UAV Training Workshop

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General information

Successful operation of research Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) requires a range of expertise, from initial overall science planning to on-the-day piloting skills. This workshop will give you a basic knowledge of the four key areas of UAV-based Research.

Many Principal Investigators correctly identify Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft or RPAs) as a novel technique with moderate project risk, but often incorrectly assume this risk is dominated by technology failure. In practice, it is the project management, with many "unknown unknowns" that lead to failure or unacceptable project creep. This course will address this knowledge and provide scientists and researchers who are new to this research technique with understanding in the four key areas of UAV-based research.

The Four Fold Way of UAV Management

  • Aircraft, avionics and power systems: "The Platforms"
  • Sensors and logger systems: "The Instruments"
  • Initial mission identification, mission planning and strategy: "The Science"
  • Legislation, training, licences and insurance: "The Legal Elements"

For Light UAVs, there is strong inter-action between these four areas. The course will give a basic knowledge of each area, and enable you to identify which science field work is best addressed using unmanned aerial vehicles, how instruments can be integrated into a platform, and how the mission can be legally, safely and successfully accomplished. Taught by a number of expert lecturers from the scientific, private and public sectors across the UK, this course is not to be missed.

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Venue: UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC)
Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill
Edinburgh EH9 3HJ



£450 (VAT exempt) inc. all presentations, course notes and lunch. The course will take place at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. You may want to arrange overnight accommodation in Edinburgh if required. (This is not included in the course fee.)

Application Procedure:

To reserve your place please book online, email or call 01631 559 000. We expect the course to be fully subscribed as a result, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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