Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Douglas M. Marshall, Richard K. Barnhart, Eric Shappee, Michael Thomas Most

© 2016 - CRC Press
Published May 24, 2016
Textbook - 377 Pages - 26 Color & 95 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482263930 - CAT# K24397

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  • Covers all elements of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), from controls and automation to sensors and payloads
  • Discusses U.S. aviation regulations, National Airspace System (NAS) integration, and the certificate of authorization process
  • Presents up-to-date information on UAS operational procedures, commercial applications, safety, and human factors
  • Highlights the historical development, current technology, and future expectations of UASs
  • Provides a basic orientation to UAS operations as well as a foundation for further study
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion questions
  • Makes an ideal textbook for a first course in UAS operations


Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems surveys the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, from sensors, controls, and automation to regulations, safety procedures, and human factors. It is designed for the student or layperson and thus assumes no prior knowledge of UASs, engineering, or aeronautics. Dynamic and well-illustrated, the first edition of this popular primer was created in response to a need for a suitable university-level textbook on the subject.

Fully updated and significantly expanded, this new Second Edition:

  • Reflects the proliferation of technological capability, miniaturization, and demand for aerial intelligence in a post-9/11 world
  • Presents the latest major commercial uses of UASs and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Enhances its coverage with greater depth and support for more advanced coursework
  • Provides material appropriate for introductory UAS coursework in both aviation and aerospace engineering programs

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Second Edition capitalizes on the expertise of contributing authors to instill a practical, up-to-date understanding of what it takes to safely operate UASs in the National Airspace System (NAS). Complete with end-of-chapter discussion questions, this book makes an ideal textbook for a first course in UAS operations.


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