Unmanned Systems (UNSY)

Courses

UNSY 205  Applied Physics for Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a foundation in physics as required to understand unmanned systems applications such as sensor technology; communication and control interfaces; and electro-technical and electronic application design, construction, & implementation. Emphasis is put on elementary particle theory, field properties, wave propagation, and optical relationships as required for an understanding of applications within the electromagnetic spectrum to include modulation concepts, analog and digital electronic circuitry to include signal logic, and electromechanical and electromotive devices to include servo applications.
Prerequisites: PHYS 102 and MATH 140 and MATH 142 or MATH 143 or MATH 111.

UNSY 235  sUAS Flight and Mission Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce undergraduate students to specific aspects of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) flight and mission planning in support of task-oriented flying operations. Attention will be given to tools, methods, and skills used to support selection, configuration, and application processes during planning, pre-flight, inflight (monitoring and data-gathering), post-flight, and post-processing procedures. A comprehensive understanding of current sUAS systems and operating requirements will be reviewed and navigation concepts and components introduced. Unmanned aircraft contain a variety of system packages that are unique to the environment in which they operate. The student will identify the system packages available, and determine their proper operation during unmanned aircraft flight applications.
Prerequisites: UNSY 316 or ASCI 260 Corequisites: UNSY 235L.

UNSY 235L  sUAS Flight and Mission Planning Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

This laboratory is dedicated to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight planning techniques, procedures, and methods. Students will apply vehicle specific knowledge to create detailed flight plans and adhere to procedures. This lab is designed to complement UNSY 235.
Prerequisites: UNSY 316 or ASCI 260 Corequisites: UNSY 235.

UNSY 307  Unmanned Systems Networking  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the information technology, communications, and frequency spectrum used in conjunction with unmanned systems around the world. Students explore signal processing, communications, interfaces, data links/exchange, FCC regulations, interoperability, and communication standards and protocols associated with robotic systems. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of unmanned systems individual and networked operations through communication and information processing of signals and data.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 311  Unmanned Ground Systems and Applications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and commonly applied technology used for unmanned ground systems (UGS). Students are exposed to an historical perspective, control fundamentals, control systems, mobility methods, sensor systems, and applications such as agriculture, search and rescue, firefighting, construction, mining, and others. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of UGS to conduct operations of appropriate vehicles, sensors, and payloads in terrestrial environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 313  Unmanned Maritime Systems and Applications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and commonly applied technology used for unmanned maritime systems (UMS). Students are exposed to an historical perspective, control fundamentals, control systems, surface and underwater methods, sensor systems, and applications such as search and locate, inspection, construction, and others. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of UMS to conduct operations of appropriate vehicles, sensors, and payloads in marine environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 315  Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course chronicles the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV), and their role in the aviation industry, as well as an increased awareness of the importance of UAS in modern commercial and military operations. This course chronicles the development of UAS, their operations and applications. An analysis of UAS is covered, including structural and mechanical factors, avionics, navigation, flight controls, remote sensing, guidance control, propulsion systems, and logistical support. Operations of UAS include an examination and analysis of their integration with commercial and military airspace, air traffic control and civilian/federal air and ground operations. The course will also look at past, current and future applications of UAS operations, with an emphasis on commercial applications.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 316  Operational and Business Aspects of Unmanned Aircraft Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Differentiating the needs of civil aviation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). How to implement such needs within national airspace and aviation regulatory constraints; skill sets and tools used to mitigate restrictions; create flight plan operations that can successfully employ UAS.

UNSY 318  Unmanned Aircraft Systems Robotics  3 Credits (3,0)

Integrating robotic technology into the hardware and software regimes of unmanned aviation. Examinations of control and system programming in the context of specific missions through guided discussions, simulation and the operation of actual unmanned aircraft robotic systems.

UNSY 319  Cybersecurity and Countermeasure Considerations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to the emerging threats and hazards involving cybersecurity aspects of the design and application of unmanned systems. It includes a study of vulnerabilities within several platform components and data links. Specific emphasis will be given to payload data links and C3 (Command, Control and Communication). It features an examination of aspects such as jamming, spoofing and hacking, as well as intentional electromagnetic interference. Attention will also be given to tools and methods used to protect and encrypt platform components and data links. Students will also explore and assess risks and threats associated with unmanned systems, in particular small UAS. The aspects of countermeasures will be framed around three process steps: detection, classification and action.
Prerequisites: UNSY 316 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 321  Unmanned Systems Localization and Path Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to concepts of localization, orientation, and navigation as applicable to the application of unmanned systems in various operational domains (e.g., air, space, ground, and maritime). Different navigational methods will be examined, utilizing on/off-board technologies for determining and manipulating vehicle positioning and orientation, to include visual sensors; distance and density sensing; inertial navigation; positional referencing and determination mechanisms; computational methods; and possible combinations supporting sensor fusion and dead reckoning. A required knowledge base in cartographical methods and principles will be provided to lead into presentation and discussion of pre/in-flight planning considerations and applicable error corrections. Emphasis will be placed on application of planning and optimization practices and the required navigational calculation framework.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 325  Unmanned Systems Testing and Inspection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore and apply the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools associated with the testing and inspection of unmanned systems components, elements, subsystems, and unified designs. Types and methods of testing and inspection will be examined, including acceptance, compliance, quality assurance and control, reliability, and system/subsystem operational readiness. Students will gain a comprehension of the rationale and variation among test and inspection types to produce strategies and plans, map requirements, justify recommendations, and document results. Attention will be placed on the development, manufacturing, and operational (configuration and application) environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 329  Unmanned Systems Computation and Programming  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to commonly applied unmanned systems computational technology and an opportunity to apply basic programming concepts, with a focus on methodologies for task-oriented unmanned systems applications. It includes a) the examination of system processing requirements, appropriate hardware and software design; b) the development of programming solutions to specific unmanned systems tasks; and c) testing and debugging to optimize unmanned systems solutions. Attention will be given to the tools and methods used to support the development, configuration, and application of computational architectures with respect to representative unmanned systems operations.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and CESC 220 and ENGR 115 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 331  Unmanned Systems Legal and Regulatory Compliance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the wide ranging legal requirements, regulations, and policies affecting the development and application of unmanned systems across various operational domains (air, space, maritime, and ground). It features examination of current legal frameworks and domain specific rules; compliance enforcement; challenges and issues; case examples; processes for change; intellectual property and design; and emerging concepts. Unique factors and challenges that impact domain specific types of unmanned systems such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and autonomous automobiles will be addressed. Attention will be given to those laws, regulations, and policies relating to the development, configuration, and application of command, control, and communication (C3), autonomous operation, and the capture and review of sensor data.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 405  Unmanned Systems Operational Environments and Conditions  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an overview of complex environmental issues and conditions with respect to factors affecting performance and appropriateness of platform and associated components. Students are introduced to concepts of matching the mission purpose and the environment/conditions with the design and capabilities of an unmanned system. Elements of extreme temperature, terrain, weather, pressure, range, and required endurance are explored. Attention will be given to considerations relating to the development, configuration, and application of correctly identified robotic solutions based on problem sets, environments, conditions, and operational types.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 410  Unmanned Systems Sensing Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

Overview of the technology and concepts used to remotely gather information to satisfy task requirements; gain understanding about an unmanned system's operating environment. Examine fundamental concepts and methods of sensing systems including the type, format, and capabilities of sensors; component and system integration; use cases; challenges and issues; and emerging concepts. Tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of sensing systems. Complex mission planning assignments and guided discussion.

UNSY 415  Unmanned Space Systems and Application  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals and commonly applied technology for unmanned space systems. Historical perspectives, current developments, and possible future concepts will be discussed. Students will be exposed to unmanned space system specific considerations of craft design requirements, maneuvering fundamentals and control systems, and payload selection. A fundamental knowledge base in space navigation and orbital maneuvering will be provided. This course builds on other unmanned systems courses (as defined in Pre-Requisites). Previously introduced unmanned systems operational domains (air, space, ground, and maritime) will be applied towards exploration of extraterrestrial celestial bodies, such as planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Attention will be given to the conceptual understanding of current and future challenges in unmanned space system development and employment.
Prerequisites: UNSY 315 PHYS 102 RSCH 202 UNSY 311 UNSY 313 and UNSY 405.

UNSY 421  Unmanned Systems Mission Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will build on prior unmanned systems localization and path planning coursework and will introduce students to concepts of task and object oriented unmanned systems employment. Previous navigational knowledge will be applied towards specific mission objectives, incorporating considerations of point/area of interest approach planning; payload selection and employment optimization; inter/intra-system coordination and de-confliction; contingency planning; and mission assessment/evaluation. Attention will be given to application of task and objective definitions; system, sensor, and payload selection/matching; and performance based scenario planning.
Prerequisites: UNSY 410 and UNSY 321 and UNSY 405 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 431  Unmanned Systems Human Factors Considerations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course serves as an overview of human factors concepts and implications affecting the development, configuration, and application of unmanned systems. Students will be exposed to types and functions of human-machine-interfaces (HMI)s; human behavior, capabilities, and limitations; psychological and perceptual information processing; sensation, cognition, and ergonomics; and effects of autonomy. Attention will be given to considerations relating to the development, configuration, and application of HMIs used for command, control, and communication (C3), autonomous operation, and the review and manipulation of sensor data.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 435  sUAS Practical Application and Assessment  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce undergraduate students to safely and effectively perform small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations in support of program 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. Students must acquire items detailed in the ERAU-Worldwide sUAS Toolkit at their own expense. 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 435 course.
Prerequisites: UNSY 235 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 491  Operational Applications in Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Culminating experience for students in the Unmanned Systems Applications degree program. Industry growth, innovative development, and effective use of unmanned system technology across the respective domains (air, space, ground, and maritime). Major challenges within the industry including interoperability, autonomy, airspace integration, communications, education and training, propulsion and power, teaming, and regulation. Pre-Requisite: Course listed and Senior Standing.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.