GKN Aerospace research centre to demonstrate airspace integration concepts in Future Flight Challenge

GKN Aerospace will play a leading role in the UK Future Flight Challenge from its new GBP32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol, according to a company press release.

Working with three partners: University of Bath; 3UG Autonomous Systems; and Callen-Lenz, GKN is leading of the Safe Flight programme. This addresses integration of unmanned and autonomous systems evolving at pace, and examines how to integrate autonomous systems in shared airspace in a safe manner. The proposal addresses technological challenges, in terms of the integration of a range of cutting-edge technologies in real-world use case demonstrations, and importantly it also looks at the underpinning business need of a clear route to certifiable aircraft systems and approved operations.

The Future Flight Challenge is a four year, GBP125m ISCF programme from UK Research and Innovation to develop more sustainable aviation solutions. The current phase is focused on the development of integrated aviation systems that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.

GKN Aerospace is also participating in two other Future Flight Challenge programmes. Skybus explores a novel transport network, based on large electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing (eVTOL) vehicles, and NAPKIN plans to model and pilot a UK-wide domestic sustainable aviation network promoting zero carbon emissions.

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