Unmanned Aircraft Systems
K-State is one of the first two Universities in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Our program uses a hands-on approach for learning and attaining the skills needed to safely operate and manage UAS -- it’s what sets K-State apart from the rest.
K-State Salina’s proximity to accessible restricted airspace creates an ideal setting for learning to fly unmanned aircraft. The Smoky Hills Weapons Range gives students the ability to gain hands-on flight experience. K-State Salina is also one of only a few universities with authorization to fly UAVs in the National Airspace System.
The mission of the K-State at Salina Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (UASPO) is to facilitate and promote the safe incorporation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System above Kansas and beyond. We use our experience operating, and maintaining aircraft to operate, within the National Airspace System to establish operational guidelines, policies, and procedures and provide for operator training for Unmanned Aerial Systems to fly within the state of Kansas.
We also work closely with private contractors, government, and government-affiliated agencies to ensure the safe realization of the Kansas UAS concept of operations.