Offshore drone specialist Flylogix is set to trial a freight delivery service after signing a new deal with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.
The trial will see it make deliveries from Land’s End to the Isles of Scilly over the course of a two-year partnership.
The first test flight, using Flylogix’s remotely-piloted fixed-wing aircraft, is expected before the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval.
The partners aim to create a larger, bespoke UAV for the purpose after initial trials.
Ian Howard, chair of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, commented: “This is an exciting partnership that opens up the next chapter in our 100 years of serving the islands’ community.
“For us this is about using innovation to provide additional services to the community.
“We want to explore whether a UAV freight service is technically and commercially feasible using a new generation of environmentally friendly unmanned aircraft.
“This service could be for urgent freight like medication, but also for anyone looking for a rapid delivery service of higher value items.”
Hampshire-based Flylogix operates a fleet of unmanned aircraft providing long-range full service ‘over horizon’ operations, to the offshore energy industry.
The Flylogix team have backgrounds ranging from Formula 1 and global communications to offshore engineering and search and rescue.
Charles Tavner, executive chairman at Flylogix, said: “We’re very excited about this joint venture with the Steamship Group and its potential to bring enhanced freight services to the island community.
“We’re bringing together artificial intelligence and satellite communication to develop a new generation of unmanned aircraft and this partnership aims to be at the forefront of that work.”