Research project

Open Skies Cornwall

Project overview

A £2.4 million project to work with Royal Mail and NHS Kernow to use drones to provide residents on the Isles of Scilly and other remote Cornish regions with regular, reliable deliveries of mail and medical supplies. The University of Southampton are working as an academic partner to provide specialist inputs relating to airspace management and medical logistics.


Lead researcher

Professor Tom Cherrett

Head of Department

Research interests

  • Understanding and improving the distribution of goods and the management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres; 
  • How optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operating efficiency; 
  • Approaches to more effectively collect and manage the movement of waste in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies. He has worked on a number of research projects in these specific areas: (Department for Transport grant PPAD 9/142/034, ‘Optimising vehicles undertaking waste collections' GR/S79626/01, SUE project 55 ‘Transport and Logistics'; EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics'.
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Other researchers

Dr Andy Oakey BEng, PhD

Research Fellow
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Professor James Scanlan

Professor of Design
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs