The California State University, Fresno Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CSUF UAS) research group is dedicated toward applied systems integration and the implemention of emerging applications of Unmanned Aircraft 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, embedded sensor development, and flight testing.
The 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 team has been heavily involved supporting the farming community within the Central Valley of California, and has parterned with UC Merced and the UC Merced Cooperative Extension through a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Grant by applying UAS technology toward precision farming.
Additionally, the Fresno State UAS research team has partnered with Sonoma State University and Napa Valley College via a NASA Grant to implement "Rising Data" -- a flight currciulum development project whose purpose is to increase interest in University engineering programs and NASA-related career pathways.
In years past, the team also worked closely with Edwards Air Force Base, providing on-site flight tests and a demonstration of a first generation UAS prototype using a laser-designator 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 a ground station.
The goals of the CSUF UAS team are to:
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.