Welcome to the RAeS UAS Specialist Group

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Specialist Group focuses on all aspects of unmanned aviation across industry, academia, and government.

A UAS is an unmanned aircraft system - an aircraft that has no pilot on-board but which is remotely piloted. UAS can be manually controlled aircraft, operated through pre-programmed flight plans, or operated by more complex automated systems involving on-board sensors and/or processed data.

UAS are used by the military but are increasingly being used by civil operators for civil operations including aerial photography, surveying and inspection, as well as in support of emergency services and disaster management teams.

The UAS Specialist Group holds an annual conference and regular workshops. Further details are provided on our Events page.

The Civil Aviation Authority provide guidance on flying drones and unmanned aircraft. Full details and guidance can be found via the CAA website

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NEWS AND EVENTS

  • 3 Oct
    Conference

    UAS in Daily Life

    The Annual UAS Conference will focus on key themes facing the UAS industry in 2016 and beyond. The second day of the conference will focus on research and development.

  • 3 Oct
    Branch Event

    The Rise of the Bomber

    A look at the rise of the bomber in the years before the Second World War and how the effect this had on fighter development nearly cost us the Battle of Britain.

  • 4 Oct
    Conference

    5th Aircraft Structural Design Conference

    The Royal Aeronautical Society’s 5th Aircraft Structural Design Conference, undertaken with the support of the University of Manchester, will address the challenges facing the designers of the next generation aircraft.

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