Navigating the skies: transforming aviation with future flight

UKRI’s Future Fight Challenge delivered by Innovate UK is revolutionising aviation. Join this transformative journey now by registering on our landscape map.

In the ever-changing landscape of aviation, Innovate UK is at the forefront of revolutionising the way we connect, deliver, and serve. The Future Flight Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, is a visionary £300 million programme initiated by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and stands as a beacon of the third revolution in aviation.

Its mission? To reshape the aviation system, introducing innovative classes of zero emission and autonomous vehicles, and redefining how we transport people, goods, and services.

Creating a new industry ecosystem

At the heart of this challenge lies the creation of a new industry ecosystem. Innovate UK collaborates with a diverse array of sectors, from traditional aviation to complementary tech areas such as net zero energy, infrastructure, software, and communication systems. This cross-sector collaboration is not just a challenge; it’s an opportunity to reshape the future of the industry.

Nurturing collaboration

One of the key successes of the future flight programme has been its ability to unite tech companies, end-users, and regulators. Together, they shape the future of aviation, focusing on strategic use-cases that directly benefit essential public services. Medical deliveries by drone, infrastructure inspection, and collaboration with the Royal Mail are just the beginning. Through our landscape map, the programme connects end-users with innovators and investors, fostering a collaborative environment crucial for progress.

Female technician working on a drone in a laboratory.

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Showcasing the UK’s capabilities

As the programme enters its final 18 months, showcasing the UK’s capabilities becomes paramount. The Future Flight Challenge landscape map will play an increasingly vital role in engaging and building this community. It not only highlights the incredible research and development projects taking flight in the UK but also underlines the vital investments essential for the programme’s continuation.

Looking ahead

The future flight programme continues to evolve. The focus will increasingly shift towards industrialisation, helping businesses scale and grow. The landscape map, an invaluable asset, will play a pivotal role in this journey.

Join the flight

Our landscape map is growing every week, welcoming new organisations into this vibrant community. We invite you to be a part of this transformative journey. Whether you’re an innovator, investor, or enthusiast, your participation is invaluable.

Register and sign up for the landscape map, and let’s pioneer the skies together.

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