The technology behind UAS is evolving at a very rapid rate. The examples and links below are a starting point to introduce you to some of the players in the development of UAS technology and operations.
Types of UAS
The most common type of UAS used in the fire service is the multi-rotor or quad-copter platform and weighs less than 55 pounds. This type gives the user flexibility to maneuver the UAS and its sensors at any altitude and position within the capability of the device and regulatory framework. These UAS are currently being used on a variety of smaller area incidents such as building fires, EMS incidents, motor vehicle crashes and hazardous materials incidents.
- Flight time based on battery life, range based on radio reception and regulatory conditions.
- The smaller UAS are greatly affected by wind and may be unusable during high wind conditions.
Larger platform (greater than 55 pounds), fixed-wing UAS have proven very useful on larger area and longer duration incidents such as wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes. These UAS do not have the same flexibility of providing low level operations, but instead provide longer duration, macro level views of large scale and long duration incidents.
- Inability to do low level flight
- Require a larger take-off and landing space
- May be subject to additional regulations.
$15,000 and up
UAS Research and Study
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Systems Applications
Master of Science in Unmanned Systems
The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)
A Technology Survey of Emergency Recovery and Flight Termination Systems for UAS
Influencing Factors for Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Support of Aviation Accident and Emergency Response
Current State of UAS Standards and Regulations
University of Nevada
UAS minor and courses
Idaho State University
Three-part seminar that covers the history of the UAS, how it works and real world applications
University of North Dakota
Center for UAS Research, Education and Training
UAS Research, Development, and Design Projects
Podcasts and Media
UAS Degree Program
Kansas State Polytechnic
Bachelor’s Degree, UAS Academic curriculum
Indiana State University
Oklahoma State University
School of Aeronautics: UAS (B.S.)
Unmanned Vehicle University
UAV Pilot Training
Doctorate Degree in Unmanned Systems Engineering
Masters Degree in Unmanned Systems Engineering
Middle Tennessee State University
UAS Operations Program
Ohio State University
Aerospace Research Center