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    Accelerating the safe, effective application of UAS technology

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    Customized solutions for safe, productive operations

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    Shaping rules and industry standards related to UAS technology

UMD UAS Test Site Operational Status

The UMD UAS Test Site is currently operating in a telework environment, as part of the state-wide response to COVID-19. To contact us, please email sjlloyd@umd.edu. Contact information for individual team members can be found here.

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The University of Maryland UAS Test Site is a leading research and operations facility led by experts in military and civilian aviation, engineering, and project management. 


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Test site experts leverage decades of experience and cutting-edge technology to accelerate the safe, responsible application of UAS in public and private industries.

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44181 Airport Road, California, MD 20619

Phone: 301-862-7824 | Fax: 301-866-1964

Email: sjlloyd@umd.edu



Test site experts and facilities support the application of UAS in a wide range of fields, including those below.

News / Mar 2, 2020

Drones have enormous potential in relief efforts but can also raise security concerns. Success requires a game plan, say experts.

News / Dec 5, 2019

Drones can help measure how well distress beacons are working, particularly in hard-to-reach locations.


News / Oct 16, 2019

The Technical.ly Awards honored an history-making drone flight that helped save the life of a kidney patient.

News / Oct 9, 2019

UAS Test Site engineer Josh Gaus will use a drone to assess damage in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

News / Sep 9, 2019

To build an unmanned aerial vehicle worthy of a groundbreaking three-mile flight on the night of April 19, a team of UMD engineers worked over the course of two and a half years.

News / Aug 12, 2019

The UMD UAS Test Site marks two milestones this summer: five years since its launch, and the 1,000th sortie flown.