Unmanned Aircraft (UA) Operations

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

News and Announcements  

The Unmanned Aircraft program will be launching an online submission system for flight requests on March 23rd. Read more about the new system in the most recent UAS blog post. For assistance with the changes, refer to the UAS resources linked on the Education page. Visit the UAS blog site to stay up to date on UA news, program enhancements, changes, and all things drone.

Staff for the Unmanned Aircraft program continue to operate as usual. Learn more about COVID-19 updates related to UA activities. 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.


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 UAS online submission system. You can also reference the Drones Quickstart Guide for assistance.