UK Government Urged to accelerate the growth of the drone industry
A landmark White Paper , setting out a route for the Government to accelerate the growth of the drone industry and transform the UK’s capability to achieve world-leadership in drone technology, has today been presented to the Government following unanimous industry support during a three month period of consultation.
The White Paper, ‘The commercialisation of the UK air drone industry’ has been developed by the Drone Delivery Group, the leading UK drone industry initiative*, which brings together the first independent collaborative grouping of companies and organisations (over 300) involved in all aspects of the drone industry. It calls for the development of new testing grounds to deliver public safety, advance the industry, support the ambition of UK Plc to become a global leader in drone technology and to provide a solution to the sector’s biggest challenge in making commercial drone flights an exciting reality in UK skies.
The transformative impact of drone technology is set to be a game-changer for the global economy, with Barclay’s recently predicting that the global drone market is set to grow ten-fold in the next five years alone, reaching an estimated value of £30 billion, with a potential £77 billion in savings. The report highlights that the UK now has a window of opportunity to seize a leading role in reaping the potential of this cutting-edge technology.
The long-awaited White Paper, developed over 2 years, followed by a thorough public consultation process, addresses the vital need for a safe infrastructure where drones can operate safely in airspace potentially shared with other manned or unmanned aircraft. This includes testing sites for drones considered essential in enabling the commercial value of the industry to be realised. It states that ‘a national approach is urgently needed’ in order to ensure this ‘vital foundation for the drone industry’ is established quickly.
Source / More information : Drone Delivery Group
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