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Civilian Drones

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

For decades, unmanned 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?

(Picture: An unmanned aerial vehicle, Credit: BBC)

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29 minutes

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

Selex ES


Paola Santana

co-founder of Matternet



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