Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV): drones

UAS/UAV are changing the way organisations operate. And we can help you transform too.

UAS/UAV are changing the way organisations operate. And we can help you transform too. Our team’s mission is to support you as you work to adopt and exploit these new technologies.

Will Barnes, UAS Service Lead

At Frazer-Nash, we know that many organisations, like yours, are looking to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, to improve efficiency, safety, and productivity.

The possibilities are endless – and we can support you from the very early stages of adoption, helping you to understand your needs and the best options for you, to the development and testing of a UAS or UAV capability that meets your goals. Then, as you capture data, we can help you fully understand and intelligently exploit this.

Whatever your particular scenario, we know that our systems, engineering and technology expertise can provide you with a game changing UAS or UAV capability. So, whatever your stage of the adoption life cycle, we can help you realise your ambitions.


Here are just a few of the ways we can help you. We can:

Help you understand your business and how drones can add value:

We can work with you to determine what intelligence or data you need to improve what you do, and how you can best capture and exploit it.

Look at the costs and performance of different UAS and UAV systems and consider the optimum ways of achieving your goals

We provide insight into how you can meet your goals and help you benchmark various options as part of your decision making process.

We’ve already done this for a number of organisations, including a government department that looked to us to provide clarity and insight on costs and performance in support of their UAS programme.

Quickly test your big ideas

You might have a clear view of a UAS capability that you’re confident will transform your organisation.

We can apply our agile Systems Approach to visualise, rapidly develop and test a capability that will meet your needs, proving the potential in your big ideas.

For example, we developed a bespoke high-speed modular UAS for a national security client – enabling them to deliver specialist payloads, and to undertake complex object tracking using embedded artificial intelligence.

Work with you to scale up your UAS operations

We can help you scale your UAS or UAV operations intelligently – maximising your resources.

We have supported national organisations to develop a clear UAS strategy and governance model to achieve more from their UAS capability.

Help you operate over large distances

Maybe you need to operate over long distances or cover large areas, overcoming the regulatory challenges associated with these types of operation. Here, we can look at novel and safe ways you can achieve what you need.

We have experience of developing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) safety cases and applying approaches to safely use autonomy. For example, we’ve used our expertise to develop leading remote overhead line and sub-station inspection capability.

Work with you to move payloads from A to B

With extensive experience in supporting humanitarian aid, we can work with you to improve your logistics.

As an example, we developed a humanitarian aid delivery drone that could be launched in swarms from transport aircraft.

In addition to the drone design, we developed the air vehicle, a aerial deployment system, a certification roadmap, the operational concept, and ground-based logistical elements!

Deliver multi system mission management expertise

We are delivering an intelligent routing and planning system for autonomous vehicles, which has the real-time intelligent capacity to adapt to previously undetected obstacles.

We can support compliance and help you assure autonomy

We have considerable expertise in safety, regulations and compliance – ensuring your licence to operate and helping protect your reputation. 

We have recently led a consortium of industry experts to develop safety argument structures for assuring the safety of a system that ‘thinks for itself’.

When working with us, we tailor our services to meet your requirements. With an unrivalled breadth of expertise in Frazer-Nash – and our ability to transfer the very best knowledge and experiences from one industry to another – there’s always someone, somewhere in Frazer-Nash who has the answer to your unique problem.

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Our infographic below takes a look into how UAS/UAV could provide significant benefit through a wide range of applications. If you'd like to discover how we can help you realise your ambitions - send us a message.

Frazer-Nash is a member of Comit2Drones

Comit2Drones works for the benefit of its members to address the challenges and opportunities of operating drone technology in a construction environment. It aims to transform the industry and expand the market, creating a better and sustainable future for all its members

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The future of unmanned aerial systems

A look into how unmanned aerial systems could provide significant benefit through a wide range of applications.

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How we help you. Our support includes:

  • Concept development and visualisation, including option assessments, feasibility studies and operational modelling
  • Technology road mapping and techno economic assessments (TEA)
  • Agile design and development of hardware and software, including autonomy and swarming control, certification, trial planning and delivery and training
  • Integration of next generation systems
  • Safety case development (including BVLOS) and certification
  • Fleet management and through-life management including maintenance assessments
  • Data management, software development and human-machine interface (HMI) optimisation
  • Simulated environments including augmented reality, virtual reality and digital twins

 Our expertise

  • Drone requirements definition
  • UAS design, development, build and test
  • Safety and certification of UAS platforms and operations
  • Software
  • Automation
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

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