GEOG 892
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Lesson 1 Introduction


Welcome to Lesson 1! In this lesson, you will become familiar with the history behind the use of the UAS. You will also be familiar with the current status of the UAS development. In addition, you will be exposed to the different classes of UAV/UAS according to their size, weight, and missions.

At the end of this lesson, you will have a working knowledge about how the unmanned aerial missions started, the current status and the classes of the UAV/UAS.

Lesson Objectives

At the successful completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • describe the historical evolution of the UAS;
  • recognize the defense contribution to the UAS development;
  • recognize the civilian contribution to the UAS development;
  • understand the current state of the UAS development;
  • describe the objectives beyond the use of the UAS;
  • classify different UAS according to their make and characteristics;
  • describe the different classes of the UAS.

Lesson Readings

Lesson Activities

  • Participate in the Lesson 1 Discussion Forum.
  • Take the Lesson 1 Quiz (by the end of Lesson 2).
  • Review the final project details document.