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GEOG 892
Unmanned Aerial Systems
drone flying at sunrise

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.

At a Glance


Applications in GIS
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
SyllabusGEOG 892 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Fall 1, 2024 Qassim Abdullah, Ph.D.

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What Our Students Say

Probably my favorite course that I took through Penn State.

“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

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.