Thursday, April 18, 2024

Egis, Urban-Air Port to develop compact and modular vertiport solutions

UK-based Urban-Air Port is a startup developer of ground infrastructure for the new air taxis and urban air mobility (UAM) market, which includes delivery drones. In April 2022. the company unveiled Air-One – a world-first demonstration of a fully operational hub for eVTOLs and autonomous cargo drones.

The Air One integrates much more than dedicated areas for aircraft take-off and landing. The facility includes a control and command hub and special equipment for air taxi charging and drone cargo loading. Its vertiport platform’s modular, ultra-compact design allows it to be easily adapted for round-based locations, maritime environments, and rooftops.

While Supernal remains the startup’s main partner, Urban-Air Port is working with various industry players to advance its technology. The most recent one is Egis, an infrastructure specialist that also operates 20 airports around the globe.

Both companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop Urban-Air Port’s compact and modular vertiport solutions with a strong focus on the patented, technology-driven Vertical Airfield that will become the game changer in scaling-up eVTOL operations.

Egis aims to create and operate intelligent infrastructure capable of responding to climate emergencies. Together, Egis and Urban-Air Port will pioneer vertiport solutions for the Advanced Air Mobility Sector by enabling a zero-emission-mobility ecosystem that will cut congestion and air pollution from cargo and passenger transport utilizing best-in-class design, technology, and manufacturing.

Their shared mission is to pave the way for renewable energy-driven transportation networks. These mobility networks will complement existing infrastructure and encourage other green means of transportation.

In addition, Urban Air Port plans to install more than 200 zero-emission sites worldwide over the next five years in response to global demand. These ultra-compact, rapidly deployable operations hubs for manned and unmanned vehicles will provide aircraft command and control, charging or refueling, and cargo and passenger loading.