UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or Drones

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is a remotely operated flying aircraft which can be piloted by a human or be completely automated.

There are an increasing number of types and models of UAVs which can be used in a wide range of applications, such as surveillance, mapping, surveying, aerial photography and emissions monitoring/sampling.

There are a range of manufacturers and models out there, from military drones which can even carry weapons, to low-cost, lightweight models that can be controlled by a mobile phone or tablet PC.

Some can have ranges of over 100km and can fly up to a height of 5000m whilst the more common models can fly for around 1 hour, up to 2000ft and in light winds.

Flying UAV