Drones to deliver Covid supplies receive funding

The government has announced the first wave of winners receiving government funding for ground-breaking aviation projects solving major global challenges.

Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed that the 20 winning ideas will receive a share of £7 million funding, with one successful project seeing investment provided to Dock-to-Dock, based in Cardiff, which is developing a pilot project to deliver goods between Bristol and Cardiff using a hydrogen-powered electric aircraft, and further funding for APIAN Limited, based in Essex, which is creating and building a drone to deliver medical supplies like coronavirus blood and swab tests between NHS hospitals and labs in response to the pandemic, protecting key NHS staff and the wider public from coronavirus transmission.

The funding today forms part of a wider £33.5 million investment with an additional 28 potential projects also in the pipeline for government backing.

Zahawi said: “As the UK leads the way in the aviation revolution, these bold proposals showcase the pioneering spirit of the UK’s aerospace and aviation industries in solving global issues, and those facing us here in the UK. Today we have announced over £7 million of funding for projects across the country which demonstrate how using the latest and most cutting-edge aviation technologies can step up our response to the coronavirus pandemic, help us build back better and cement our well-earned reputation for research and development excellence, while creating hundreds of new jobs.”

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