Inteliports, which debuted at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Future Lab, has been announced as part of The Future of Air Mobility Accelerator (FoAM) by Connected Places Catapult.

Inteliports will showcase its first droneport to be located in the Fawley Waterside housing development on the solent to conduct flight trials over the waterway to test automated hub to hub drone delivery in a safe and non-intrusive way.

Connected Places Catapult has revealed the cohort for the second Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, in partnership with the Future Flight Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

FoAM is a six-month accelerator programme powered by Connected Places Catapult in partnership with UKRI, Supernal, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace and Heathrow, as well as academic collaborators Cranfield University and Coventry University, alongside the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and British Standards Institution (BSI).

The Catapult has worked with this consortium to define four key challenges to guide the cohort selection: Future Airport & Vertiport Operations, Aviation Sustainability, Future Air & Space Traffic Management and Enabling End-to-End Mobility.

Over the next six months, the cohort will receive funding from the Future Flight Challenge and will demonstrate its achievements at the accelerator Demonstration Day on 27th April 2023.

In February 2021, Connected Places Catapult and the Future Flight Challenge launched the first Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, embarking on a journey to select and fund 11 SMEs to trial and test their solutions in areas of data driven aviation, smart airports and advanced air mobility.

The funded trials, together with the mentorship provided, supported the cohort in raising over £5.5 million in investment, securing over £6 million in grant funding, gaining new commercial clients and creating over 65 new jobs.

Simon Masters, Deputy Challenge Director of the Future Flight challenge at UKRI said: “Over the past two years we have been continually encouraging new players into the market and our accelerator programme with the Connected Places Catapult is a great way for SMEs to trial and test their innovations, with support from the programme’s partners.”

In January 2021, Urban-Air Port Air-One was selected as a winner of the UK Government’s Future Flight Challenge to develop aviation infrastructure and systems, receiving a £1.2 million grant and plans to launch Air-One ‘pop up’ urban airport and charging hub for eVTOL aircraft in Coventry.