This five day course is intended to provide an overview of primary Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (UAS) technologies. Read more Read less

It is therefore wide-ranging and will cover most of the modern major developments and look into the future by way of existing trends. The course will be illustrated with practical examples, supporting video material, make use of demonstrations, highlight the difficulties of meeting conflicting requirements and involve audience participation.

At a glance

  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750. Includes tuition and course materials.

Course structure

A five day course combining theory and a number of practical sessions.

What you will learn

UAV systems are changing the way that armed forces around the world think and operate and the potential for commercial applications in certain key areas is becoming increasingly recognised. However, at this relatively early stage in their development, it is not always easy to identify the best ways forward, to determine customer need or to formulate the technical and business challenges. The course will provide an understanding of the technical issues.

Core content

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Overview 
  • Aerodynamics
  • Stability and Control
  • Propulsion
  • Structures and Materials
  • Communications
  • Electro-optic and Infra-red Sensors
  • Guidance and Control
  • Radar and Signatures
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Flight Performance
  • Networking for UAVs
  • Sense and Avoid
  • Virtual Demonstrations
  • UAV Energy Conservation


This course runs once a year.

Who should attend

The course is suitable for engineers, scientists and managers who would benefit from an overview of UAV development and technology. Both specialists in search of a broader perspective and newcomers to the field will benefit from attending. This is an ideal opportunity for networking with colleagues from the armed services and industry.


The instructors are all experts within their fields, with service and industrial backgrounds and are well-versed in explaining clearly the intricacies of their subjects to both the specialist and newcomer.

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Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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