National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office is leading the research of UAS technology in anticipation of transforming the Department of the Interior (DOI) approach for collecting remote sensing data. UAS technology is being investigated by monitoring environmental conditions and landscape change rates, responding to natural hazards, recognize the consequences and benefits of land and climate change, conduct wildlife inventories and support related land management missions. The USGS is teaming with all of the DOI bureaus, academia, industry, state and local agencies under guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS) to lead the safe, efficient, cost-effective and leading-edge investigation of the potential uses for UAS technology in scientific research and operational activities of the Department.
National UAS Project Office Acquires Latest UAS Technology
Photo Credit: Pulse Aerospace
Pulse Vapor 55TM Helicopter
Vertical Take Off (VTOL)
Weight: Up to 30 lbs (payload dependent)
|UAS Derived Data Products|
|Data collected during UAS research projects are used to produce various derived data products. These products are generated by the USGS to help answer scientific and natural resource questions. Please click above to see a full listing of example products and descriptions.|
Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV
USGS and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service use unmanned aircraft systems to improve waterfowl survey accuracy (i.e. species identification, and count estimates) and eliminate pilot/passenger safety risks.
Klamath Basin, OR|
USGS-BIA-FWS-Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program utilize UAS technology to study stream temperature dynamics on the river systems within the Upper Klamath Basin
In The News
WASHINGTON - Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as "drones," interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can't.
Photogrammetric Accuracy of Real Time Kinematic Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems - Study conducted by the University of Colorado, Denver and Juniper Unmanned Aerial Systems for the United States Geological Survey
UAS Proves Value in U.S. Fish & Wildlife Pelican Survey at Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV - UAS Magazine
USGS UAS Project Office Factsheet
U.S. Geological Survey Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Roadmap 2014
Experimental Flights Using a Small Unmanned Aircraft System for Mapping Emergent Sandbars