Commercial Drones – what are the opportunities & unintended consequences? [POSTPONED]

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Date(s) - 19/05/2016
18:00 - 20:00

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UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE HAD TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT – A NEW DATE WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY

COMMERCIAL DRONES – WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES & UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES?

Thursday 19 May 2016

18.00 ~ Westminster

What are drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)?  They can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems.  Information can be collected for later downloader relayed in real-time via terrestrial or satellites communications.

Apart from military deployment, are we ready to embrace the civilian capabilities of commercial drones from agriculture and energy production to surveillance, news, manufacturing and retail?

Will the recently announced report recommendations of the Committee of industry representatives, appointed by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), see regulations potentially opening up and leading to the rapid expansion of commercial drones from companies keen to embrace the technology?  How will the UK government and Civil Aviation Authority react and what is the EU approach?

What will be the impact on society? Whilst the use of commercial drones is still in its infancy policy makers need to consider the wider opportunities on markets and economics and potential implications of drone traffic regulation, surveillance restrictions, drone hijacking, criminal activity, potential employment consequences, our clear blue skies, the development of drone docking stations?

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