UAS Group

What is a UAS?

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.

Group objectives

The UAS Specialist group aims to:

  • Act as a focus for all Society activities on UAS.

  • Promote the Society as a knowledgeable and independent authority on UAS matters.

  • Promote the safe and effective development, production and operation of UAVs for defence, security and commercial purposes.

  • Be the Society's main point of contact with outside bodies on UAS issues.

  • Forge strong and effective links with outside bodies to work together to achieve these objectives.

  • Stimulate informed debate and discussion on UAS matters.

  • Facilitate the national and international strategic debate on regulatory issues.

  • Promote fair and balanced education about the UAS sector within schools and universities.


The Society’s UAS Specialist Group runs a conference every year and a number of interactive workshops addressing key aspects of the UAS arena, from societal issues, to maintenance (the 2016 Conference considered the current UAS landscape including future developments and advances from Facebook to more novel applications).

Get in touch

If you specialise in this field, or wish to find our more, explore our additional resources below. To get involved with the activities of the UAS Group please contact the Chairperson by contacting