German eVTOL specialists Volocopter, one of the leading urban air mobility (UAM) companies globally, has produced a comprehensiveÃ¢â‚¬Â¯VoloPort handbook detailing the physical infrastructure required to support electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraftÃ¢â‚¬Â¯operations.
The Ã¢â‚¬ËœlandmarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ publication will be used by Volocopter partners to build UAM infrastructure, with specific instructions on design, construction, material use, infrastructure adaptability, and facility operations. Ã‚Â
The establishment of a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœsustainable UAM ecosystemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ will require a ground-based infrastructure that Volocopter says will be just as critical to UAM operations as development of the aircraft. VoloPortÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s solution to this challenge is a standardised, ready-made, and compact urban vertiport concept.
The company believes that this basic model can be adapted with little time and cost for various business sizes, target customer groups, and aircraftÃ¢â‚¬Â¯operations, requiring minimal infrastructure footprint, especially in densely populated urban settings. Its modular design, featuring aÃ¢â‚¬Â¯combination of prefabricated materials, allows construction to start as small as 25m x 25m (about twice the area of a tennisÃ¢â‚¬Â¯court). Additional landing pads andÃ¢â‚¬Â¯workspace can be implemented as required.Ã¢â‚¬Â¯Ã‚Â
TheÃ¢â‚¬Â¯publication may influence the UAM market well beyond VolocopterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s customers, as it is one of the first comprehensive summaries of the expertise developed by the company over years of collaborations with numerous authorities, air operators,Ã¢â‚¬Â¯and institutions.Ã‚Â