Drone Services

FITS utilizes multiple drones that are specialized to fulfill different objectives. Drones are not one size fits all and part of our drone service is determining what tool is best used to complete the flight. 

Examples of what we can provide include top-down aerials, 360° images, oblique views, and 3D points clouds. Part of our drone request process is educating users on the types of data derivatives to ensure the flight is as effective as possible. 

A front image of the DJI Matrice drone

DJI Matrice 210

The DJI Matrice 210 is often used for aerial mapping (20-acre areas per flight), inspections, and photography.

An image of the Wingtra drone

WingtraOne GEN II

The WingtraOne GEN II is our large-scale mapping drone used for campus mapping (400-acre areas per flight). 

An image of the Freefly Alta drone

Freefly Alta X

The Freefly Alta X is used to develop dense data sets of small areas, utilizing three sensors at once to capture LiDAR, hyperspectral, and RGB imagery data simultaneously (20-acres per flight).

Getting a Drone Program Off Ground

Andrew Neil and Aaron Kidwell present at the Campus FM Technology Association (CFTA) conference in 2021 on how our drone program began and how other universities can do the same. In this presentation they provide an overview of use cases and the benefits of utilizing drones in our work.

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Submit a New FITS Request

FITS is here to assist the university community with your facility and spatial data needs. If you are in need of assistance regarding one of our systems or the data we manage, please submit a FITS Request using the following link: