World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0012249662
Reproduction Date:

Title: ParcAberporth  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Aerospace industry in the United Kingdom, Selex ES, Unmanned aerial vehicle, Fane Aircraft Company, GFS Projects
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


ParcAberporth is a technology park created on what was Royal Air Force (RAF) station Aberporth, near the village of that name in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.[1] The station was one of two local sites that had been used as a site for a missile range that stretched out for some miles into the nearby Cardigan Bay.[1] This Danger Area still exists and is known as Danger Area D201.[1][2] Parc Aberporth is the UK's purpose-built testing site for unmanned aircraft. The Parc Aberporth centre was specially developed to test and trial unmanned aircraft, for both military and civilian use.


Aberporth Rocket Projectile Establishment began operation on the site in 1941 during the Second World War.[3] It remained the principal UK live firing testing site for surface to air missile development for all branches of the UK military, in addition to the use of other rocket test sites such as Woomera in Australia, and High Down, Isle of Wight and at Spadeadam in Cumbria - the largest RAF base in the UK.[4][5] It is currently the only site in the UK licensed to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the UK. Since the RAF left, the testing facilities at nearby Parcllyn, are operated by QinetiQ, and the old RAF camp at Blaenannerch (now recreated as ParcAberporth) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government. Next to ParcAberporth is West Wales Airport and is owned by businessman Ray Mann, who operates West Wales Airport.

ParcAberporth was created by the Welsh Development Agency, (which in 2006, merged in to the Welsh Government) to utilise the facilities and skills in the area. It has been focused as an operational test and evaluation centre for Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). One of the main difficulties in getting a wider acceptance of UAVs in civilian and commercial use has been integrating unmanned flights with existing aviation. Work at ParcAberporth and West Wales Airport has been possible as a 6-nautical-mile (11 km) radius around the airfield has been designated Restricted airspace - Temporary (RA(T)) up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) allowing UAVs to operate without special dispensation.

Since 2004, ParcAberporth is the site for an annual event of exhibition and conference devoted to the UAV industry.

2009 UAV crash

In 2009 a Selex Falco UAV crashed on the site.[1] It was under control of a pilot at the site and landed within the perimeter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "VFR Guide". Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Safety concerns as spy plane crashes at new test centre".  
  3. ^ Brian J. Ford ‘Secret Weapons: Death Rays, Doodlebugs and Churchill’s Golden Goose’ Osprey 2013
  4. ^ C.N.Hill ‘A Vertical Empire: The History of the UK Rocket and Space Programme, 1950-1971’ Imperial College Press 2001
  5. ^ Wayne D. Cocroft & Roger J.C. Thomas with P.S. Barwell Ed. ‘Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989’ English Heritage 2004

External links

  • Opening of a centre of excellence for developing unmanned aircraft
  • Protesters from CND Cymru and other groups call for end of military drone testing
  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) extends the seven mile (11km) zone inland to 46 miles (74km)
  • Maiden flight of the Watchkeeper, an unmanned military surveillance plane
  • Elbit one of Israel's largest defence companies with Thales UK - has been awarded an £800m contract for the development of a new defence system known as Watchkeeper
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.