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Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2

Fund Name

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2

Project Length

12-24 months

Project Value

Between £500,000 and £4 million



The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.

The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft:

  • Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
  • Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
  • Sub-regional zero-carbon aircraft

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Fund Details

For Strand 2 of the competition, your project must focus on the enabling and cross-cutting technologies essential to support the safe and effective operation of these new vehicle types.

Your project must focus on one or more of the following, to demonstrate the operation of vehicles in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case with:

  • a real-world use case application which drives integration of the different aviation system elements for each of the three Future Flight vehicle classes
  • AAM: Inter-town transport or Intracity Transport
  • drone or AAM cargo delivery
  • drone or AAM medical delivery
  • hub and spoke drone delivery service
  • AAM Infrastructure or Vertiport
  • automated ground handling and charging systems
  • operation of sub-regional electric aircraft
  • air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems
  • digital and communications systems


Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £4 million
  • start on 1 April 2022
  • end by 31 March 2024
  • last between 12 and 24 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • be or involve at least one UK registered SME
    collaborate with other UK registered organisations
  • Academic institutions cannot lead

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