Skyports to build Europe’s first trial eVTOL vertiport near Paris

Skyports vertiport eVTOL Paris

It’s been said before but bears repeating: Skyports is certainly on a roll. In addition to the recent spate of deals it has struck around the globe, the London-based builder of infrastructure for electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) craft has now been chosen to build Europe’s first test vertiport outside Paris.

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Volocopter, Kakao Mobility study South Korea UAM potentials

In another sign of accelerating activity to prepare South Korea for approaching urban air mobility (UAM) services, local company Kakao Mobility is teaming up with German air taxi and cargo drone specialist Volocopter to conduct feasibility studies on next-generation transport technologies in the nation.

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Vertical Aerospace, Heathrow explore airport eVTOL flights [Update]

The UK’s leading electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft producer, Vertical Aerospace, has struck a deal with London’s Heathrow Airport to examine integration and use of its craft at Europe’s biggest passenger air platform.

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South Korea speeds preparations for air taxi and other UAM services

South Korea is shifting preparations for passenger drone transport into higher gear with plans to launch air taxi service by 2026, and autonomous urban air mobility (UAM) operations within the following decade.

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NASA to measure noise footprint of Joby’s all-electric air taxis

Joby Aviation and NASA are kicking off a two-week test campaign to study the acoustic signature of Joby’s all-electric passenger aircraft. These tests come as part of a nationwide campaign launched by NASA to promote public confidence in emerging aviation markets including passenger air taxis.

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Joby joins drone-sector, SPAC-led push on Wall Street

Several lifetimes of change have occurred in life and business since the explosion of dotcom stock flotations (and, for many, subsequent busts) of the late 1990s. Among those differences is how futuristic advanced air mobility (AAM) drone sector companies that inspire so much market excitement today are raising finances faster and easier on Wall Street than their Silicon Valley elders – and in ways tech vets may regard with a mix of envy and wariness.

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