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.

MAAP Membership

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) under the FAA UAS Test Site program, along with Virginia and New Jersey. As one pillar of that strong team, we stand ready to assist the FAA with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

News & Events

“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»

Scassero Weighs in on FAA Small UAS Ruling

UMD UAS Test Site director explains why UAS ruling could be "hugely significant." more»

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Experts Available to Comment on FAA's Small UAS Rule

UMD UAS Test Site offers insights on how "Part 107" will affect commercial use of UAS. more»