Future Flight Challenge

Future Flight services and enabling technologies such as AI and electric propulsion will transform how we connect people, transport goods and deliver services in a sustainable way that delivers socio-economic benefits across the UK.

About the Future Flight Challenge

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge is helping build the ecosystem needed to accelerate the introduction of advance air mobility, drones, and zero-emission regional aircraft in the UK.

Working with industry, academia, government and regulators, and stakeholders across the country, the Future Flight Challenge is co-funded by industry and the UK government to support the development of future flight services and enabling technologies such as AI and autonomy, digital communications, and electric propulsion.

The programme works across sectors to:

  • Fund and support innovative future flight projects and companies.
  • Position the UK as a global leader in advanced aviation solutions.
  • Facilitate collaboration between industry, government and regulators, and stakeholders to address issues such as public trust, community integration, and social benefits.

Statistics

Co-investment by government and industry

£300m

Co-investment by government and industry

Tonnes CO2e reduction in annual emissions from Advanced Air Mobility services

222m

Tonnes CO2e reduction in annual emissions from Advanced Air Mobility services

Jobs associated with the drone economy by 2030

650k

Jobs associated with the drone economy by 2030

Increase in GDP by 2030 from Future Flight

1.8%

Increase in GDP by 2030 from Future Flight

Landscape Map

Innovate UK Business Connect has created the world’s first advanced air mobility network, which can be explored with the Future Flight Landscape Map. Explore the map to find collaborative partners, see the breadth of investment and expertise in the UK, and gain insight into how enabling sectors such as AI and Materials are vital to Future Flight’s success in the UK. The landscape map will continue to evolve and expand over time, and you can register today for your organisation to appear on it.

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Roadmap and Vision

Compiled by leading experts from industry, academia and government, the future flight vision and roadmap sets out how zero emission air travel within and between British cities could be commonplace by 2030. It includes insight into market opportunities and challenges, analysis of how consumers will benefit from future flight, projections of how the future aviation environment will operate, and example use cases.

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Related Events and Recordings

Tue
3
Aug
2021

Future Flight Challenge Ambition

11.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Fri
27
Aug
2021

Future Flight Fridays: Future Flight Roadmap

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Future Flight Newsletter

Stay informed with the latest news from projects funded through the UKRI Future Flight Challenge, and the wider future flight industry in the UK, as well as enabling sectors such as materials, communications, and AI.

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