SUAS-1100 SUAS Design and Configuration

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Early Registration Discount

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program
Online Professional Program in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Course Length
4 weeks

Course Dates & Locations
Online beginning: April 25, 2019 
June 1, 2019 
September 1, 2019 
November 1 2019 
January 1, 2020 
March 1, 2020 
May 1, 2020

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The major design elements and configurations of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 pounds) are discussed in this course. Students will review the various design configurations of fixed-wing and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) sUAS platforms, including common classifications and primary subsystems. The theory of operation and examples of components used in the aerial, payload, ground-based command, control, and communication (C3), human, and support equipment elements will be explored. Students will gain exposure and experience evaluating possible design options for selection and integration into sUAS design configuration.

Who Should Attend

Because Unmanned Aircraft Systems are rapidly transforming a wide range of industries and recreational activities, anyone interested in the use of UAS can benefit from this course. Individuals from industries with interest in using or learning more about UAS include:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Public safety
  • Mapping and surveying
  • Filming
  • Communications
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Safety
  • Emergency Management

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and broad-based understanding of UAS in the following areas:

  • Platform Design Configurations – Fixed-wing
  • Platform Design Configurations – VTOL and Others
  • System Composition and Elements
  • Platform Acquisition and Considerations

Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
600 South Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900

About the Course Developer

 Dr. Brent Terwilliger

Brent Terwilliger

Assistant Professor
Worldwide Campus
College of Aeronautics 

Dr. Brent Terwilliger is the Program Chair for the M.S. in Unmanned Systems degree at Worldwide and has experience working more than a decade in defense contracting.

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