Clean Growth

Mercury Drone Port

The Mercury Programme (Clean Growth) Logo

Mercury Drone Ports is Scotland’s first DronePort and drone delivery network; establishing Angus as an international centre for the development of drone technologies and logistics both onshore and offshore.

Located in Montrose, Angus, the first Mercury Drone Port will be situated within the new ZeroFour business park being developed by Crown Estate Scotland.

Operating both for on and offshore partners, a consortium of industry experts are working together to trial potential flight routes to encourage the uptake of sustainable, clean-growth, low-carbon drone operations.

Mercury Drone Ports will be established by a number of phases, initially creating a trials airspace area for route validation, preparing the way for the UK’s first regular Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations. Finally, establishing Angus as a Centre of Excellence for the development of drone technology for companies to conduct research and develop commercial drone operations.

Developing a sustainable, greener future

Mercury Drone Ports will support the adoption of safer, sustainable, green and more cost-effective alternatives to both commercial and public sector activities through drone operations.

By creating a world-leading drone trials facility, Mercury Drone Ports will create interest, investment and job opportunities for drone operators, technology developers and manufacturers, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), data management and software development companies. The potential for investment and boost to employment in the region is extensive and could bring high-quality roles across a variety of disciplines and sectors.

Mercury Drone Ports will play a vital role in the development of the wider regulatory environment surrounding the use of autonomous drones, ownership, use of low-level airspace and the management of stakeholder expectations in areas such as noise, privacy and public safety.

Initially, the primary focus will be on the development of drone-based technologies and their application within the environments and industries found on and offshore Angus. Operations are likely to include deliveries, long-range inspection/survey missions and autonomous asset surveillance for the following industries:

  • Ports and Maritime
  • Agriculture
  • Rural public services
  • Offshore wind
  • Offshore oil and gas

Visit the Mercury Drone Ports website for more information.

Our current partners

Drone Technologies Limited