National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
As one of its first accomplishments, the USGS National UAS Project Office established a strategic partnership with the U.S. Army and able to obtain access to seventeen unmanned aerial system (sUAS). The AeroVironment produced system is a hand launched sUAS primarily designed as a reconnaissance and surveillance tool. The system transmits near real time airborne video images, compass headings and GPS location information to a ground control unit (GCU) and remote video terminal (RVT). The optics package includes an electro-optical (EO) color camera nose payload (side and forward looking) on the same payload and two infrared (IR) thermal nose payloads (a side look payload or a forward look payload). These initial systems have already proved to be invaluable in promoting and developing sUAS technology for civil and domestic applications.
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USGS Raven RQ-11A Poster