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UAV Applications

The UAV Collaborative promotes the use of UAVs in the National Airspace System (NAS) through the demonstration of applications in which the unique capabilities of UAVs are required for mission success. Remotely controlled aircraft are best suited for missions that are dangerous to pilot and aircraft or those requiring longer durations than are humanly possible.

Project requirements dictate the type of UAV that should be used for a given task. UAVs are selected as a function of the type, weight and power requirements of sensor systems, as well as flight duration and altitude requirements.

Set forth below are examples of the types of applications well-suited for unmanned platforms equipped with the latest developments in sensor technology.

Search-and-rescue Earth science
  • Climate change
  • Atmospheric sampling
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Volcanic activity
Mapping and geographic information systems Structural safety
  • Bridges
  • Pipelines
  • Construction
Agricultural Applications Natural Resource Management Emergency Response Homeland Security