About Us

The UMD UAS Test Site leverages the capabilities of the people and infrastructure in Southern Maryland and the University System of Maryland for technical and policy issues associated with UAS. UAS work by the University, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and industries throughout Maryland is supported by federal, state and local governments, as well as industry and other sectors.

The Test Site Brings Together:

  • Intellectual expertise and experts, many of whom have been conducting collaborative UAS research for decades
  • Airspace, both segregated and non-segregated, to fly UAS
  • Research and development infrastructure, both existing and planned expansions, to support UAS development
  • Education opportunities, ranging from K-12 through the world-recognized and ranked capabilities of the University of Maryland, to prepare the workforce of tomorrow

The existing relationships between the University and NAVAIR are a cornerstone of our capability, in addition to growing partnerships with industry, academia and government agencies. We stand ready to assist the FAA with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

Meet the Test Site Team

As our desire to enable Fearless Flight of UAS by ensuring safety and reliability is perfectly in step with the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s desire to promote Fearless Engineering, so are our team members an elegantly balanced blend of technical, political, and communication expertise. Representing each of the three Southern Maryland counties, our team has extensive background in military and civil aviation.

Matt Scassero, Director, UMD UAS Test Site Matt Scassero is the Director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, focusing the resources and efforts of the state of Maryland on working with the FAA to integrate UAS into the national airspace, and enabling public access to these valuable assets to empower a flourishing civil and commercial UAS industry... [read more]

Tony Pucciarella, Director of Operations Tony Pucciarella serves as the Director of Operations for the UMD UAS Test Site, responsible for the airworthiness evaluation of systems and the safe conduct of all test flight operations. He is an industry recognized expert in airworthiness, airspace integration, and operations for both manned and unmanned operations... [read more]

Privacy Policy

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is dedicated to the responsible integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). One aspect of this responsible integration is respect for privacy. As such, the UMD UAS Test Site operates in accordance with the privacy policy created under the former Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. This policy provides guidance in the operation of the Test Site to ensure that, in the course of the research, development, and test and evaluation process, the privacy of all individuals is respected.

View the UAS Test Site Privacy Policy online.

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