The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office is leading the research of UAS technology in anticipation of transforming the Department of the Interior (DOI) approach for collecting remote sensing data. UAS technology is being investigated by monitoring environmental conditions and landscape change rates, responding to natural hazards, recognize the consequences and benefits of land and climate change, conduct wildlife inventories and support related land management missions. The USGS is teaming with all of the DOI bureaus, academia, industry, state and local agencies under guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS) to lead the safe, efficient, cost-effective and leading-edge investigation of the potential uses for UAS technology in scientific research and operational activities of the Department.

National UAS Project Office Acquires Latest UAS Technology


Falcon Fixed Wing
Hand or Bungee Launch
Weight: Up to 12 lbs (payload dependent)

Falcon Hover

Falcon Hover
Vertical Take Off (VTOL)
Weight: Up to 7.5 lbs (payload dependent)

Puse Vapor 55

Photo Credit: Pulse Aerospace
Pulse Vapor 55TM Helicopter
Vertical Take Off (VTOL)
Weight: Up to 30 lbs (payload dependent)

UAS Derived Data Products
Data collected during UAS research projects are used to produce various derived data products. These products are generated by the USGS to help answer scientific and natural resource questions. Please click above to see a full listing of example products and descriptions.

Featured Research
Cape Code National Seashore Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

High resolution data collection of Coast Guard Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore to map coastal change.

Paleowetland Deposits Mojave Desert, CA

High resolution data collection of geologic deposits in southern California.

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