The Civic Drone Centre works with companies, individuals and organisations that are using, or planning to use, remotely operated vehicles across a wide range of scenarios. These span search and rescue activity, journalism and media and humanitarian aid. It seeks to provide technology and know-how to these organisations, and collaborate with a range of partners – locally, nationally and internationally – to explore and develop new technologies and knowledge in this sector.
Operating as a joint project between the UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, based in the School of Journalism, Language and Communication, and the Engineering Innovation Centre – located in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences – our work focuses resources on the three thematic areas, each with a unique set of technical, legal and ethical challenges.
By focussing on Humanitarian Aid, Journalism and Media, Search and Rescue, we’re committed to supporting a wide variety of civilian uses for UAV’s, submersibles and remotely piloted land vehicles.
The Civic Drone Centre is the home of a wide range of disciplines and expertise. Founded with a multidisciplinary mandate, our team includes aviation, engineering and intelligent systems, media and journalism, documentary filmmaking, legal frameworks, electronics and a range of complementary skills sets.
We have now launched a CPD short course ‘Unmanned Aviator Certificate of Expertise’ which is recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). For details click here.
News and updates from the Civic Drone Centre can be found on our dedicated news page: