UAVAid, the UK’s leading developer of specialist long range multi-role UAV’s for emergency response and international development applications, has announced it has been awarded a major grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to support research and development of humanitarian UAV systems.
The research project that has received the grant, entitled Extended Term Research Demonstration Programme of a Multi-Role Humanitarian UAV System, is a collaboration of specialist partners.
The grant, over a two year period, will provide support for further developing the Hansard UAV platform for long endurance deployment in low infrastructure contexts.
Commenting on the technical development opportunities this grant brings, co-founder James Ronen said “This award is outstanding news and will allow us to extend the UAV capabilities even further, providing our customers with an even more capable platform”.
On discussing wider strategic issues, UAVAid co-founder, Daniel Ronen said “We are delighted to be awarded this grant and thank InnovateUK for their support and commitment. We know that UAV’s will be an increasingly common sight in humanitarian and development actions in the coming years. This project will help support us in our efforts to develop a viable and sustainable humanitarian UAV industry in the UK, providing high-value jobs, building economic prosperity and exports, and ensuring the technology is used responsibly to help those communities most in need.”
PROJECT CONSORTIUM PARTNERS
– UAVAid Ltd.
– Aqos Ltd.
– Strategy Axis Ltd.
– Exo-Cubic Solutions Ltd.
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