Unmanned Systems - GR (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 502  Current Issues in Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Examines state-of-the-art technologies and issues that affect the unmanned systems industry. Through tailored discussions and written deliverables, students demonstrate knowledge of current topics to include regulation, systems development, systems integration and systems applications. Other topics may be examined at the instructors discretion based on the current state of industry.

UNSY 503  Legal and Regulatory Issues in Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines legal and regulatory policies and issues affecting the growth and operational feasibility of unmanned systems. The evolution of federal law regulating the use of unmanned systems will be examined to determine how past, present and future policies or laws will influence operations within the industry. Students will examine how administrative law process functions and how unmanned systems stakeholders participate in the process. Students will examine various legal issues that impact the unmanned systems industry from various perspectives (e.g., operators, government regulator, industry, local governments).

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.

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. Pre-Requisite: FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, acquisition of items detailed in the ERAU-Worldwide sUAS Toolkit, 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 603  Unmanned Systems Operational Configuration  3 Credits (3,0)

Explores unmanned system configuration optimization in support of task-oriented operation in unique and remote environments, adhering to established standards and regulatory requirements. Analyze functional requirements and operational limitations to evaluate available technology and process suitability for optimized task completion. Identify critical system elements and components and addressreal-world operational challenges. Pre-Requisite: UNSY 501.

UNSY 606  Unmanned Systems Interoperability and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Detailed examination of the technologies, processes, and concepts associated with unmanned systems interoperability and control. Student will examine and evaluate unmanned system command, control, and communication (C3). Application includes identifying current unmanned system interoperability and control issues; recommending strategies or solutions to address issues; and evaluating appropriate system elements, components, or technology to support application and tasking. Prepares students to better understand the implications and capabilities associated with unmanned system C3 configurations, including mechanisms to support optimized system functionality.

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.
Prerequisites: UNSY 520.

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 will be taken as the last class in the student's degree program.