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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:

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Hannah Abson

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Funding Opportunities

Look Out! Maritime Early Warning Innovations

This Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for the development of alternative future concepts for Airborne Early Warning systems. Total funding £1.25M for contracts of up to £250k.

Opens: 10/05/2021 Closes: 06/07/2021

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Tech For Our Planet

The Tech For Our Planet challenge programme is an exciting new opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets. The best startups will have the chance to showcase their solutions on the international stage at COP26.

Opens: 12/05/2021 Closes: 25/06/2021

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25th June

Future Flight Café: Transforming off-shore wind farm inspection using drone swarms

Join this webinar to hear from the consortia behind the ‘Dr-SUIT’ project. The team is developing an integrated communication system to enable single pilot, multiple drone inspection of off-shore wind farms. A novel battery and recharging system, including a novel, ‘swarm-aware’ battery health management system, will transform asset management. Heading towards live trials before the end of Phase II, the team is keen to engage with a range of experts including Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) operators, drone service providers with OWF expertise/focus, wind turbine/blade manufacturers and IoT specialists.

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Horizon Europe Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility

Horizon Europe is the next European Funding Framework Programme following on from its predecessor Horizon 2020. It will run for seven years from 2021 to 2027. The total budget set for the programme is €95.5 billion. There are six Clusters under Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness. Climate, Energy and Mobility is Cluster 5.

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European funding opportunities in aerospace

Hear from the Aerospace Technology Institute, Innovate UK and the European Commission about how to access and apply for European funding.

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