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The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is growing in research and civil applications. Advancing technology offers huge potential which is just starting being used. We present a method to have a helicopter UAS interacting with the environment physically. This basic technology, which includes high precision control and a vision system can be adapted for different in situ measurement tasks. Applications cover a wide range from placement of sensors or direct measurements to sampling. While UAS systems get more complex, we describe a way of interacting with a them by means of an interactive control framework, which can also include other systems and sensors.