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The Department of the Interior (and USGS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operational strategy emphasizes small systems with a combined aircraft and payload weight of less than 55 pounds. These small UAS are designed to support short (90 minute) missions and operate on rechargeable batteries or gasoline. This strategy recognizes that any given small UAS model will have a limited life span based on the rapid evolution of commercially available UAS platforms. Supporting this dynamic operational environment requires researchers to continually work on evaluating and integrating newer, less expensive and more flexible platforms.
Learn more: National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office Platforms