GEOG 892
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Welcome to GEOG 892 - Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems


Quick Facts about GEOG 892

  • Instructor: Dr. Qassim Abdullah
  • Course Structure: Online, 10 weeks. There are 9 online quizzes, 11 activities including online discussions or reports development, UAS data processing using Pix4D software, and 1 final project


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, are developing aggressively, and many government and non-government agencies are considering acquiring such systems. This course will focus on the geospatial utilization of a UAS. It will cultivate students' knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the UAS and data post-processing systems. It introduces fundamental concepts surrounding operating a UAS such as strategies for selecting the right UAS, assessing its performance, managing resulting products (i.e. imagery), selecting the appropriate commercially available processing software, assessing product accuracy, figuring ways and means of producing metric products from UAS, and understanding rules and regulations governing operating a UAS in the United States.

Learn more about GEOG 892, Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (2 minutes)

Click here for a transcript of the course introduction video.

I'm Karen Schuckman, I'm the lead faculty for the Remote Sensing and Earth Observation certificate program. Qassim and I have known each other for many years. We worked together at the same company, and we continue to work together through the American Society for photogrammetry and remote sensing and I feel we're extremely lucky to have him teaching this course for us here at Penn State. The topic of unmanned aerial system is evolving very rapidly, it's getting very important, so you really need a place where you navigate that changes, the evolving regulation of the FAA, the evolving... the rapid changes in the technology. It's going in a very rapid pace. The course among other things will give you a final project where you started from the beginning. A real project where you select your platform and the UAS, the sensor you use, the remote sensing application. This course will help you succeed in your career and in your business whatever you pursuing in the unmanned aerial system for geospatial application.

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