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Future Flight Challenge

Future Flight aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly.

Future Flight Challenge

Future Flight aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly. It will support the development of a novel integrated aviation system around freight-carrying drones, urban air vehicles to hybrid-electric regional aircraft.

The challenge will also develop the supporting ground 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 aviation to reduce its environmental impact around the world.

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


What are the opportunities?

The Future Flight Challenge 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.

And, to enable widespread, safe use of these new vehicles, the Future Flight Challenge will also help the wider aviation system to develop upgraded physical, computer and regulatory infrastructure.

The challenge will cover four areas of activity:

  • Control and regulations including air traffic management
  • New operating models
  • Ground infrastructure
  • Integrating new aircraft with a new aviation system


How KTN can help

KTN has a wide breadth of knowledge base and connections into a range of sectors, technologies and services to enable you to build the diverse super-consortia needed to deliver this challenge. KTN will work with UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) to convene experts, consortium leads and anyone interested in joining a consortium to enable knowledge exchange and new connections to be made. You can contact key staff below; alternatively contact to reach the team.

Michelle Carter – Head of Transport
George Filip – KTM, Autonomous Vehicles
Phil Williams – Head of Complex Systems

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