Marshall Futureworx signs MoU with and ISS Aerospace

Posted on 12 September, 2022 by Advance 

Marshall Futureworx, and ISS Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the three companies collaborate to create new autonomous robotic drone technologies for sectors such as offshore renewable energy, defence and security and nuclear decommissioning.

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Marshall Futureworx is the venture building arm of the Marshall Group and has expertise in delivering support services in challenging and highly regulated environments enabled by complex systems, building on Marshall’s 100+ year heritage in the aerospace sector.

Drone technology provider is a pioneer in state-of-the-art autonomous navigation and command & control software for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, providing aerial intelligence and enabling economies of scale for the use of drones in industrial applications.

ISS Aerospace is an industry-leading Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) provider specialising in cutting-edge design, manufacture and operations for a wide range of international customers in various sectors such as energy, defence, security, utilities and surveillance.

In combination, all three UK-based companies are confident they can bring world-leading drone services to emerging and challenging sectors.

Marshall Futureworx is leading the development of a permanently deployed BVLOS autonomous drone solution, which integrates the combined expertise, technologies, and capabilities of Marshall,, and ISS Aerospace. The system has a number of potential use cases across industries and environments with the potential to offer significant operational and safety benefits to customers.

Chris Walton, Founder and Managing Director of Futureworx, said: “Marshall has an excellent track record of getting complex systems into the air safely. We are excited to work with and ISS Aerospace, who are also leaders in their fields, to unlock the tremendous potential of enabling autonomy at long-range and delivering new and innovative services to defence, security, and industrial customers.”

Kieren Paterson, Co-Founder and Head of Futureworx, added: “We are tremendously excited by the potential of this team and the technology we are developing together. All three companies bring something unique and compelling to the table and together we have the potential to offer game changing solutions and capability for existing and new customers across a variety of different sectors.”

Commenting on the MoU announcement, John McKenna, CEO of, said: “Our software coupled with Marshall and ISS Aerospace’s hardware has the potential to open a range of new use-cases and markets across industry and defence & security. Our goal is to unlock the substantial financial, operational, environmental and safety benefits of BVLOS drone operations – and this formidable partnership will accelerate progress towards this goal. We can’t wait to get started.”

Ryan Kempley of ISS Aerospace, added: “We feel privileged to be part of such a ground-breaking programme and look forward to working with Marshall and Bringing together such a pool of knowledge and expertise will allow for some truly ground-breaking capabilities to be realised. Having deployed and operated our UAS in a number of challenging environments around the world, we believe the drone technologies being fielded by this collaboration will have wide ranging benefits to the industry as a whole.”