Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is delighted to announce its participation in the Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE) project, which has secured an additional £1.7 million in funding. UK’s Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge competition, awarded to innovative projects demonstrating integrated aviation systems and novel air vehicles. HAV is one of three new partners joining the SATE project in Phase 2, which began in July 2022 and aims to build on the success of Phase 1. The SATE project, led by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), has created the UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre embedded at a commercial airport.
HAV's Airlander aircraft is a revolutionary type of aircraft that makes use of a combination of helium, aerodynamic lift and vectored thrust. As part of the SATE consortium, HAV will demonstrate a wider range of sustainable aviation technologies that can provide better transport solutions for the Highlands and Islands region. The Airlander 10 would significantly cut emissions for travel in this region, where air travel is a lifeline, not a luxury. HAV is currently designing an all-electric variant of the Airlander, which will be a zero-carbon emissions aircraft scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.