Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

Brent Chamberlain


Brent Chamberlain


Keunhyn Park


Calvin Coopmans


Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) are expected to fill our skies to provide services such as package delivery, supporting emergency services, and even as a new mode of transit. While the private sector has been developing UAS for many years, the planning realm has not considered this new technology’s potential impacts on our communities in any depth. A primary aspect of UAS integration is the development of vertiports, which facilitate ground-based interaction with UAS. These centers, unlike traditional aerial infrastructure, must be dispersed throughout communities to support UAS integration. This thesis aims to involve planning professions in UAS integration by identifying how the integration of vertiports may impact our communities, and how our communities may impact them. This is accomplished through two primary objectives: a perception study towards UAS and vertiports, followed by a suitability analysis for potential vertiport sites based on neighboring community elements. When combined, these analyses provide clear insight into the best potential developable areas and give planners a tool to begin UAS integration decisions within their communities.