Unmanned Systems (UNSY)
UNSY 501 Application of Unmanned Systems 3 Credits (3,0)
This course prepares students to understand the application of unmanned systems and their respective elements and technology to the operational domains, including atmospheric, exo-atmospheric, ground, and maritime environments. It includes applications, business cases, selection criteria, limitations and constraints, and ethical, safety, and legal considerations. Students will research, appraise, and recommend unmanned system tasking, environmental operational requirements, and system collaboration opportunities.
UNSY 515 sUAS Operation Fundamentals 3 Credits (3,0)
This course introduces graduate students to essential topics, concepts, and airmen knowledge associated with regulatory compliant use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) within the U.S. National Airspace System. Through participation in a sequence of modules featuring review of referenced documentation and use of interactive modeling and simulation tools, the student will gain exposure and comprehension of regulatory requirement compliance, required aeronautical knowledge, and application of best practices. With the successful completion of this course a student can expect to demonstrate appropriate acquisition of knowledge to prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification examination, while attaining an understanding of key factors supporting productive, purposeful, responsible, and legal operation of sUAS.Prerequisites: RSCH 665 and 670; Ability to meet Transport Security Administration (TSA) clearance requirements; and acquisition of items detailed in the ERAU-Worldwide sUAS Toolkit.
UNSY 520 sUAS Practical Application and Assessment 3 Credits (3,0)
This course further prepares graduate students to safely and effectively perform small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operations in support of graduate level research and educational goals, through the practical application and practice of fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA)s. Students will participate in the review and practice of basic to advanced aircraft controls (manual and automatic), checklist and emergency procedures, flight planning, review of platform specific traits, aerial photography and post-flight processing techniques, pilot application, crew resource management, and instructor-student practical assessment. The use of both interactive scenario-based modeling and simulation and actual (live) sUAS tools helps students to establish and improve unmanned airmanship skills in settings supporting incremental exposure, progression, and assessment combined with instructor-guided feedback and practice. With the successful completion of this course a student can expect to demonstrate appropriate application of unmanned airmanship, while attaining further comprehension of key factors supporting productive, purposeful, responsible, and legal operation of sUAS. Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be physically located within the U.S., and hold an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate while participating in the UNSY 520 course. Prerequisites: FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, acquisition of items detailed in the ERAU-Worldwide sUAS Toolkit, RSCH 665, RSCH 670, and UNSY 515. Those already in possession of an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate, prior to starting the sUAS Operation concentration/specialization, may complete ASCI 530, in lieu of UNSY 515 to ensure sufficient credit, research experience, and topical exposure.
UNSY 601 Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications 3 Credits (3,0)
This course provides a detailed examination of the command, control, and communication (C3) of unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements and components, interoperability, human factors, operator controls and interactions, situational awareness, teaming, supervisory control, infrastructure, and considerations associated with C3. Course applications include identifying current unmanned system C3 issues, recommending strategies or solutions to address issues, and evaluating appropriate C3 elements, components, or technology to support unmanned system missions and tasks.
UNSY 605 Unmanned Systems Sensing, Perception, and Processing 3 Credits (3,0)
This course provides a detailed examination of the sensing, perception, and processing of exteroceptive and proprioceptive data for unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements, components, technology, and processing methods associated with internal and external (payload) sensing systems. The content of the course includes identifying types of sensors, operational requirements, capture and format of data, feedback, control, depiction of state, and processing. This course prepares students to integrate environmental and state sensing into unmanned systems. It will include examinations of sensor selection, application, payload considerations, processing, and the latest technology advancements.
UNSY 610 Unmanned Systems Autonomy and Automation 3 Credits (3,0)
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the benefits, limitations, and capabilities of autonomous control technology and support for unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements, components, technology, and processing methods associated with autonomous and semi-autonomous operation of unmanned systems. The content of the course includes supported capabilities, reference framework, man-machine collaboration, cognitive capability, interaction and manipulation, allocation of functions and responsibilities, high-level tradeoffs, limitations, and associated advancements. This course prepares students to better understand the implications and capabilities associated with autonomy in unmanned systems. It will include examinations of associated technology, programming, processing, and interoperability required to understand the application of autonomy and automation.
UNSY 615 Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion, and Maneuvering 3 Credits (3,0)
This course represents a detailed examination of the power, propulsion, and maneuvering (actuation) elements of unmanned systems required to support interaction and operation in remote environments. The student will examine and evaluate the elements, components, and processing associated with the generation and storage of power, propulsion methods to achieve locomotion or motion, and actuation used to manipulate control surfaces and other controls in support of maneuvering. The course applications include identifying and analyzing current manipulation options, power storage and distribution, and propulsion methods for unmanned systems.
UNSY 620 sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management 3 Credits (3,0)
This course builds upon previously attained small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operational knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA)s within the context of performing effective planning and management for graduate level applied research. It includes comprehensive review and application of sUAS planning and management concepts, topics, and techniques in real-world scenarios featuring team exercises; environmental, platform suitability, and safety analysis; use of interactive modeling and simulation tools; and regulatory compliant live sUAS operation. Students will gain further sUAS operational exposure and practical experience to address common challenges, analyze options, determine feasibility of plans, and implement a final operational plan featuring appropriate application of safety risk management and analytical operational planning. With the successful completion of this course a student can expect to further demonstrate appropriate application of KSAs, while mastering comprehension of key factors supporting productive, purposeful, responsible, and legal operation of sUAS.Prerequisite: UNSY 520 sUAS Practical Application and Assessment.
UNSY 691 Graduate Capstone Course 3 Credits (3,0)
The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems Graduate Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project that provides significant evidence of experience in unmanned systems studies. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all Program Outcomes have been met, and provides the student evidence of experience to show to current and prospective employers. The Capstone Course must be taken at the end of the student's degree program. Prerequisites: All Master of Science in Unmanned Systems degree program curriculum.
Prerequisites: UNSY 501 UNSY 601 UNSY 605 UNSY 610 UNSY 615 RSCH 665 and RSCH 670.