UK to Get the World’s Biggest Automated Drone Superhighway

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Jul 18, 2022

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Within the next two years, the UK will become home to the largest automated drone superhighway in the world.

A Transport Revolution

The UK is working on a 164-mile Project Skyway. It will connect airspace above towns and cities, including: 

  • Reading
  • Rugby 
  • Coventry
  • Cambridge
  • Milton Keynes

The current proposition could potentially extend to Southampton on the south and Ipswich on the east.

A consortium led by software provider Altitude Angel, together with BT, proposed the new network earlier this year. On July 17th, the government gave it the green light.

On Monday, business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will officially reveal the new £273 million ($324 million) funding package for the aerospace sector. Project Skyway will be one of the major topics he will discuss.

Dave Pankhurst, director of drones at BT, has already revealed that the team behind the project has been testing its idea around the UK.

"So for us, this is about taking a significant step towards that point. It's going to open up so many opportunities," he said.

The COO of Altitude Angel, Chris Foster, previously spoke of potential uses for the superhighway.

"Whether it be a business doing logistics, all the way to the police and medical deliveries of vaccines and blood samples, there's a real demand to have access to this airspace," he said.

For quite some time, mainly hobbyists and kids were using drones. They also proved vital in law enforcement and disaster management. In the past few years, their commercial use has become increasingly important. Last month, Amazon announced the launch of its drone delivery service in California.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

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Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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