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Protest video and photos: Say No to US Military Drone Tests in UK Skies!

On Saturday 14th August protesters gathered outside RAF Waddington airbase in Lincolnshire. They were there to oppose US company General Atomics’ experimental flights of its new SkyGuardian drone over the UK this summer.  Watch a video of the protest with interviews below: Airspace regulators decided in July that the flights could go ahead. SkyGuardian flights are to be conducted fromContinue reading “Protest video and photos: Say No to US Military Drone Tests in UK Skies!”

Take action!

It would be very helpful if you could send the following email to the Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority, Sir Stephen Hillier. Please let us have a copy of any reply you receive. More information on this topic is available here and here. Subject: Concerns on SkyGuardian trial flights in UK airspace Email: stephen.hillier@caa.co.uk Dear Sir Stephen,Continue reading “Take action!”

Above us only drones? We need to examine the costs and risks of rising civil and military drone use in the UK

Tim Street If you look up to the sky today you might see a few passenger planes soaring high above the clouds, or one or two light aircraft enjoying an outing. But have you ever thought how the sky might appear when you look up in a few years’ time? How would you feel ifContinue reading “Above us only drones? We need to examine the costs and risks of rising civil and military drone use in the UK”

Eroding the Right to Protest: Drone Surveillance and Policing in the UK

Holly Barrow In recent years, activists and campaigners have noted a concerted effort by the UK Government to dilute the right to protest. Liberty – the UK’s largest civil liberties organisation – has worked tirelessly to combat this, with some of its campaigns particularly focusing on the Government’s use of technological surveillance to silence dissent. Continue reading “Eroding the Right to Protest: Drone Surveillance and Policing in the UK”

Press Release: Campaigners call for cancellation of US drone flights from Lincolnshire base on safety grounds

01865 243688 / 07854 099551 ukdronewatch@gmail.com                              ukdronewatch.net Peace House 19 Paradise Street Oxford OX1 1LD Campaigners call for cancellation of US drone flights from Lincolnshire base on safety grounds Campaigners are urging a rethink on safety grounds of plans to allow US companyContinue reading “Press Release: Campaigners call for cancellation of US drone flights from Lincolnshire base on safety grounds”

Police use of drones to monitor political protests revealed

Chris Cole Freedom of Information requests submitted by UK Drone Watch have revealed that a number of British police forces have been using unmanned drones to monitor political protests, with Black Lives Matter demonstrations receiving particular attention. The revelation comes as new polling shows significant public concern about government plans to expand the use of drones withinContinue reading “Police use of drones to monitor political protests revealed”

New polling shows significant public concern over plans to expand use of drones in the UK

Chris Cole A new poll has found significant public concern about proposals to open UK skies to large drones. A poll of 2,000 people carried out for UK Drone Watch by polling company Yonder on plans to open UK airspace to drones that fly ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) found that: 51% were worried about theContinue reading “New polling shows significant public concern over plans to expand use of drones in the UK”

General Atomics plan flights of its new drone in UK – safety fears prevented previous flights in the US

Chris Cole A SkyGuardian UAV at General Atomics’ California factory. General Atomics is to bring a company-owned SkyGuardian drone to the UK in the summer to undertake “a series of operational capability demonstrations” for the UK and other NATO members.The RAF’s soon to be acquired Protector drone is a version of the SkyGuardian with a range ofContinue reading “General Atomics plan flights of its new drone in UK – safety fears prevented previous flights in the US”

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