Small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones or unmanned aerial vehicles, have a rapidly growing role to play in research and practice for agriculture and natural resources. Recognizing a surge in interest in this area and the potential benefits of the technology could offer to UC ANR affiliated projects, IGIS acquired four consumer grade quad-copters early in 2016. These platforms were used to test the limitations of UAS for data collection and to build a working knowledge of all aspects of operations, regulations, and data processing. Then on August 29, 2016 the FAA enacted a new set of rules and regulations for non-recreational use of drones, which enabled IGIS to receive both FAA certification and UC authorization to provide drone services for research and educational purposes. IGIS immediately incorporated drone services into the portfolio of support that it offers to UC ANR and its affiliates. Since that time, IGIS has been engaged in numerous projects focused on range, crop, forest and desert research. IGIS has also developed a workshop curriculum around UAS technology, regulations and data processing, which is open to members of the UC system as well as the public.
To submit a drone service request, please Click Here and complete the linked application. We will then contact you to discuss whether or not we can accommodate your request given the increasing volume of drone service calls we are receiving.
See also Drone Program Summary (Aug 2017)