UK Future Flight Challenge Recipients
The UK government’s Future Flight Challenge announced in January that it had selected the company Urban Air Port, partnered with Hyundai Motor Group and the Coventry City Council, to develop the Air-One skyport hub to evaluate eVTOL aircraft operations. A $1.6M (£1.2M) grant will fund the design and construction of a prototype Air-One in Coventry by the end of the year. The company says that it is 60% smaller than a traditional heliport; due to its innovative modular construction, it can be installed in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, a consortium of Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace and civil engineering group Atkins received $3.5M (£2.5M) from the Future Flight Challenge to assess the feasibility of air taxi services across southwest England. The Future Flight Challenge is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) agency, with $175M (£125M) from government and $250M (£175M) from industry.