Thursday, July 18, 2024

Futuristic, modular eVTOL vertiport will open in Texas next year

Volatus Infrastructure has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Greenport International Airport and Technology Center to build an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vertiport. The groundbreaking technology hub will be located 17 miles (27 km) from Central Austin, covering more than 5,426-acre.

Phase I will consist of state-of-the-art, privately owned Greenport International Airport, purpose-built on 2,605 acres to accommodate larger business jets. It will anchor the 2,809-acre Greenport International Technology Center, designed to uniquely appeal to businesses flooding into the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Specifically designed for larger business jets, this futuristic airport will have a 10,000-foot runway with a planned 2.9 million square feet of hangar space, 9 million square feet of data center space and research and development, and small-office building space.

The vertiport will include Volatus’ modularly designed terminal building and landing pad with their vehicle-agnostic charging station. That one will also start with a single landing pad and charging station but will gradually expand to eight landing pads, each with a dedicated charging station.

Volatus’ small and scalable vertiports can be built in under four weeks from scratch. The vertiports offer eVTOL aircraft a space to recharge, take off, and land while providing an indoor facility where passengers can rest and prepare to board their flights. They are also easily scalable, meaning that additional landing pads and passenger facilities can be added as demand for eVTOL flights increases.

Founded just two years ago, this infrastructure startup stands out among other industry players due to its unique app and maintenance programs. The free-of-charge app allows eVTOL vehicle owners and operators to manage their operations, schedule flights, and plan maintenance services.

The teams hope to break ground yet this year, which would allow for the vertiport to be open in early 2024.