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This Waterfront Vertiport Concept is Set to Become a Game-Changer

Skyportz Developed a Revolutionary Concept for Waterfront Vertiports 7 photos
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The most highly-anticipated AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) event is finally here – the Airtaxi World Congress is unfolding in San Francisco throughout the week. As one of the most important events in the eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) industry, it was the perfect setting for Skyportz to introduce its latest futuristic infrastructure concept.
Forget conventional airports – urban mobility hubs of the future will welcome all-electric aircraft, green ferries, boats, electric scooters, and bikes. These are the multi-modal hubs envisioned by Skyportz, one of the most promising AAM infrastructure developers. The Australian brand wants to bring mobility solutions that are far more than simple vertiports.

These futuristic multi-modal hubs have one essential feature, and that is a waterfront location. Waterfront vertiports sound and look spectacular, but the crowd-pleasing aspect wasn't the major reason for this option. According to Skyportz, a waterfront placement brings multiple strategic benefits.

It's compatible with clear approach and departure paths for air taxis, which is a stringent safety requirement. It's also one of the placements that allows enough space for dedicated terminals. Last but not least, it offers the possibility of adding floating landing pads.

This vision is part of the Aussie company's latest concept, set to be officially presented to the public and to the industry in San Francisco during the Congress.

Another intriguing feature has to do with the vertiport structure itself. The roof will boast an aluminum monocoque ("structural skin"), similar to the one used in car and aircraft manufacturing. What Skyportz calls "a high-performance roof" will make the futuristic waterfront vertiport lightweight yet durable and resistant.

The most exciting part is that this entire concept is on track to becoming a reality. Skyportz has already set its sights on a future location in Melbourne, Australia. It's an existing helipad located on the Yarra River, which Skyportz will rebuild and reconfigure as a multi-modal mobility hub.

The infrastructure company has developed the waterfront vertiport concept together with Contreras Earl Architecture and Pascall+Watson Architects. If the Melbourne launch is successful, it could be replicated in other major urban centers around the world.

Skyportz has been working on AAM infrastructure solutions for five years. Early on, it focused on the idea of a so-called vertiport-in-a-box. The basic principle of modularity is still reflected in the most recent waterfront concept.

The goal is to make vertiports that can be independent, easy to implement and replicate, and compatible with other green modes of transportation. The vertiport-in-a-box can even be a great solution for private property owners who want to dabble in the world of eVTOLs. For approximately $100,000, anyone could set up their own vertiport with an integrated café. At the same time, we might see cities totally transforming their waterfront sites to embrace green mobility.
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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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