Building on Maryland’s UAS Excellence

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site offers researchers, students, government and industry access to extensive resources and pools of expertise in every aspect of UAS research.


A world where unmanned aircraft systems are safely and responsibly used to improve lives.


As a leader in research, development, testing and education, we leverage and enhance existing skills, expertise and resources to safely and responsibly integrate and advance unmanned aircraft systems.


  • Establish UMD as the premier university advancing unmanned aircraft systems in the US, with an international presence.
  • Catalyze economic diversification, strengthening our UAS industrial base.
  • Conduct safe, efficient, effective operations in support of our mission.
  • Create and deliver products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.

MAAP Membership

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) under the FAA UAS Test Site program, along with Virginia and New Jersey. As one pillar of that strong team, we stand ready to assist the FAA with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

News & Events

UAS Expert Available to Comment on How New FAA Memo Will Affect Students

FAA to Relax Requirements for Student Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems more»

FOX5 DC Highlights UMD UAS Test Site's Role in NASA UTM Test

Television crew films UAS Test Site team's work with NASA's UAS traffic management research platform. more»

UMD UAS Test Site Hosts Engineering Interns

Aerospace Engineering interns to conduct cutting-edge UAS research more»

UMD UAS Test Site Hosts Fire / EMS UAS Summit

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site facilitates a first-of-its kind requirements development workshop for National Capital Region Fire and EMS leaders as they work to shape the future of UAS for first responder use. more»