When it comes to versatility, Skyportz is unmatched. The Australian company has developed an entire line of vertiports, ranging from the standard large-scale versions for public operators to the most compact alternatives for private usage, introduced as “vertiports in a box.” In between there’s the futuristic-looking waterfront vertiport for multi-modal transportation.
Skyportz Vertistop is the latest concept in the range. According to Skyportz, it was meant to fill a gap in the market when it comes to vertiports that can be set up on small surfaces. This type of vertiport is meant for private ownership and public usage.
The Vertistop is compact, sustainable, and affordable. It was designed by Contreras Earl Architecture with help from Arup, and it boasts an impressive roof based on the same aluminum monocoque structure that’s used for cars and aircraft. This makes it sturdy and durable, yet still lightweight and, most importantly, sustainable.
The Vertistop is compact enough to be set up in small areas such as carparks or rooftops – it only requires 30 x 30 meters. The small footprint makes it even more sustainable because it can even be used to retrofit existing buildings. In other words, it doesn’t necessarily require a separate piece of land.
That’s also huge in terms of costs. Since air taxi landing pads are mainly designed for urban areas, finding a dedicated property can become highly expensive. Instead, sustainable concepts like the Vertistop can easily be implemented using buildings or carparks that are already in place.
At the same time, the Vertistop was designed to comply with circular economy principles and to adapt to specific climate and local community characteristics. Tomorrow’s air mobility infrastructure can be integrated smoothly within the existing transport system and at affordable costs.
Earlier this year, Skyportz also announced that it’s planning to build a waterfront vertiport in Melbourne, Australia. An existing helipad on the Yarra River was determined to be perfectly suited for rebuilding and becoming a futuristic multi-modal transport hub.
For now, the Vertistop is still just an intriguing concept. Skyportz and its partners are looking for manufacturing collaborators around the world to bring this concept to life. With air taxis close to the finish line in terms of certification, it’s just a matter of time before vertiports will become a regular part of urban landscapes.