UK government approves 165-mile drone superhighway project
The UK government announced Monday that it had given its awaited approval for the creation of a drone “superhighway” spanning the Midlands to the country’s southeast – a 165-mile UAV corridor touted as the longest of its kind.
The Skyway proposal to create a drone superhighway was initially tabled last March by a consortium headed by UK uncrewed traffic management specialist, Altitude Angel. It is joined by telecom company BT, which will provide connectivity through its mobile network, and several other startups whose activities can support the future UAV transport zone. According to reports, the plan will receive $14.2 million in government funding, from a total of $125 earmarked for integrating new aerial technology into the national airspace.
The objective of the drone superhighway effort is to create a dedicated corridor whose automated technology can take over the heavy-lifting of piloting UAVs – and in doing so, remove the risks of…