Aerospace)

Aaron Pierce, Founder and CEO of Pierce Aerospace joins host Craig Mahaney to talk about his company's Remote ID technology, the challenges of running a dual use startup, how he approached pitching to investors, and much more!

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