Unmanned Aerial Systems

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project is implementing several small UAS ( 20 lbs.) platforms in proof of concept missions to support various environmental, land management and scientific missions. These include full motion video capabilities and variety of sensor capabilities including- magnetometers, temperature, radio telemetry, chemical and biological gas detection, and gimbal mounted “photogrammetric” cameras. The USGS is also partnering with the Department of Homeland Security- Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) to evaluate the increased flight and sensor capabilities of their high altitude, long endurance vehicles.. The USGS team in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) successfully demonstrated that a small UAS can provide a cost effective, repeatable and scientifically valid methodology for conducting Sandhill Crane population surveys. The USGS published the foundation document for UAS related efforts-United States Geological Survey Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap 2010 – 2025. The document will be updated as necessary to reflect changes in technology, regulations, and lessons learned.  http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov/UAS/