sUAS Systems & Safety – UAS Foundations



    Course Length: 9 Weeks (40 Hours)

    College Credits: 3

    Course Objective: The course objective is to…
    Provide an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of UAS technology to include the hardware and software
    inclusions and gain a holistic view of concerns facing UAS integration into the National Airspace.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

    • identify important UAS technologies, platforms, and systems;
    • explain the origins and development of unmanned aviation for commercial and government applications of small
      UAS technology;
    • generalize the principles of small unmanned aircraft systems aerodynamics and performance;
    • analyze the key concepts and theories associated with Remote Sensing;
    • categorize UAS control stations and the method of UAS control;
    • distinguish between and identify appropriate datalink configurations.


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    The general course topics include:

    • foundations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) more commonly referred to as drones
    • unmanned aircraft systems and classification
    • current issues for unmanned aircraft system operations
    • robotics
    • aerodynamics and performance
    • unmanned aircraft movement
    • unmanned aircraft system datalinks
    • radio frequency communications and limits
    • unmanned aircraft datalink configurations
    • ground control station equipment
    • ground control station architecture
    • role of the human remote pilot
    • remote sensing
    • active and passive sensors
    • cameras and other payloads

    Course Schedule

    Introductions, Certification Explanation, Orientation to LMS, Orientation Exam

    Start Unit 1: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Assignment: Defining Concepts. UAS Classification, Assignment: UAS

    A Brief History of UAS, Assignment: Other Historical Systems, Current Issues in UAS, Assignment: Other
    important issues to consider, Unit 1 Progress Check Exam

    Start Unit 2: Introduction to Robotics, Exercise: Robotic System Components, Exercise: Troubleshooting,
    Aerodynamics and Performance, Exercise: Aerodynamics and Performance, Unmanned Aircraft Movement, Exercise:
    Aircraft Movement, Unit 2 Progress Check Exam

    Start Unit 3: Datalink Basics, Definitions, Datalink Functions, RF Communications and Limits, Assignment:
    Issues facing radio frequency propagation

    UAS Robust Datalink Configuration, Assignment: Extending a datalink’s range, Assignment: Loss of Datalink,
    Unit 3 Progress Check Exam

    Start Unit 4: Ground Control Station Equipment, Assignment: Human Factors and the Ground Control Station,
    Exercise: GCS Design, Ground Control Station Architecture, Assignment: UAS architecture and Mission Planning

    Role of the Human Remote Pilot, Assignment: Sense and Avoid Technology, Unit 4 Progress Check Exam, Start
    Unit 5: Remote Sensing, Exercise: Remote Sensing, Quiz: Remote Sensing

    Active and Passive Sensors, Exercise: Active and Passive Sensors, Cameras and Other Payloads, Exercise: image
    Interpretation, Assignment: Capturing an Image, Unit 5 Progress Check Exam, Final Exam

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