California State University, Fresno - Unmanned Aerial Systems Overview

The California State University, Fresno Unmanned Aerial Systems (CSUF UAS) research group is dedicated toward applied systems integration research and implementing emerging applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  The CSUF UAS research team has worked with university, government, and industry partners to create undergraduate and graduate level research and classroom experiences at Fresno State, encompassing UAS systems integration, embedded sensor development, and flight testing. 

The CSUF UAS research group is a multidisciplinary team comprised of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer, and Geomatics Engineering faculty, staff, and students that integrates engineering disciplines of mechanical systems, vibrations, geomatics, power, robotics and control, microcontrollers and embedded systems, communications, and optics.

The CSUF UAS team has worked closely with Edwards Air Force Base and provided on-site flight tests and demonstration of first and second generation UAS prototypes using a laser-targeting system that employed redundant inertial sensor packages for gimbal control and implemented several communication and data protocols, including telemetry information and real-time digital video to the ground station.

The goals of the CSUF UAS team are to:

  • Educate and train undergraduate and graduate students in a multidisciplinary environment emphasizing UAS applications.
  • Provide an opportunity for applied systems integration research in UAS technology within the Central Valley of California.
  • Provide students with hands-on, real engineering experiences within an academic environment.
  • Train students in flight test regulations and the importance of adhering to exacting engineering specifications.
  • Partner with local, state, and national companies and agencies relating to UAS technology.

The CSUF UAS team is a part of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and is supported by internal and external investments at Fresno State.

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