School of GeoSciences

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), represent an exciting and rapidly developing technology with widespread potential for application in the GeoSciences.

The Airborne GeoSciences facility is embracing this new technology and aims to provide highly professional services to researchers including:

  • Platform and sensor development and associated support
  • Fully supported data acquisitions
  • Operational and theoretical training and standardisation
  • Equipment loan

We are now operating a broad fleet of 'Small' (less than 20 kg) UAS.

We have also developed procedures and documented an Operations Manual to professional standards, and intend to obtain recognised pilot qualifications and a CAA Permission for Commercial Operations in the near future.

All facility UAS operations are conducted to the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance as outlined in our SUAS Operations Manual.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Fleet

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The Airborne GeoSciences facility operates a fleet of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) of various types in support of internally-held research projects and teaching programmes, with some platform development ongoing.

UAS Development

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We have accumulated significant experience in the development of Arducopter-based custom UAS solutions.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training

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We are able to provide specialised professional training for researchers and students planning to use UAS in their work.