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Where next for drone systems?


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Dr Steve Wright explains the technologies that have enabled the success of drones, the factors making them different from manned aircraft, and the developments likely to be needed in the future.

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Date and Time

17 September 2018 - 19:00-21:00


Bristol, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Bristol local network.

About this event

MAVs, UAVs, Drones, Quads, call them what you will. A set of technologies has converged to cause a breakthrough in capability and cost, which has created a new industry and colossal interest from many parties who see both opportunities and threats.

The laws of physics have not changed, so this revolution has been enabled by developments in avionics and "systems" (the sensors and actuators that link avionics to the real world). Ironically, these same technologies are now the limiting factor in performance and reliability, and further progress will require the adoption of some of the methods used by conventional (usually manned) aircraft. This talk shall examine these key drone technologies, how they differ from their more complex and expensive cousins, and how they might evolve in the future.


19:00 - Networking and free refreshments
19:30 - Lecture

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About the speaker

Dr Steve Wright is now Associate Profressor - Aerospace Engineering & Knowledge Exchange at the University of the West of England (UWE), after 25 years as a software, electronics and systems engineer at Rolls-Royce, ST Microelectronics, and Airbus. During his career, he has contributed to aircraft including the Airbus A320, A330, A340, A380, A400M, A350, and Boeing 747, 757, 767, and 777. His doctorate investigated the application of modern Formal Methods to microprocessor Instruction Set Architectures, and he now lectures and conducts research into Avionics and Aircraft Systems, particularly in the field of UAVs. He has now founded the Unmanned Flight Laboratory (UFL) at the UWE, developing UAV technologies for a variety of industrial customers.


Room 2Q49
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

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