Vital Elements And The Potential Of UAM
According to United Nations Prospects research, 68% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. High urbanisation and population explosion is causing serious urban problems. By then, the existing transportation modes will no longer be able to bear such a heavy burden. Accordingly, many new concepts will emerge and iterate to bring better solutions. Urban air mobility is regarded as an innovative solution that can subvert traditional transportation to solve the problem of traffic congestion and expand a new dimension of life.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM), defined as “safe and efficient air traffic operations in a metropolitan area for manned and unmanned aircraft systems” by NASA, is a promising industry with endless possibilities to assist people in moving by air. In fact, the idea of VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) had sprouted for thousands of years and technology seems to continuously push forward the concept of urban air mobility. Nowadays, the industry is thriving at the right timing with novel opportunities being explored.
Nevertheless, in order to create a mature UAM ecosystem, 3 vital elements are required.
The first element is the vehicle. An essential feature an urban aircraft should have is the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) ability. Only with this ability can a UAM vehicle be operated in a limited city space. The vehicle is also required to be compact and agile enough to deal with complicated conditions in urban airspace. Moreover, the usage of clean energy and reduction of noise should be applied as such vehicles are operated in an environment close to people. Last but not least, the safety of the vehicles needs to be guaranteed, no matter for the passengers on board, or people nearby.
The following element is the air traffic management system. Abilities of massive data calculation and accurate positioning are required in the system to deal with the air traffic environment. The interface of such a system should also be intuitive to help with the understanding of real-time conditions of the passengers.
The last element is the supporting infrastructure. Infrastructures such as takeoff/landing pads and charging devices should be able to be applied and expanded on current dwelling spaces. It is also a great opportunity to rethink a three-dimensional living scenario with multiple urban layers to be designed.
New industries always have higher requirements for innovation and execution, especially in the aerospace territory. In Bellwether’s history, multiple generations of prototypes have been produced to prove the concepts and validate new technologies. With its advanced R&D capabilities, Bellwether is aiming to deliver the most compact, safe, and eco-friendly UAM solutions to create a brand new three-dimensional lifestyle and to lead the world toward a more comprehensive urban mobility.
While looking back at all significant revolutions in history, there are critical challenges but there are also great impacts on people’s lives for good. An industry that is possible to make humans a civilisation that lives and travels on a three-dimensional basis is now never a far future.
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