Urban Air Mobility

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) refers to urban transportation systems that move people by air. These transportation systems are developing in response to traffic congestion. Air mobility is progressing along both manned and unmanned directions.

Companies are injecting millions of dollars into developing VTOLs, or Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicles, that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we commute in cities.

In the concept phase, urban air mobility aircraft are deployed to take off and land vertically in a relatively small area to avoid the need of a runway. The majority of designs are electric and use multiple rotors to minimize noise while providing high system redundancy. Many of them have completed their first flight.

The most common configurations of urban air mobility aircraft are multicopters (such as the Volocopter) or so-called tiltwing convertiplane aircraft. The first type uses only rotors with vertical axis, while the second additionally have propulsion and lift systems for horizontal flight (e.g. pressure propeller and wing).

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