GEOG 892
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Welcome to GEOG 892 - Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Quick Facts about GEOG 892

  • Course Structure: This course contains 10 lessons and there will be:
    • 9 online quizzes
    • 11 activities including online discussions or reports development
    • UAS data processing using Pix4D software
    • 1 final project
  • Overview: GEOG 892 cultivates students’ knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the UAS and data post-processing systems. The course also 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 products accuracy, figuring ways and means of producing metric products from UAS, and understanding rules and regulations governing operating a UAS in the United States of America.

"Geography 892 Promotion" video (1:38)

Welcome to Geography 892
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My name is Dr. Qassim Abdullah, and I will be teaching Geography 597, Geospatial Application for UAS. UAS is Unmanned Aerial System. It is a part of the Penn State Online Geospatial Educational program. The UAS development and use was started long time ago, in fact, but we didn't get the practical to use until recent days due to the advancement in technology, such as miniaturized IMU, GPS, and other communication instruments. We started with a defense application, and now we're seeing revolution in the use for civilian use. And that's why we're introducing this in class. In class we want to introduce the history and overview of the UAS, elements of the system, payloads, and sensor for remote sensing. And one important topic we will deal with is the FAA regulation on owning and operating a UAS and how to apply for certificate of authorization, the COA. The other part of the course will focus on the application of geospatials and the product development, such as camera calibration and boresighting is important of the product development, orthorectification, DTM generation, and so on.

Credit: Dutton Institute, Penn State University