National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office

National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
Survey Coal Mines in West Virginia using THawk

Survey Coal Mines in West Virginia using THawk

Assess Park Boundary Fences, Haleakala National Park, Kula, Hawaii

Assess Park Boundary Fences, Haleakala National Park, Kula, Hawaii

Groundwater Discharge, Red Rocks Lake, Montana

Groundwater Discharge, Red Rocks Lake, Montana

Missouri Riverbank Erosion Study, South Dakota

Missouri Riverbank Erosion Study, South Dakota

Recent Missions

Identifying Abandoned Materials Using Unmanned Aerial Systems, Mojave National Preserve, CA

USGS UAS Office completes first THawk mission Inspecting Coal Mines in West Virginia

Project Highlights
Click on image for more information
Identifying Abandoned Materials

Identifying Abandoned Materials, Mojave National Preserve, CA

OSM Surface Mine Inspections

Surface Mine Inspections utilizing THawk, WV

Elwha River Restoration - Monitor River Sediment

Elwha River Restoration, Monitor River Sediment

Assess Park Boundary Fences, Haleakala National Park, HI

Assess Park Boundary Fences, Haleakala National Park, HI

Missouri River Bank Erosion, SD

Monitoring Soil Bank Erosion on Missouri River, SD

Sandhill Crane Population Estimates, CO

Sandhill Crane Population Estimates, CO

Blogs

USGS and NASA collaborate Mapping Underground Faults and Fractures in Surprise Valley, CA
Overview
The goal of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office is to support the integration of UAS technology into the process employed by USGS scientists to support informed decision making across the Department of the Interior. This integration will directly benefit the nation by creating the opportunity for USGS and our partners to gain access to an increased level of persistent monitoring of earth surface processes (forest health conditions, monitoring wildfires, earthquake zones, invasive species, etc.) in areas that have been difficult or nearly impossible to obtain information before. Each of the Bureaus in the Department is eagerly investing in the investigation of UAS to support their mandated missions. The USGS is working closely with partners from NOAA, DoD, DHS, NASA and academia to apply UAS technology in support of our specific and overlapping missions. The Dept. of the Interior has acquired Raven and T-Hawk small UAS systems (valued at nearly $15M) from the Department of Defense to conduct proof-of-concept projects; initiate UAS operator training; submit numerous Certificate of Authorization (COA) requests to the Federal Aviation Administration. The USGS has been nominated to serve as the DOI - Center of Excellence for Scientific Investigations by the DOI Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). The USGS UAS Project Office staff is recognized as subject matter experts not only for DOI but also internationally.


UAS currently utilized by the Project Office
Raven RQ-11A gMAV
      Raven RQ-11A RQ-16A T-Hawk

        USGS UAS Deployed Systems Video
Flash Player required to view videos: Get the Flash Player
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 to supplement their current aviation units with more cost effective aircraft for specific missions. The UAS systems currently in use by USGS operate on rechargeable batteries or easily obtained gasoline. There is very little maintenance costs associated with the systems and DoD has provided an ample supply of replacement parts.

In the News

Information Bulletin 14-03 Implementation of DOI_FAA MOA, January 2014

FAA selects UAS test sites, December 30, 2013.

Congressional Unmanned Systems Science & Technology Fair, 2013

What are the top ten civilian uses of drones that don't impinge privacy?, Sensors and Systems - July 2013

USGS UAS Program Does More with Less
Earth Imaging Journal - Jul/Aug 2013

Denver Post article examines USGS UAS Project Office interagency use of UAS Technology - Keeping Up With Drones- May 2013

New York Times article highlights USGS and Fish and Wildlife Service use of UAS to monitor Sandhill Cranes - A Drone's-Eye View of Nature - May 2013

USGS UAS Applications Podcast with Mike Hutt and Jeff Sloan for sUAS News - www.suasnews.com/suas-news-podcast/, January 2013

Q&A with the UAS Project Office Project Manager - Increasinghumanpotential.org



Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov/UAS/
Page Contact Information: Website Manager
Page Last Modified: Wednesday, 23-Apr-2014 15:01:37 Mountain Daylight Time