by Tiana May
27 Jan 2023
Siemens and Skyway have announced a collaboration to develop the electrical and digital infrastructure required for vertiport operations.
This work intends to support future hubs for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, such as air taxis and drones.
“It is exciting for Siemens to contribute to the evolution of the Urban Air Mobility Industry. The development and efficient operations of vertiports will require innovative solutions to meet the expected demands of fast aircraft turnaround times and a network of varying landing facilities.”
As part of this partnership, both companies will research the energy demands of vertiports, with the aim of establishing a sustainable electrical supply, standard charging processes, and a ‘system of systems’ to support aircraft operations.
Skyway will contribute its knowledge of airspace mission planning and management, air traffic navigation and unmanned aircraft operations. Meanwhile, Siemens will provide its infrastructure expertise in electrification, vehicle charging and facility operations.
Together, the two companies will design and engineer a universal eVTOL charging process that can ensure reliable and efficient operations.
In addition, Siemens and Skyway will collaborate on a plan to standardise overall vertiport design and reduce energy consumption.
“Sustainable energy solutions will be the foundation and the necessity for adoption of Urban Air Mobility with the electrification of eVTOL aircraft. Combining our companies’ resources and industry foresight can influence vertiport construction efforts and general UAM solutions on an industry-wide scale while setting a new precedent for modern transportation.”
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