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Civilian Drones

Peter Day investigates the business use of what some call, with a shiver, drones. Could an unmanned aerial vehicle be delivering your pizza in the not too distant future?

For decades, unpersoned planes have been used by the military in places such as Afghanistan and Pakistan to watch the ground and deliver weapons controlled by remote pilots thousands of kilometres away. But now companies and experts are putting their minds to turning military drones into civilian vehicles that can do things cheaper and better than piloted planes. Peter Day investigates unmanned aerial vehicles and how they are already being used by farmers and the police. Also, could a drone be delivering your pizza in the not too distant future?

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30 minutes

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Sun 8 Sep 2013 21:30

Contributors to this programme

Adrian Eves
head of flight operations, Callen-Lenz

Jonathan Webber
Managing Director, Callen-Lenz

Sue Wolfe
Project Manager, Callen- Lenz


Matthew Ellis
Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Police



Dr Stephen Prior

Reader in Unmanned Air Vehicles at Southampton University


Professor Jim Scanlan
Professor of Aerospace Design at Southampton University

Craig Hoyle
Defence editor at Flight International

Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal
Director of the Astraea Project


Nick Meyrick
from Selex ES

Paola Santana
co-founder of Matternet


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