ASPRS is the go-to association for UAS technology applied to geographic information science. At ASPRS we support the evolution and introduction of new technologies and methods – such as UAS -  that build upon the society’s historical roots in imaging science and technology in the form of photogrammetry and remote sensing..

UAS based solutions for mapping and remote sensing, and implementation of these around the globe, and within the US are a given. The timeframe is dependent on the finalization of applicable regulation by the FAA, ICAO and national aviation regulators around the globe , and assumption that legislation and regulation will not prohibit application of these technologies as additions to the portfolio of tools and technologies that are already being used for mapping and remote sensing.

It is the mission of ASPRS and our membership, who is focused on earth imaging in the sense of primary data acquisition as well as information extraction from image data for varies purposes, to provide the environment and opportunity for anyone interested  to learn, share and experience geographic information science in terms of the ASPRS vision: " Move geospatial information science, technology, and application forward as a holistic enterprise - one that recognizes the interdependence among the academic, public, and private sectors in this whole arena. We want to simultaneously maximize the scientific, societal, and commercial benefits to be realized from geospatial information into the next century.”

With the above as background, and with respect to UAS, ASPRS

·         Recognizes that Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as part of a larger Robotics landscape, presents exciting additions to a well established existing mapping and remote sensing science and technology portfolio.

·         Casts a wide net by recognizing robotic systems, and Unmanned Aerial Systems in particular, the context of ASPRS’s Holistic Vision for Geospatial Information Science, Technologies and Applications.

·         Educates the public, the media and our elected representatives about the scientific, societal, and commercial benefits to be realized in the US from this evolving geospatial information technology.

·         Educates the public, the media and our elected representatives on the differences between the military, law enforcement and peaceful/commercial use of these technologies – in the process specifically addressing the contrasts between surveillance and mapping / remote sensing, to move the discussion beyond privacy concerns.

·         Cooperates with other stakeholder communities, societies and organizations (FAA, AUVSI etc) in the development of an enabling environment supportive of the use of UAS in Geographic Information Science. 

·         Explores the need for new certifications, or changes to certification criteria, to address UAS specific topics as applied to mapping and remote sensing.

·         Explores the need for new guidelines and standards, or changes to existing guidelines and standards, to address UAS specific topics as applied to mapping and remote sensing.

  •   Keep our membership updated on the regulatory landscape for UAS as it evolves.

ASPRS invites you to contribute and actively participate as we work towards the safe and pragmatic deployment of UAS as part of the holistic geospatial information science enterprise.


Pierre le Roux Director: Primary Data Acquisition / UAS Division