Building on Maryland’s UAS Excellence

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site offers researchers, students, government and industry access to extensive resources and pools of expertise in every aspect of UAS research.


A world where unmanned aircraft systems are safely and responsibly used to improve lives.


As a leader in research, development, testing and education, we leverage and enhance existing skills, expertise and resources to safely and responsibly integrate and advance unmanned aircraft systems.


  • Establish UMD as the premier university advancing unmanned aircraft systems in the US, with an international presence.
  • Catalyze economic diversification, strengthening our UAS industrial base.
  • Conduct safe, efficient, effective operations in support of our mission.
  • Create and deliver products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.

News & Events

UMD Pushes Beyond Line of Sight to Map Impacts of Traditional Farming in Belize

The project marks the first time a UAS Test Site operator has flown using only instrumentation and cameras. more»

UMD UAS Test Sites Collaborates with Higher Education Center on Student Project

The course was taken as the last core requirement in Florida Tech’s MBA program. more»

“Lifeline Across the Bay” Marks Milestone for the University of Maryland

First-of-its-Kind Flight Across the Chesapeake Bay more»

Communicating Across Unmanned Aircraft Systems in a Disaster

UMD Tests Communications Systems in Real Time with First Responders more»