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The first conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems in broadcast use will be hosted by R&D at the end of October.

On the 31st of October BBC R&D and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group will be jointly hosting a conference exploring the use of UAS, or ‘drones’ in broadcast. Over the course of one day at Sywell Aerodrome the broadcast industry and the UAS operator industry will meet for the first event of this kind in the UK. The UK TV industry is leading the world in the safe, effective and efficient use of small flying systems for filming purposes. From natural history, to drama, and even the Great British Bake Off, the use of UAS has introduced new capabilities across a wide range of genres.

BBC R&D has worked on this area of technology for several years, pushing the limits of what is possible. With the community of independent operators now being several hundred strong, and the core technologies reaching maturity, it’s about time that the broadcasters, pilots, manufacturers and regulators convened to look at the state of the art, and explore the direction this field might move in next.

The event is small, and is now invite only, our general tickets having completely sold out. We’ll have strands looking at broadcast craft skills, payload technology, emergent new platforms, legal issues, regulation and training, with safety a key feature of all discussions. Weather permitting the day will also feature flying demonstrations under the watchful eye of Sywell Tower.

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