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Gannett Fleming, Pickard Chilton with Arup, Corgan, Humphreys & Partners Architects, The Beck Group and BOKA Powell's design is a response to the Uber Elevate Skyport Challenge, which asked architectural and consulting engineers to design the take-off and arrival terminals for UberAIR - an on-demand, app-based air taxi services.
Though conceptually, Uber selected the six drafts because of their "high level of realistic and technically feasible" at the presentation of the Skyports for her fl eet of electrical ver tical take-off and landers ( eVTOL), which she intends to begin in 2020. "Whilst AIR may seem like a distant fantasy, it's nearer than you think, and the city' s infrastructures must now develop to keep pace," said John Badalamenti, Uber's director of Advance Programs and Aerospace Engineering Development, in a statement.
"We are pleased to have worked with some of the world' s foremost companies to envision how large size Skyports would work and how we can best make rooms that are tranquil, green and provide nature's fields of activities for the transport of the future," Badalamenti continues. Part of the contract includes harbours for favourite urban areas such as auditoriums and arenas where masses of people are likely to congregate and a taxi will stop.
The suggestion of the US engineer's office Gannett Fleming reacted with an increased deck with a row of round airfields which were adorned with the trademark's emblem and together could record 52 DVTOLS per hours. To speed up the servicing, after landings the taxi's are rotated 180 degree by a robotic to make them operational.
Designed under the name The Paw, it would also provide power for sustainable car recharging. The Sky Tower solutions, designed by Connecticut architectural practice Pickard Chilton and Arup Consulting Engineers, envision constructing the Sky Port by piling up a 180 takeoffs and lands per hour modularity. "Although our draft for the skyport is conceptually designed, it is not sci-fi," said Pickard Chilton Principal Jon Pickard in a comment.
"Our conceptual framework, built on a practical and research-oriented paradigm, provides a scalable, expandable and lasting answer that will support your visions for the futures of inner-city transport. "Connect by US architects and designers Corgan consists of irregular capsules that can be combined to create a runway and launchpad, or piled on top of each other.
"Whilst the primary mission of Uber Skyport is to create a model for developing open eVTOLs, we have expanded it to investigate how Skyports can re-connect the fellowship, how they can become an important convenience to the neighborhood, and how they can overcome some of the trenches we see in our cities," said John Trupiano, director of Corgan's Aviation Studio, in a comment.
Uber Hover from the architectural office Humphreys & Partners is another suggestion for him. The Beck Group, an architectural and building contractor, also took its cue from the bee, the six-sided Hive helipad. Whereas the US architectural office BOCKPowell in its Skyport Prototype referred to the "dynamics of flying" to scale the landings across the traversed oblique outline.
UberAIR was unveiled last year and is part of the Elevate Carpool Apple program to replace automobiles with powered aircraft that can take off and land vertical to fly faster and more polluting. It will work similarly to the company's latest application, which allows the user to order a taxi on call, with payment subtracted from the saved credit cards datautomatically.
Uber, which intends to work with Sandstone Properties, a property management firm, to build the runway infrastructures, expects testing for the 2020 services to begin in Los Angeles and then Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco. And as these blueprints progress, the Carpool application has unveiled a number of vehicle design ideas that will make up the "world's first city carpooling network".
Recently, the firm upgraded the NASA helicopter-like version it presented last year to NASA with a look like a huge drone that will be published in 2023. Electrical self-propelled drone aircraft are expected to become a common means of transportation in the near term.