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 and Media, 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.
Values and understanding
We know that drone technology must be both robust and readily repairable if it is to be of lasting value to people.
We believe drone technologies need to integrate within existing infrastructure and supply chains if they are to be a viable and sustainable option.
We understand our activities fit within wider, complex political, social and economic ecosystems.