This course explores the different operational functions of unmanned systems, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems. Students will discover the various missions that are applicable for unmanned systems, such as for civilian functions, law enforcement, and military use. Civilian functions covered include remote sensing (environmental, farming, oil/mineral discovery, and firefighting), search and rescue, and aerial photography. Law enforcement utilities covered include surveillance, suspect pursuit, anti- terrorism, chemical, biological, and nuclear threat detection, emergency scene evaluation and monitoring, and border protection. Military functions studied are offensive, defensive, and support applications. Various launch and recovery methods will be surveyed so students can select the best platform based on mission constraints. Normal operational procedures such as takeoff/launch, climb, cruise, descent, and recovery/landing will be covered. Additionally, students will investigate emergency procedures, which include hardware failure, software failure, loss of control, and threat management. Students will be tasked with selecting the most appropriate unmanned platform based upon task requirements in real world scenarios. Students will also be introduced to the various civilian, law enforcement, and military payloads that are currently in use and under development. Commonly installed communication, surveillance, imagery, and weapon systems will be surveyed. Students will be required to match available payloads with an applicable platform based on the constraints of available unmanned aircraft or space systems and the mission requirements outlined in real world scenarios. Example unmanned systems currently in use will serve as case study examples of the matching of platform, hardware, software, and payload with mission provisions.