Liverpool to become a testing ground for drone operations

The Liverpool City Region in the UK is dubbed to become the next testing ground for drone operations, creating jobs for skilled workers and boosting economic growth at the same time. The project has been given the name Phoenix I and will accelerate drone usage around the country.

The program is a partnership between the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and drone consulting company Drone Major Group.

On top of this, the LCRCA has managed to get a few key stakeholders onboard, including Peel Ports Group, LogisticsUK, SP Energy Networks, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University.

The idea is to have projects coming out of it that are commercially viable, scalable, and environmentally sustainable. It will also include projects that are ground-, underwater-, and space-based. Phoenix I is already underway and has 10 projects covering urban logistics, environment, security,…