Embry-Riddle Releases Free sUAS Guide

Unmanned Guidance: Embry-Riddle Releases Free sUAS Guide

Do you want to learn how to fly a small unmanned aircraft? A research team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created the first-ever comprehensive consumer guide to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, for novice users — those interested in purchasing their first small remote-controlled or autonomous multi-rotor flying aircraft.

The Embry-Riddle sUAS Consumer Guide, published online in June 2016, is the result of months of study and assessment. Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus professors, who are also UAS experts, collaborated with undergraduate teams from the Worldwide and Daytona Beach campuses to conduct dozens of separate quantitative and qualitative measurements on 12 readily available sUAS platforms. All aircraft tested cost under $3,500, had electric motors with removable batteries, could carry or had built-in HD cameras, and weighed less than 7.5 pounds with payload.

“Our hope is that novices and experienced operators alike will use this free resource to examine critical features and capabilities inherent to the safe and responsible use of sUAS technology,” says Brent Terwilliger, a dual Embry- Riddle alumnus, co-author of the guide and Worldwide Campus program chair of the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems.


To view an interactive version of the sUAS guide, visit uasguide.erau.edu




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