MIDRONE – Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to enable Intelligent DRONE delivery

Funding Body

Enterprise Ireland DTIF


ÉireComposites Teo

Project Partners

ÉireComposites and Manna, and the National University of Ireland Galway

Principal Investigators

Dr William Finnegan

Project Manager

Dr William Finnegan

Research Area

Climate Change & Adaptation 


The MIDRONE project will address consumer demand for fast, reliable, last-mile delivery. At full-scale deployment, the MIDRONE technology targets a delivery-cost reduction of 80% and a cost-per-delivery of €1, coupled with a 3-minute delivery time within a 2kms radius.
The project will also achieve significant positive impacts in terms of industry/Irish competitiveness, scalable company growth in revenue & jobs, and a wide array of performance & environmental benefits, including avoiding the emission of 7,400,000kgs of CO
2. MIDRONE will be implemented by 2 SMEs, ÉireComposites and Manna, and the National University of Ireland Galway.


The overarching aim of the MIDRONE project is to support the disruption of the last-mile delivery business enabling faster and cheaper delivery times for consumers whilst lowering emissions, congestion and road traffic accidents.

Work Packages

WP1: Project Management

WP2: Development of novel automated manufacturing processes and a design for a lightweight drone airframe

WP3: Demonstrator airframe trials

WP4: Manufacture of the full-scale lightweight airframe

WP5: Operational trials & regulatory compliance

WP6: Commercialisation (dissemination and exploitation) and communication activities