Drone Defence secures Future Flight Challenge fund grant

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We are delighted to announce that we have secured £378,000 in grant funding to develop drone detection technology as part of UK Government’s ‘Future Flight Challenge’.

Drones are set to transform industries of all types by optimising processes, thereby reducing costs considerably. However, methods capable of tracking and increasing drone visibility need to be developed before commercial drones gain mainstream acceptance around our towns and cities, safely, amongst people.

The project will be funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Our vision is that drones are destined to change the way mankind views, interacts with, and will eventually move around our planet.

We recognise that for drones to unlock their full capabilities, solutions need to be found to safely integrate autonomous drones into the sky in a future in which they will regularly share airspace with manned aircraft.

The ability to track everything that uses airspace and interpreting that data quickly and effectively is the key to unlocking the future of drone technology.

“This grant is going to help to drive our business forward and enable us to achieve our ambition of safely integrating small autonomous vehicles into general airspace.”

Richard Gill – Founder & CEO of Drone Defence

We aim to prove the technical feasibility of detecting characteristic signatures from both legal and rogue drones through innovative sensors, alongside in-depth data processing methods. Our approach will enable autonomous drone tracking and a quick-response system capable of opening the ‘motorways in the sky’ through increased critical airspace visibility and awareness.

The project will be funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It will allow us, in partnership with the University of Nottingham, to make further advancements in this field, and to develop our existing products further.

“As the UK leads the way in the aviation revolution, these bold proposals showcase the pioneering spirit of the UK’s aerospace and aviation industries in solving global issues, and those facing us here in the UK.”

Nadhim Zahawi – UK Business and Industry Minister

UK Research and Innovation is a new government body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. They aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. They work with many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

It follows more recent good news for the business, with £500,000 in in overseas seed funding announced recently.

The grant will allow Drone Defence to continue to develop cutting-edge technology

Richard Gill, founder and CEO of Drone Defence said:

“This grant is going to help to drive our business forward and enable us to achieve our ambition of safely integrating small autonomous vehicles into general airspace.”

“Enabling drones to go beyond visual line of sight by enabling managed airspace is crucial to the advancement of an industry set to become extremely valuable to the UK economy.”

“This funding will help to develop sensing arrays, affording intelligent integrated airspace awareness to unlock the future of drones.”

UK Business and Industry Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said:

“As the UK leads the way in the aviation revolution, these bold proposals showcase the pioneering spirit of the UK’s aerospace and aviation industries in solving global issues, and those facing us here in the UK.”

“Today we have announced over £7 million of funding for projects across the country which demonstrate how using the latest and most cutting-edge aviation technologies can step up our response to the coronavirus pandemic, help us build back better and cement our well-earned reputation for research and development excellence, while creating hundreds of new jobs.”

“Combining the expertise of researchers at the George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research, the University of Nottingham, with that of Drone Defence, this award marks the start of an exciting partnership developing technologies to fully exploit the benefits presented by safely operating drone aircraft within protected airspaces.”

Steve Greedy – University Of Nottingham

Drone Defence was formed in 2017 to address security concerns over the illegal use of drone technology. Early success was gained with deployments internationally, including their SkyFence drone blocking product in Guernsey prison.  

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