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Urban Air Mobility: Systematic Review of Scientific Publications and Regulations for Vertiport Design and Operations

Schweiger, Karolin and Preis, Lukas (2022) Urban Air Mobility: Systematic Review of Scientific Publications and Regulations for Vertiport Design and Operations. Drones, 6 (7). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/drones6070179. ISSN 2504-446X.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2504-446X/6/7/179


Novel electric aircraft designs coupled with intense efforts from academia, government and industry led to a paradigm shift in urban transportation by introducing UAM. While UAM promises to introduce a new mode of transport, it depends on ground infrastructure to operate safely and efficiently in a highly constrained urban environment. Due to its novelty, the research of UAM ground infrastructure is widely scattered. Therefore, this paper selects, categorizes and summarizes existing literature in a systematic fashion and strives to support the harmonization process of contributions made by industry, research and regulatory authorities. Through a document term matrix approach, we identified 49 Scopus-listed scientific publications (2016–2021) addressing the topic of UAM ground infrastructure with respect to airspace operation followed by design, location and network, throughput and capacity, ground operations, cost, safety, regulation, weather and lastly noise and security. Last listed topics from cost onwards appear to be substantially under-represented, but will be influencing current developments and challenges. This manuscript further presents regulatory considerations (Europe, U.S., international) and introduces additional noteworthy scientific publications and industry contributions. Initial uncertainties in naming UAM ground infrastructure seem to be overcome; vertiport is now being predominantly used when speaking about vertical take-off and landing UAM operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190251/
Document Type:Article
Title:Urban Air Mobility: Systematic Review of Scientific Publications and Regulations for Vertiport Design and Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schweiger, KarolinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8498-9535UNSPECIFIED
Date:22 July 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Drones
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Special Issue Urban Air Mobility
Keywords:urban air mobility, UAM, eVTOL, vertiport, literature review
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
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Schweiger, Karolin
Deposited On:18 Nov 2022 10:51
Last Modified:18 Nov 2022 10:51

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