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Vertidrome Design: State of the Art and Current Research

Schweiger, Karolin (2021) Vertidrome Design: State of the Art and Current Research. HorizonUAM Symposium 2021, 2021-09-22 - 2021-09-23, virtual.

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As one might expect Urban Air Mobility to be a brand-new topic, the approach of lifting (a portion of) urban traffic into the air is not really new. Helicopter operations and the hype about tiltrotor aircrafts at the end of the 20th century already built a path towards urban aerial ridesharing operations. Even if some developments remained theoretical at that time, a wide spectrum of research was conducted to elaborate the feasibility of this new transportation mode. Today, with technology far more advanced, we are closer to aerial urban transportation than ever before. But before UAM vehicles can take-off, we need to define places where this operation can be conducted as safe and efficient as possible in order to offer an affordable and competitive transportation mode. We started the Vertidrome Design research by conducting an extensive literature review to cover the global current state of the art. We focused on the review of current development processes regarding vertidromes; their designs, the regulatory framework which may come into question, procedures for approach and departure intends, and on the overall question of what does “on-demand” really mean. In addition, we identified unique characteristics of a vertidrome operation which will be faced by multiple stakeholders participating in the operation. Based on these insights, we defined a specific vertiport layout (LIEDT – linear independent expandable drive through) and defined a corresponding Concept of Operations (ConOps) which led us to the question how do we decide if a specific vertidrome design and ConOps satisfies all operational needs and reflects an optimum solution? To answer this question, we developed a level of service concept (VALoS) considering a vertidrome’s airside operation, its ConOps and the requirements of multiple stakeholders. Based on a specific demand distribution the vertidrome design can be evaluated by the VALoS framework, on behalf of all considered stakeholders. Since UAM vehicles are already progressing successfully, now, we need to develop insights, proposals and solutions addressing realistic vertidrome operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/144355/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Vertidrome Design: State of the Art and Current Research
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schweiger, KarolinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8498-9535UNSPECIFIED
Date:22 September 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Urban Air Mobility, UAM, Vertidrome, Vertiport, Vertical Take-off and Landing, eVTOL, Airside Performance, Concept of Operations, Level of Service
Event Title:HorizonUAM Symposium 2021
Event Location:virtual
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:22 September 2021
Event End Date:23 September 2021
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment, L - Integrated Flight Guidance
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Schweiger, Karolin
Deposited On:11 Oct 2021 11:04
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:43

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