UAS Field Camp


Course Description

This course applies all of the theory and skills taught in the first two GUAS courses through hands-on field-based experience. Students will be responsible for planning and executing sUAS flight plans. They will spend their time in the field at FAA-approved flight sites to demonstrate live operation of sUAS platforms. This course follows up with what was introduced to the students in GUAS 2371, 2372, GISC 1311, 2420 and 1421. preflight plans, Navigation Plans using selected software, Maintain Flight Logs, Post Flight Reporting, UAS and associated equipment maintenance schedules, data acquisition, post processing analysis, and dissemination of data as cartographic mapping, reports and findings. flight dynamics, navigation and control, payload integration.

Apply the fundamentals of mapping learned as it applies with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (soaps) using digital imaging sensors to produce high resolution, spatially accurate 2D and 3D geospatial data products. The course will cover the full spectrum of UAS mapping from survey design to data processing to product assessment. Students will demonstrate the principles of UAS data acquisition for photogrammetric purposes including spatial referencing and establishment of ground control. Industry relevant commercial software will be utilized to process image sequences and derive planimetric maps, reflectance products, and 3D models of the terrain. The students will demonstrate the application of analysis workflows to assess the spatial fidelity of derived data products to optimize results for client needs. Techniques learned in this course can be applied to a variety of geospatial applications and various examples will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

  • The student will demonstrate obtain knowledge of UAS guidance, navigation and control. (multiple software’s for manual and autonomous flight);
  • The student will describe the basic principles of UAS operation requirements and develop suitable mission flight planning as per ConOps (Concepts of Operations);
  • The student will assess commercially available UAS and its suitability for the job;
  • The student will assess commercially available data processing software and its suitability for the job;
  • The student will design a UAS-based aerial imagery operation;
  • The student will design a UAS-based preflight mission;
  • The student will perform approved preflight planning and mission controls;
  • The student will demonstrate understanding of basic UAS elements;
  • The student will demonstrate a basic knowledge of UAS aerodynamics and flight dynamics;
  • The student will demonstrate the use of situational awareness assess risks surrounding operating a UAS and propose mitigation for such risks;
  • The student will design and demonstrate using RPIC Crew Resource Management Principles and Due Diligence assess flight mission pre and post;
  • The student will demonstrate using evaluate strength and weakness of different phases of the design;
  • The student will recommend a procedure for sensor calibration;
  • The student will recognize and recommend potential applications of the UAS for GIS operations; Platforms and softwares
  • The student will perform approved preflight planning and mission controls;
  • The student will be able to design UAS survey missions to collect appropriate spatial and spectral resolution data;
  • The student will demonstrate understanding of spatial accuracy and geoferencing approaches for UAS data.
  • The student will be able to process UAS data to generate geospatial data products such as orthomosaic images, 3D point cloud data, and Digital Surface Model (DSM);
  • The student will be able to analyze the quality of UAS-derived geospatial data products and produce a quality report;
  • The student will be able to adapt processing workflows to improve data quality;
  • The student will be able to synthesize UAS-derived geospatial data products in a GIS to perform 2D and 3D mapping of natural and built environments;
  • Basic Skill Requirements


    UASTEC - Del Mar College
    The Unmanned Autonomous Systems Technology Education Consortium is an NSF-funded project to develop the UAS technician workforce in South Texas. The consortium members include Del Mar College, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence.

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