Snowdonia Aerospace scoops UK Innovation Award for research into 4G/5G networks in the sky

The UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor’s Innovation Award for Social Impact has been awarded to Snowdonia Aerospace for its Connected Places Catapult Drone Technology Research & Innovation Grant (D-TRIG) project, “Dragon’s Roar”. Announced at the Department of Transport Innovation Expo, the award recognises unmanned aerial systems research underway this test site.

“Dragon’s Roar” is a collaboration between Snowdonia Aerospace, Swiftflight Avionics and WaveMobile to integrate an innovative airborne radio technology onto a light drone to create a 4G/5G network-in-the-sky for operation in areas of poor mobile signal connectivity – so called “not spots” – that can be used by emergency services to locate missing persons and coordinate with ground personnel to effect a rescue.

Snowdonia Aerospace has been supported in the development work by O2 Telefonica, Welsh Government, Snowdonia Mountain Rescue, North Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The research enterprise aims to start flight testing over Snowdonia as part of the UK Research & Innovation Future Flight Challenge Phase 3 in early 2022.

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