Volocopter’s first ‘Volo-Port’ coming to Singapore
By eVTOL | May 31, 2019
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and when electric air taxis take over our cities, they’ll need vertiports —
places to land, recharge, and embark and disembark passengers. Now, Volocopter
and Skyports plan to show what those vertiports might look like by actually
companies announced on May 23 that they’re cooperating to build the first
mobile “Volo-Port” for air taxis in Singapore, based on a design by Brandlab,
Graft Architects, and Arup. Construction will be completed later this year to
coincide with public flight trials of Volocopter’s eponymous multicopter.
has been working with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to
establish the scope of the flight trials, which are intended to validate the
ability of these eVTOL aircraft to operate in Singapore’s urban environment.
According to Volocopter, its vehicles can carry two people over a distance
slightly less than 30 kilometers (18 miles) — not practical for many of the
missions envisioned by proponents of aeromobility, but very feasible for inner-city
“Receiving the commercial license for air taxi aircraft is a question of time not possibility. We are thus focusing on shaping the necessary ecosystem around UAM [urban air mobility] including air traffic management, city regulation, and the take-off and landing infrastructure,” said Alex Zosel, Volocopter co-founder, in a press release accompanying the Volo-Port announcement.
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to Duncan Walker, managing director of Skyports, each individual Volo-Port is
designed so that it can stand alone or connect to other ports in numerous
formations, enabling rapid deployment and scalability. They will merge with
their surroundings, allowing passengers and passers-by to see through the whole
Stannieder, co-founder and CEO of Brandlab, said the design is intended to link
ground to air infrastructure in the smoothest way possible. “Mobility patterns
in cities worldwide are changing rapidly — seamless transitions from one mode
to another are crucial for transport efficiencies and changing passenger
demands,” she stated.
According to Volocopter and Skyports, the Volo-Port prototype will enable real-life testing of the full customer journey to perfect the passenger experience, as well as allowing practical testing of ground operations and services, including battery swaps and charging, maintenance, safety, and security. It will also provide the opportunity for authorities and industry regulators to interact with the infrastructure and provide feedback before they are asked to approve the final design.
“Once regulation comes through on the aviation and city level — and this will be sooner than most think — we will be ready to take off,” said Zosel.