But why do this? It’s really simple, actually. Our current cities don’t meet all requirements to bring aerial taxis into our lives, even though the tech to offer this service does exist. Plus, helicopters are just so next level when it comes to costs. With this in mind, we were recently presented with the designs for a number of modular vertiports.
However, with new tech comes new regulations, and these vertiports are no exception. Safety and intrusiveness upon the environment are major issues when looking to build a pop-up airport. Safety guidelines for vertiports are very strict as the landing and take-off happen vertically and in a very tight space. This limits the diversity of air-taxis able to land on any specific vertiport. As the story goes, if it doesn’t fit, it won’t sit. Luckily, these vertiports are built around the Lilium air-taxi models already in production.
Here, even more questions arise. Do we currently have the roof-top space available to put in place such structures? Are our buildings strong enough? Just to raise a couple.
Let’s say we don’t have the necessary roof-top space. Not a problem. Lilium developed these modules to be built almost anywhere, meaning we could put one up on flat ground. But then, where do we get the available space from? City outskirts offer possible room for vertiports, but the main plan is to build these vertiports in cities. This offers you a higher concentration of customers and the possibility to offer as many flights as possible. Even round the clock, as most cities never sleep.
12 different modules for these vertiports designs exist. All include a terminal, parking stand, and landing and take-off pads. Also included in the designs are charging facilities for the planes. Prices range from 1.14 million U.S. or 1 million Euro for the smaller module, and up to 17 million U.S. or 15 million Euro for the largest and most capable module.
Let’s say you’re a willing and courageous entrepreneur, look up the plans for these vertiports, grab one of two, and get the ball rolling. The tech is already waiting for a safe place to land.