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Geospatial Mapping Services at Virginia Tech: UAVs/Drones Information and Services

This is a guide to help Virginia Tech community members discover geospatial data and Geographic Information System (GIS) resources and services available for their research.

Laws & Regulations



Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech Drone Policy
    This policy applies to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students flying on university owned property or operating university-owned aircraft, contains specific protocols  for different circumstances.
  • Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
    Virginia Tech's Policy 5820 on the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems facilitates drone use  for research, education and recreation and helps preserve a safe, secure environment.


Facilities (Virginia Tech) and Training

Facilities (Virginia Tech) 

  • Drone Park
    The football-field-size facility gives students, researchers, employees and members of the community a place to explore UAS operations without the constraints of registration, certification, or specialized training.


  • YouTube
    Many videos on flying drones and UAVs. can be found on here. 


Research/Forums/Listservs & Associations


  • Drones - Open Access Journal
    Drones is a international peer-reviewed open access, peer reviewed journal.  The journal focuses on design and applications of drones, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV),  Unmanned Aircraft systems (UAS), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), etc.rdware 
  • Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems
    This journal an interdisciplinary forum for an ongoing scholarly dialogue of original research, articles, books, essays, and commentary by both internationally established and developing experts in the various disciplines constituting the field of UAS.

Online Catalog & Databases (Virginia Tech faculty, students and staff access) 

Forums/Listservs/Groups & Associations 

Data Request

Geospatial Data Consultant

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Ed Brooks
Room 3020 Newman Library

Virginia Tech
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
(540) 231-9225

Geospatial Data Curator

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Imma Mwanja
Newman Library Room 3010
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061