Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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It is our pleasure to present this first edition of Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems. It is well understood that the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry is highly dynamic and constantly evolving with the advancement of science and technological enablement. As such, the aim of this text is to identify and survey the fundamentals of UAS operations, which will serve as either a basic orientation to UAS or as a foundation for further study. This contributed work targets introductory
collegiate courses in UASs and was birthed out of an unsuccessful search for suitable texts for such a course. The chapters have been individually contributed by some of the nation’s foremost experts in UAS operations at the collegiate level; therefore, the reader may note some variation in writing style. It was decided to leave the contributions in this form in the interest of preserving the author’s intent, thereby improving the quality of information contained herein. This text is written from a nonengineering, civilian, operational perspective aimed at those who will operate or employ UASs for a variety of future missions.

This publication would not have been possible without the close cooperation of all the editors and contributors; a heartfelt thank you to all who gave of your time to make this possible.

Your feedback is welcomed as a basis for future editions of this text as the industry continues to advance.

Chapter 1: History
Chapter 2: Unmanned Aircraft System Elements
Chapter 3: U.S. Aviation Regulatory System
Chapter 4: Certificate of Authorization Process
Chapter 5: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations
Chapter 6: Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Geospatial Data
Chapter 7: Automation and Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Chapter 8: Safety Assessments
Chapter 9: Detect, Sense, and Avoid
Chapter 10: Sensors and Payloads
Chapter 11: Human Factors in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Chapter 12: The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Author Details
"Richard K. Barnhart", Ph.D., is professor and head of the Aviation Department at Kansas State University (K-State; Salina) in addition to serving as the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at K-State, which oversees the newly established Unmanned Aerial Systems program office. Dr. Barnhart is a member of the graduate faculty at K-State and holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multiengine, seaplane, and glider ratings.

"Stephen B. Hottman" is the director of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) and associate dean for Research and Development and senior deputy director of the New Mexico State University (NMSU; Las Cruces) Physical Science Laboratory (PSL). The TAAC includes all of the UAS research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and operations that are taking place in the National Airspace System (NAS).

"Douglas M. Marshall", J.D., is division manager, UAS Regulations & Standards Development at the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University, where he is involved in UAS research and a variety of efforts concerned with the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into national and international airspace.

"Eric Shappee" serves as an associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University at Salina in the professional pilot program. He teaches numerous aviation courses, which include: Introduction to Aviation, System Safety, Safety Management, and Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems. Shappee holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multiengine, and glider ratings

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