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

News and Announcements  

Staff for the Drone Operations Program continue to operate as usual. Learn more about COVID-19 updates. Additional information can be found on the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research COVID-19 webpage.

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