Rob Knochenhauer

Protocol UAS

Rob Knochenhauer is a strong technical leader with 20+ years’ experience in complex electromechanical systems, primarily unmanned vehicles (ground, sea and air). Mr. Knochenhauer excels at guiding multidisciplinary teams of mechanical, electrical and software engineers to conceptualize, design, build and evaluate practical electromechanical systems in response to novel challenges.

In the past four years, Mr. Knochenhauer has been on the leading edge of developing a pathway to integrate UAS (drone) operations into the National Airspace System (first under a 333 exemption and now under 14 CFR 107). At GreenSight, Mr. Knochenhauer led the development of the UAS operational scheme wherein unmanned aircraft (drones) are run at customer locations with a 107 certificated remote pilot (RP) on site who maintains VLOS with the drone while it flies. While the drone is flying, the operation is overwatched by another 107 certificated RP in GreenSight’s Boston office and that person ensures that the drone are functioning properly and if something unexpected occurs, our RP is in direct communication with the on-site remote pilot to quickly and safely recover the drone.

Currently, Mr. Knochenhauer is continuing to support GreenSight’s regulatory pursuits (complex operational waivers under Part 107) and now working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division leading the effort to help the Commonwealth secure advanced operational waivers for the emerging drone program in the state. Beyond those pursuits, Mr. Knochenhauer is actively seeking ways that to leverage his experience in establishing drone operations for new applications and working with regulators to continue to safely push the envelope on what our industry can accomplish within the legal framework for drone operations under the venture of Protocol UAS.

Mr. Knochenhauer has a BS in Electromechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Umass Lowell where he authored his Master’s thesis: “Development of a 500-Watt portable generator” (