Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Public Safety

Course Number: UAS 103
Transcript Title: sUAS for Public Safety
Created: June 13, 2019
Updated: June 13, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

TOP Level 2 Certification

Recommended

Course Description

Introduces the fundamentals in the use of sUAS to support public safety operations. Includes: search and rescue, law enforcement and fire operations. Integrates lectures, discussions and practical assignments facilitated by topical industry experts. Prepares individuals to handle infrared sUAV camera’s and understand the practical application within each topic. Recommended: COMM 111. Prerequisites: UAS 102; TOP Level 2 Certification. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define infrared technology and demonstrateits use in a sUAV IR camera.
  2. Apply thermal science and measurement technique.
  3. Prepare a sUAS thermal mission and demonstrate data acquisition.
  4. Apply an understanding of thermal data.
  5. Prepare and demonstrate a search and rescue matrix.
  6. Prepare and demonstrate a fire operation sUAS support method.
  7. Prepare and demonstrate a law enforcement data acquisition operation.
  8. Sit for the TOP Level 3 Certification Exam.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will demonstrate competencies via written tests, verbal demonstrations, flight demonstrations, thermography presentations and group/team participation.

Texts and Materials

  • Basic Infrared Thermography, Ruddock, 2013
  • Introduction to Thermographic Principles, Fluke Corporation, 2009
  • UAS for Emergency Response Services, Schloe, 2017
  • Search & Rescue with Drones, Massey, 2018

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Define infrared technology and demonstrate the skill in using a sUAV IR camera.
    • Infrared radiation
    • Electromagnetic radiation
    • Radiant energy
    • Infrared camera operation
  2. Apply thermal science and measurement technique.
    • Thermal science fundamentals
    • Thermodynamics
    • Heat transfer
    • Combustion
    • Infrared spectroscopy
    • Thermal conductivity
    • Thermal diffusivity
  3. Prepare a sUAS thermal mission and demonstrate data acquisition
    • Data user’s needs
    • Course plan
    • Position and velocity
    • Data acquisition points - pre and post missions
    • Reporting considerations
  4. Apply an understanding of thermal data.
    • Radiation emissions
    • Shortwave infrared
    • Kinetic temperature
    • Spectral emissivity
    • Thermal guidelines for data processing
  5. Prepare and demonstrate a search and rescue matrix.
    • Aerial Reconnaissance
    • Search Team contribution
    • Night flight
    • Assessment
  6. Prepare and demonstrate a fire operation sUAS support method.
    • Preparation
    • Flight characteristics
    • Thermal and photo assessment
    • Communication
    • Team integration
  7. Prepare and demonstrate a law enforcement data acquisition operation.
    • Aerial assessment
    • First on the scene
    • Cross-hatching photogrammetry
    • Quick assessment and evaluation.
  8. Sit for the TOP Level 3 Certification Exam.
    • The Level of Certification reflects the level of; skill, qualification, knowledge and safety precautions required to operate safely in different commercial UAS industries. Prerequisites:  TOP Level 2 completion as outline in UAS-102.