Course Detail: SUAS-1000 - Understanding Drones: An Introduction to UAS


This course will provide you with an understanding of unmanned aircraft systems fundamentals, building a solid foundation of knowledge for further learning. You will learn about the history of drones, how they work and their applications across a range of fields. Discover how to select the right type of aircraft, and payload, to successfully complete your mission, as well as the basic rules that govern UAS operations. Finally, learn how to build an aircrew for your UAS program and make the right call while standing on the flight line.

Who Should Attend

Individuals new to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) -- otherwise known as drones -- who want to gain a broad understanding of their history, how they work, use cases and applications, regulations and safe operations. This is intended to provide a foundation for further learning about UAS by giving students a working knowledge of the concepts, nomenclature and development of this technology -- thereby increasing learning and retention gained from future studies.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), their components and distinguishing characteristics, as well as common use cases for drones today
  • Explain how the historic development of UAS influenced their current designs and missions
  • Understand aerodynamic principles and how they apply to different types of UAS configurations, such as fixed-wing, rotorcraft and VTOL
  • Identify the different types of sensors and payloads employed on small, civil UAS and their contribution to successful mission outcomes
  • Describe the regulatory environment for UAS and tools to mitigate the risk of flight operations

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