What is an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)?
Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) means an unmanned aircraft (also referred to as a drone) and the equipment to control it remotely.
An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has three components:
- An autonomous or human-operated control system which is usually on the ground or a ship but may be on another airborne platform
- An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
- A command and control (C2) system -sometimes referred to as a communication, command and control (C3) system - to link the two
These systems include, but are not limited to, remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) in which the UAV is controlled by a 'pilot' using a radio data link from a remote location. UAS can also include an autonomously controlled UAV or, more likely, a semiautonomous UAV. In recent years, the tendency to refer to any UAV as a "drone" has developed but the term is not universally considered appropriate. UAV scan vary in size from those which can be hand launched to purpose built or adapted vehicles the size of conventional fixed or rotary wing aircraft.
Learn more about UAVs through a course at Bismarck State College.
The course integrates the curriculum needed to take the FAA Part107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Topics in the course include:
Drone rules and FAA regulations
Night Operations Training
National Airspace System
Reading Sectional Charts
Weather and Micrometeorology
Drone Flight Operations
UAV operators are needed in many industries, including:
- Public Safety