The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program mission is to identify, evaluate and transition effective and affordable UAS capabilities that meet NOAA’s observing requirements. UAS can advance NOAA’s ability to monitor and understand the global environment by complimenting observations from satellites, ships, aircraft, balloons, and surface-based sensors. Actionable and reliable environmental intelligence provided by unmanned systems improve forecasts, save lives, property and resources, advancing NOAA's mission goals.