Future Flight Challenge - Green RDD investments for air transport

Last updated: 7 July 2021

The UK Research and Innovation Department is investing up to GBP 125 million to develop greener ways to fly, in line with the goals of the Jet-Zero Council, such as all-electric aircraft, deliveries by drone, and advancing electric and autonomous flight technologies. An additional GBP 175 million will stem from the industry.


By bringing together technologies in electrification, aviation systems and autonomy it seeks to create new modes of air travel and capability. The project will:

- increase mobility, improve connectivity, and reduce air traffic congestion

- advance electric and autonomous flight technologies to reach the net zero target

- increasing UK manufacturing and service opportunities to drive in investment


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