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UK Connected Places Catapult launches new AAM research initiative for SMEs

The UK government’s Connected Places Catapult research agency has announced the launch of its new Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, in partnership with the Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

“In partnership with UKRI’s Future Flight Challenge, the accelerator will be selecting 12 SMEs to join a 6-month programme, where they will receive support from a consortium of industry, academic and regulatory partners on the trial and testing of disruptive innovations.

“The programme is looking for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of TRL6+, though is open to receiving applications from earlier stage businesses that are aligned with the key challenges set out below:

Data Driven Aviation – how we can better capture and utilise data to increase operational and commercial efficiency within the aviation industry. Whether this is with the collection of on-aircraft, airside operations or customer data, we would like to see how data gathered can enhance decision-making.

Smart Airports – how we can integrate the next generation of autonomous solutions into airport management and security operations, alongside exploring disruptive technologies that will support the aviation industry in reaching Net Zero targets.

Advanced Air Mobility – how we can accelerate the development of Advanced Air Mobility by exploring the systems, infrastructure technologies and modelling and simulation tools required for commercialisation.

Applications are open from today (2nd September) and will close on Sunday 26th September at 11.59pm.

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The new Accelerator ready to take flight

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