Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) plans to open a ‘Test and Development Area’ in partnership with Drone Major Group, a drone consultancy company, with the involvement several regional partners. Phoenix I aims to deliver commercially viable, scalable and environmentally sustainable drone services across all environments and sectors including surface, underwater, air and space, says a joint press release.
A roadmap has been created which identifies key themes and outlines a pathway to develop operational drone capabilities in the fields of urban logistics, the environment, security, maritime logistics, port & maritime, and the wider community. The project currently comprises 10 initiatives addressing these sectors across the UK, based around a common operational model and data analysis.
Project participants include Peel Ports Group, LogisticsUK, SP Energy Networks, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
The programme aims to stimulate Liverpool City Region’s inward investment opportunities, while enhancing the region’s global recognition as a hub for technological innovation. The UK government granted Liverpool City Freeport status in March 2021.