National UAS Project Office

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office was established on May 8, 2008 to lead and coordinate the adoption of UAS data collection into the scientific, monitoring, and resource management functions of the Department of the Interior.

Early successes included a partnership with the US Army that provided access to two sUAS platforms, the AeroVironment Raven aircraft and the Honeywell T-Hawk vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system. This access allowed the office to make significant progress in the development of the training, operational procedures, and data processing requirements needed to cost effectively utilize UAS data collection. Operational access also allowed the office to reach a major milestone in March of 2011 when it successfully completed the first FAA approved UAS mission conducted by the DOI in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Today the National UAS Project Office continues to perform research activities that encompass a complete vision of DOI UAS operations, as outlined in the DOI UAS strategy, ranging from working with commercial UAS contracts to acquire imagery, collaborating with other agencies or universities to access larger or unique UAS platforms, sensors and data processing techniques, and an operational emphasis within the DOI on small UAS (sUAS) technology.

Email: uas@usgs.gov
Phone: 303-236-1308
Fax: 303-236-5349

Business hours:
Monday-Friday
8am to 5pm MDT
Excluding U.S. holidays

Mailing Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
GEC Science Center
P.O. Box 25046, DFC
MS 980
Lakewood, CO 80225

Physical Address:
Denver Federal Center
(Corner of Kipling & 6th Avenue)
Building 25, Entrance E14
Lakewood, CO

Jeff Sloan

Jeff Sloan
Team Lead & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-236-1308
Email: jlsloan@usgs.gov

Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer
Mission Operator & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-236-1247
Email: mabauer@usgs.gov

Joe Adams

Joe Adams
Mission Operator & Data Management
Phone: 303-236-2906
Email: jdadams@usgs.gov

Todd Burton

Todd Burton
Mission Operator & Data Anaylsis
Phone: 303-236-1302
Email: tburton@usgs.gov

Jill Cress

Jill Cress
Project & Web Manager
Phone: 303-236-1248
Email: jjcress@usgs.gov

Isaac Anderson

Isaac Anderson
Mission Operator & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-236-5020
Email: ianderson@usgs.gov

Bill Christiansen

Bill Christiansen
National Aviation Manager
USGS
Phone: 303-236-5513
Email: wdchrist@usgs.gov