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air mobilityVertiport Testbed for UAM Testing Launches in Paris

by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M. Crosby

Photographs courtesy Volocopter

Groupe ADP, Skyports and Volocopter have collectively commissioned Europe’s premier totally built-in vertiport terminal for the city air mobility (UAM) trade on the Groupe ADP, RATP Group and Select Paris Area-run Re.Invent Air Mobility testbed at Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield.

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The newly launched testbed permits a variety of varied stakeholders to check applied sciences and procedures in numerous configurations inside a real-life surroundings. The power to check on a reside airfield makes the testbed a useful developmental asset to the whole UAM trade.

Designed collectively by Skyports and Groupe ADP, the plane agnostic testbed offers the whole UAM ecosystem with the chance to check and develop their applied sciences, whereas additionally selling collaboration between important ecosystem companions akin to expertise pioneers, regulators and native companions just like the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), suppliers and airways. The location will permit for the testing of car integration, floor motion procedures, and charging procedures; flight scheduling, situational consciousness, and knowledge alternate; in addition to passenger journey by way of the terminal, together with safety and check-in processes, biometric applied sciences (supplied by SITA), passenger dwell time, and plane boarding.

The testbed’s launch occasion supplied the prospect to take part in an indication of the whole passenger journey, from arrival on the vertiport terminal to plane boarding. A sequence of demonstrations by Skyports and Volocopter included a mannequin of Volocopter’s VoloCity, a crewed take a look at flight of the 2X mannequin – the one plane at present licensed by DGAC for eVTOL take a look at flights in France, in addition to demonstrations of flight monitoring capabilities and digital working programs like Skyports’ vertiport working programs and the VoloIQ.

The Re.Invent Air Mobility testbed at Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield is at present Europe’s most substantial technology-enabled UAM take a look at website. The innovation consortium is fashioned by Groupe ADP, Select Paris Area, and RATP Group, and includes 30 ecosystem companions. Centered on a variety of matters to facilitate the event of the trade, akin to car growth, vertiport infrastructure, airspace integration and public acceptance, the consortium has pushed France to the forefront of UAM growth.

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“In Pontoise-Cormeilles, we’re taking a brand new decisive step within the growth of electrical air mobility,” stated Augustin de Romanet, Groupe ADP Chairman and CEO. “The passenger terminal marks the ultimate stage within the growth of the Pontoise testbed, and the completion of a Volocopter flight totally built-in into the airfield’s airspace is the epitome of a yr of very bold take a look at campaigns. We at the moment are looking forward to 2024: the event of all use circumstances, together with well being and logistics.”

“The Pontoise-Cormeilles terminal is a bodily demonstration of the truth that innovation received’t happen in isolation; it requires collaboration from a mess of space consultants, together with operators, car producers, and expertise builders, every of which have an necessary function to play in reaching the last word goal of economic AAM providers,” stated Skyports CEO Duncan Walker. “With the completion of the terminal, we’ll now start complete testing of procedures and applied sciences in a sensible aviation surroundings, creating an area for Skyports and consortium companions to speed up the trade.”

“Introducing a brand new type of mobility like UAM can solely be completed efficiently with a intently knit, but open ecosystem,” stated Volocopter CEO Dirk Hoke. “The testbed at Pontoise-Cormeilles is a stellar instance of ecosystem companions collaborating to speed up the conclusion of UAM. We are able to take a look at processes, combine new and previous programs, and simulate totally different operational situations to create belief and constructive consciousness of all stakeholders. Collectively, we’ll reach offering a further emission-free transport possibility for the general public. Each take a look at is one step nearer to commercialization in time for 2024.”

“This yr of testing and validation has enabled us to make progress in evaluating the acceptability of those new machines and the city insertion of vertiports. We’re working collectively on the subsequent steps to check the brand new superior air mobility by 2024,” stated Marie-Claude Dupuis, Technique, Sustainable Growth and Actual Property Director RATP Group.

“The event of low-altitude aviation for city air mobility is an journey filled with guarantees – for employment, for the surroundings and for the lives of Paris Area residents,” stated Valérie Pécresse, President of the Paris Area. “Because the main aeronautical area in France and Europe, Paris Area has all of the assets to be a pioneer on this subject and that’s the reason we determined final yr to assist this thrilling initiative financially. Simply as the primary aircraft ticket of the primary airline firm was bought in 1914 in Florida, I would like the primary passenger flight in a vertical takeoff and touchdown plane to happen in our area, Paris Area. The Olympics are an unbelievable alternative to showcase and launch this undertaking and promote the location’s experimental amenities. We’ll proceed to assist this undertaking whereas remaining vigilant to make sure that the inhabitants of Paris Area profit from it, in compliance with our decarbonization targets, as detailed within the regional financial technique Affect 2028.”

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he obtained a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.

 



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