UAV based data acquisition

UAV based data acquisition

General description

Country: Poland
Institution: Rzeszów University of Technology

EQF level: 7 (1st semester of master degree)
Department: Department of Aerospace Engineering
Language of instruction: Polish (for Polish students)

English (for Erasmus students)

Number of hours: 45 h
On site/online: On site
Course timeframe Winter semester (Oct’22-Feb’23)

Main educational goal

To acquire knowledge and skills in the field of in-flight tests and data acquisition with the usage Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Students will be familiarized with flight test preparation, data acquisition systems, data processing, data presenting and law aspects of this process.
Graduates of the course will gain knowledge and skills required of pilots of unmanned flying systems. They will be able to plan and supervise various types of missions, for example military, reconnaissance, inspection, rescue, transport etc. They will be prepared to use unmanned aerial vehicles of various types (multirotor, fixed wing, VTOL) and with different value of maximum take-off mass. Graduates of the course will have excellent knowledge of military and civil aviation operational procedures and knowledge of aviation law and airspace structures.

Students who pass the theoretical and practical exams will receive a license confirming the qualifications of an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, accepted in all countries of the European Union.

During the course a student acquires knowledge, technical and transversal skills including the ones needed in defence industry, as follow:


  • highly specialized knowledge on the flight test preparation (K1).
  • highly specialized knowledge on the data processing (K2).
  • highly specialized knowledge on UAV operations, limitations and applications (K3).

Technical Skills

  • prepare the flight tests to gather a desired set of data (S1).
  • process data to extract requested information (S2).
  • operate with a specific UAV aircraft (S3).
  • configure sensors and devices proper to desired goal of the UAV flight (S4).

Transversal Skills

  • apply teamwork in solving problems (C1).
  • be aware of the responsibility for jointly performed tasks (C2).


  • Basics of aviation law (K1-K4).
  • Man as a pilot and operator of RPAS (K1-K4).
  • Flight rules (K1-K4).
  • Flight safety and dangerous situations (K1-K4).
  • Operation, construction and operation of RPAS (K1-K4).
  • Test (1 hour).


  • Preparation for UAV flight (S1, C1, C2).
  • RPAS ground service (S2, C1, C2).
  • RPAS Airworthiness Assessment (S4, C1, C2).
  • Performing aviation activities (S3).

The course is dedicated to university master students. The acquired knowledge can be used by:

  • Aerospace Engineer – Aerospace engineers develop, test and oversee the manufacture of flight vehicles such as aircrafts, missiles, and spacecrafts. The field of engineering they are active in, can be divided into two branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.
  • Military Engineer – Military engineers perform technical and scientific functions in the military, such as the development of concepts for military technical equipment, support of the manufacturing of military equipment, and technical research, maintenance, and quality assurance.
  • Research engineer – Research engineers combine research skills and knowledge of engineering principles aiming to improve through research, processes, techniques, products, and systems at large.