About CITRIS Aviation
CITRIS Aviation specializes in gathering scientific data using unmanned aerial vehicles, with the goal of developing practical solutions in the fields of agriculture and landscape ecology, as well as promoting the use and understanding of aerial data collection in the community. To that end we conduct mapping flights for various university research projects, and also offer drone training courses.
The University of California Merced is a leader in UAV/UAS research. UCM houses the UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, which coordinates safe drone operations for the entire UC system. In addition, it is home to the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems & Automation (MESA) Lab, a state-of-the-art drone research & education lab led by Professor YangQuan Chen.
CITRIS Aviation builds upon UC Merced’s facilities and resources, offering research partnership opportunities to industry, and offering UAS instruction to their partners as well as to the general public.
UC Merced’s MESA (Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation) Lab is a multidisciplinary collaborative space that focuses heavily on airborne research: building, flying, and modifying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as aerial crop monitoring and analysis make up a large part of ongoing projects. MESA Lab collaborates with partners throughout the San Joaquin valley and beyond, including private agricultural growers, the USDA, PG&E and NASA/JPL.
Research topic include:
- UAS-based remote sensing
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Modeling and Control of Renewable Energy Systems
- Applied Fractional Calculus
The Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety offers expertise and ensures regulatory compliance for UAS operated within the entire University of California system. It also provides support and training for risk management and the safe operation. In addition, the Center is also authorized to grant certain forms of approval for UAS operations in the US via the Federal Aviation Administration.
CITRIS Aviation builds upon UC Merced’s facilities and resources, offering partnership opportunities to industry and the community to tackle current industrial and societal challenges.
Our courses offer an introduction to the applications surrounding drones and hands-on pilot training, and prepares students students for attaining the federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Certificate with a small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) rating.