Member Spotlight: Flare Bright

Flare Bright is a rapidly growing aerospace company pushing the boundaries of embedded Al technology to develop autonomous drones. Flare Bright is developing a number of drones with different characteristics, but all based on a core autonomous, miniature, inertial navigation system built on cutting edge machine learning enabled digital twin technology, which facilitates image-capture, wind measurement and sensing for a wide range of civil and defence customers. It has successfully won project-funding from the MOO’s Defence and Security Accelerator and is part of 2 UKRI Future Flight projects.


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Projects and Collaboration Opportunities

Following a successful initial DASA contract to prove the concept of true autonomy in drones, Flare Bright have been awarded a larger follow-up contract to provide the same autonomy in powered drones to give increased persistence and endurance. This project will deliver a fixed wing drone that can fly without GPS or any remote-control, when other drones are unflyable due to jamming and denial. Flare Bright’s latest £425,391 contract lasts for 13 months and recently commenced, and follows on from the completion of an initial £226,500 contract that successfully concluded in April 2021. It was announced at OSEI, to coincide with Flare Bright being selected to showcase its success at DASA’s stand.



On top of winning two DASA contracts, Flare Bright are also part of two lnnovateUK Future Flight grants for projects totalling £418,589. These are to help create the UK’s first low-carbon aviation test environment in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland with trialling precision autonomous drone deliveries (Sustainable Aviation Test Environment, or SATE), and to deliver safe and more effective UAVs by accurately measuring and modelling winds in urban and other challenging environments (SafeZone).

Flare Bright are also exploring collaboration in Phase 3 of the Future Flight Challenge, where UK businesses can apply for a share of up to 65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. You can watch their 2 minute pitch video here.



If you would like to discuss the opportunity to collaborate with Flare Bright in Phase 3, please email Chris Daniels, Chief Commercial Officer at

Job Opportunity

Flare Bright is currently recruiting for a Business Development position. To view the full job spec please refer to the careers page on Flare Bright’s website. If you are interested in applying please email with a CV (2 pages maximum) and cover letter.




Flare Bright recently won the Entrepreneur Awards launched by Octopus Group’s Springboard initiative, which celebrates their rapid growth over the last year. They were also shortlisted for the CogX Awards for Best innovation in Autonomous Vehicles, as well as the ADS Security Innovation Award.


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Flare Bright has recently been selected for the prestigious United States Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) in Fort Benning next year. Flare Bright will offer its SnapShot autonomous image-capture nanodrone and will be put through its paces by the US Army infantry, supported by small teams of Infantry from other allied nations.

If you’d like to find out more about Flare Bright please visit or email