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Urban-Air Port Takes Air Taxi Infrastructure to the Next Level

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Three years ago, Urban-Air Port made waves with a game-changing concept. AirOne was introduced as the world's first fully operational hub for both eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and autonomous delivery drones. Now, towards the end of 2023, it's taking another big step toward implementing this innovative infrastructure concept at airports around the world.
The UK-based company believes that in two decades, the market for its vertiports alone will exceed $40 billion. Major eVTOL makers in different parts of the world are already in the final stages of getting their air taxis certified and ready for commercial service. Still, this would be impossible without the right infrastructure already in place. That is why infrastructure developers like Urban-Air Port (UAP) play a huge role in the future AAM (Advanced Air Mobility).

UAP says that current airport operators are set to become its first major customers. Conventional airports will be the initial locations for launching air taxi operations in most areas. UAP recently teamed up with NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) to draw a map for this integration process. They'll work on the aspects involved in the supreme goal of having eVTOLs flying to and from airports safely and without disruptions.

Earlier this month, UAP unveiled the NextGen AirOne concept, an upgraded and even more impressive version of the original AirOne. Its most distinctive feature is the multi-stacked hangar structure with an eight-plus stand vertiport layout. The best part of this configuration is that it saves a lot of space by using almost 80% real estate.

This vertiport is also incredibly versatile. Even though it will initially be implemented at conventional airport sites, it's not limited to urban areas. It works just as fine with suburban and even rural areas. It's also agnostic when it comes to aircraft types and refueling systems. Lastly, it's designed to work together, not against the airport's main operations.

UAP has developed multiple vertiport versions based on its primary AirOne modular concept, and they are all based on the characteristics above. They act as hubs that integrate aircraft command and control functions, refueling or charging systems and dedicated facilities for both passenger and cargo operations.

One of the AirOne innovations compared to other infrastructure projects is the elevated takeoff and landing platform with the unique benefit of 360-degree situational awareness. This translates to enhanced safety and also contributes to minimizing the noise levels associated with air taxi operations.

This recent partnership with an airport expert like NACO will help UAP on its way to building 200 vertiports in the next five years. That's the plan, and it covers locations all across the globe. At the moment, UAP says it has secured customers in the US and South Korea, among others.
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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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