UAS Operations in Southeast Europe - Study Abroad Kosovo 2018


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Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Dan Macchiarella


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, sUAS, UAS operations, Southeast Europe, Kosovo, DJI Phantom 4, DJI Inspire

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Students traveled to Southeast Europe from June 22nd until July 27th to learn basic and advance UAS theory and practice in a service learning project that helped document and preserve cultural heritage sites. Students from Kosovo, and staff from Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) Kosovo, joined with ERAU students working as teams. Student teams flew small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to capture images and video of cultural heritage sites. Photogrammetric processing of images provided highly detailed and accurate resources for the preservation of cultural heritage. Students learned, and gained, state-of-the-art UAS-related skills that have direct transfer to future work in the UAS profession. Additionally, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), American University of Kosovo (AUK) will collaborated. The study abroad was supported by the U.S. Embassy Kosovo.

Highlighting two of the nine principal projects, students imaged old Pristina and Ulpiana. Ulpiana was an ancient Roman city and is undergoing archeological excavations. Students are generated important documentation of the historic site that will be used to enhance research work. Student work in Prishtina assisted municipal decision-makers in who are making restoration decisions for an area that dates back over 500 years to the Ottoman Empire.


This video was produced byJoey Santella.

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