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Future Flight

Future Flight can transform our lives. It will inspire the next generation of sustainable aviation and revolutionise how we connect people, deliver goods and provide services, using new classes of electric and autonomous vehicles.

The challenge focuses on the development of the digital and physical infrastructure, regulation and control systems required to use these new aircraft practically and safely.

These new modes of travel will increase mobility, reduce road congestion, improve connectivity, increase UK manufacturing opportunities and help reduce the environmental impact of air travel. A new report commissioned by UKRI and the Future Flight Challenge suggests potential cost savings of 20%-48% from the use cases studied.

The Future Flight programme is funded by £125m from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is expected to be matched by up to £175m from industry.

What are the opportunities?

Future Flight will deliver a new revolution in aviation by bringing together technologies in electrification, digital and autonomy to create new modes of air travel and capability; enabling flying taxis, drones delivering goods and services, and small, all-electric aircraft – innovations that could address the mobility and congestion problems faced by increasingly urban, ageing populations, and reduce the carbon footprint of the global aviation system.

To deliver on the ambitions of Future Flight it will require collaboration amongst a diverse network of innovators, particularly those organisations who do not traditionally operate in the aviation sector. Future Flight needs digital innovators, business model experts, local authorities, asset owners architects, AI, regulatory experts and social scientists to list a few.

 

Watch a video about Windracers, one of the companies that has participated in Future Flight, below:

Our Future Flight Expert

Hannah Abson

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Funding Opportunities

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Spring 2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects.

Opens: 06/04/2021 Closes: 19/05/2021

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£3.6 million for tech ensuring offshore windfarms can coexist with UK Air Defence

DASA has announced Phase 2 of the competition Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, offering up to £3.6 million for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore windfarms.

Opens: 23/03/2021 Closes: 15/06/2021

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Recorded: 23rd April

Future Flight Fridays: Dealing with Complexity

Join us monthly on a Friday lunchtime for Future Flight Fridays, a series of hour-long webinars ideal for anyone interested in becoming involved in the Future Flight programme. The series will cover diverse subjects and will help participants foster collaborations and share knowledge.

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News

09.11.2020

First wave of Future Flight projects announced to negate COVID-19 impacts and deliver new aviation technologies

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced the first wave of winners from a £33.5 million investment in new aviation technologies and use of drones to combat COVID-19.

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08.03.2021

The successful applicants in the Faraday Investment Readiness Programme

Meet the SMEs in the electric vehicle battery sector who have been selected to take part in the Faraday Investment Readiness Programme delivered by Innovate UK and KTN.

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