Drone Operations

All personnel, including faculty, staff, students and third parties (contractors) wishing to operate drones on Penn State property, or as part of a Penn State activity must go through the proper channels to request approval. Drone operations are not permitted until approval is granted by the central Drone Operations Team within the Office for Research Protections (orp-drones@psu.edu | 814-865-1775). Please submit your request to fly at least one week in advance

Drone Announcements

The Remote ID Rule goes into effect for pilots on September 16, 2023. Please review the information located on the Drone Blog for the next steps.


Getting Started

Review these quick steps to get started with the process to fly at Penn State.

Request to Fly

Penn State and 3rd parties can request to fly using our online form. Please submit your request to fly at least one week in advance.


Policies & SOPs

Refer to policies and procedures for information about flying at Penn State.


See the Training and Resources page for resources and videos on navigating the Drones RSS online submission system. You can also reference the Drones Quickstart Guide for assistance.