Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
A UAS is the unmanned aircraft (UA) and all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc., necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft.
The USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office is leading the development and testing of UAS scientific and resource management technology across the Department of the Interior (DOI), in coordination with the othe
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provide an affordable solution to those agencies that need "eyes in the sky" but don't have the budget to maintain a fleet of aircraft, obtain commercial satellite imagery or supplement their current aviation units with
The USGS unmanned aircraft systems activities currently focus on three UAS platforms:
Related to unmanned aircraft systems, what restrictions are in place to protect citizens' civil liberties and privacy concerns?
The Department of the Interior (and USGS) has taken the following actions related to privacy:
All data collected is processed and used in support of specific research objectives. The vast majority of the resource management and scientific data will be archived for long term use and placed in the public domain.
Training for USGS UAS operators is provided by the DOI Office of Aviation Services (oas.doi.gov), has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and is specific to the types of UAS that DOI operates.