What is GeoTEd-UAS?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) represents a new data collection tool, that can add tremendous value to industry and decision making. Many existing employment sectors have an immediate need for Operations Technicians to take advantage of UAS operations capabilitites.


The Geospatial Technician Education — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) project team includes the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), Thomas Nelson Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).


Administered by the VSGC, the GeoTEd-UAS team was awarded a project grant by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program.


GeoTEd-UAS will prepare students for success as small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations technicians (sUASOT). Small UASOT duties typically include planning and flying sUAS missions, maintaining sUAS, and processing geospatial data to analyze and solve problems.

With a goal of improving tropical forecasting and modeling, a computational science and engineering faculty member and two Ph.D. students at North Carolina A&T will use drones to collect data from the eye of hurricanes. From AUVSI:

UAS and software design and certification expert Autonodyne LLC has partnered with Robotic Skies to develop field maintenance and other support services for Autonodyne’s mission-critical systems and technologies. From AUVSI:

The U.S. Navy is looking to embrace #autonomous solutions for future marine operations. The Sea Train is a planned project to create a fleet of autonomous ships that can operate both individually and as a coordinated unit.

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  • GeoTEd-UAS has approved three mini-grants which will deliver funding to Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), Virginia Tech – College of

  • Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) recently completed a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) panel to establish a DACUM chart for an Unmanned Systems (