Uncrewed Technologies

an uncrewed aircraft sits on a table
An AeroVironment Puma small uncrewed aircraft system (sUAS) awaiting test flights to sense and image oil on water in the Santa Barbara Channel. Photo: Todd Jacobs/NOAA.

A Collaborative Center for Unmanned Technologies formed at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the Center serves as an operational hub to engage in rigorous testing and evaluation of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), and uncrewed surface vehicles (USV) in their application for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' research and management requirements. The Center is also responsible for developing the necessary procedures and protocols for successful operations which can be exported to other National Marine Sanctuaries and throughout NOAA. For more information, contact todd.jacobs@noaa.gov.