Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

Learn about Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

What You'll Learn in GEOG 892

You’ll learn the fundamental concepts for operating a UAS, including strategies for selecting the right UAS, planning and simulating data collection, processing UAS imagery, and integrating drone data into geospatial decision making.

Topics We'll Cover:

Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) covers diverse topics including:

  • sensors and platforms;
  • civilian and remote sensing applications;
  • sensors calibration and boresighting;
  • Operational requirements of the UAS;
  • Concept of Operation for UAS;
  • data processing software;
  • Generation of digital data products such as ortho-rectified imagery and digital terrain surface;
  • current rules and regulations governing owning and operating a UAS in the United States;
  • concerns surrounding UAS safety, security and privacy issues.

Students will use Pix4D to process UAS data and "Mission Planner" to design a flight mission.

View the Syllabus

What’s the best way to determine if this class is for you? Check out the syllabus! This page shows all materials, how you’ll be graded, and lists assignments and a timeline for the class.

Degree & Certificate Programs

This class is part of Penn State's award winning Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs, which includes the Master of GIS degree and certificates in GIS, GEOINT, and Remote Sensing. All of these programs are taught online and designed around the needs of working professionals.

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What Our Students Say

"Drones are a powerful tool as well as a lot of fun. GEOG 892 provided me with a thorough understanding of UAV systems, regulations, and how to skillfully apply drones to mapping. It’s probably my favorite course that I took through Penn State."

- Nathan Mangsen

Meet the Faculty

Qassim Abdullah

Online Geospatial Education Programs

This course is part of Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs. For more information on our award-winning courses, certificates, and degree options, click below.