Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into Operations Conducted by State Departments of Transportation

The overall goal is to provide guidance to New England DOTs regarding best practices when incorporating UAS into daily operations. The research will focus on the following: (1) exploring UAS applications in order to support state DOT missions and identify those most suitable for specific (or categorical) DOT operational missions; (2) identification of up-to-date technologies and support systems that are necessary in order to accomplish the selected use-cases; (3) addressing challenges associated with the implementation and integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations; (4) developing processes to carry out selected UAS applications.