This £300 million challenge is delivering the third revolution in aviation by:
- funding innovative projects across the UK
- positioning the UK as a global leader in advanced aviation solutions
- setting up working groups to discuss, tackle and solve the main industry issues.
The challenge is working towards demonstrating:
- the safe integration and operation of drones
- advanced air mobility and regional aircraft
- advancements in electrification and autonomy.
Taking place over three phases, this £125 million investment is backed by £175 million from industry.
A clear plan
The challenge has a clear plan and strategy to advance future flight in the UK. And encourage its spread into society.
It has a vision for a future aviation system. Using new classes of electric, hydrogen and autonomous vehicles to transform how we:
- connect people
- deliver goods
- provide services.
Pivotal to the uptake, roll out and the success of future flight technologies are public:
- social desirability.
So the challenge has brought in social science research alongside further technology development. This helps build a comprehensive understanding of the complex public, community and stakeholder attitudes, concerns or expectations that will inform societies thinking about future flight.
This approach leads the way globally in gathering community and social insight.
The challenge connects industry, government and regulators in working groups which discuss, tackle and solve issues from across the sector. They help provide input and insight to government strategy and regulatory policy to ensure future flight becomes a reality in the UK.
Video credit: UKRI. An autogenerated transcript of the video is available on YouTube.