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Pilotless flight trialled in UK shared airspace

13 May 2013 Last updated at 17:05 BST

A Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly "unmanned" across UK shared airspace last month.

An on-board pilot handled the take-off, from Warton, near Preston in Lancashire, and landing, in Inverness.

But during the 500-mile journey, the specially adapted plane was controlled by a pilot on the ground, instructed by the National Air Traffic Services.

Peter Marshall spoke to Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal, programme director of the Astraea consortium organising the flight, inside the historic plane.