Supernal, Urban-Air Debut Air Mobility Vertiport

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April 25, 2022

Supernal and Urban-Air Port have announced the debut of Air-One – a proprietary deployable operations hub for manned and unmanned vehicles that can handle future electric air travel. The vertiport is open for public visitation in Coventry, U.K., and will be redeployed in additional cities worldwide later this year to continue to highlight future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) passenger journeys and operations.

The 17,000-square-foot radial Air-one was constructed in 11 weeks, and is divided into fully outfitted “zones” that include a passenger lounge, cafe, retail pop-up, cargo logistics hub, eclectic and hydrogen air vehicle hangar, security screening, and a command and control center. The zones are anchored by a patented 56-foot circular final approach and takeoff (FATO) platform that raises 19 feet in the sky – using a compact synchronized link-lift system – to enable future electric vehicle takeoffs and landings.

“The Air-One activation is an important step for the Advanced Air Mobility industry and demonstrates how eVTOLs can easily integrate with existing transportation networks to address local needs,” said Mike Whitaker, chief commercial officer of Supernal. “The reality is no single mode of transportation – current or future – can solve cities’ traffic and congestion challenges. Supernal is working with partners like Urban-Air Port to design infrastructure that brings multiple modes of transportation together under one ‘roof’ and enable AAM to reach its full potential.”

The companies also showed off Supernal’s initial concept of an eVTOL vehicle, the S-A1 (below), which is on display in the vehicle hanger. The site also includes live drone demonstrations from the FATO, and several new electric vehicles connected to EV chargers on the vertiport’s exterior, which are powered by off-grid hydrogen fuel cells. The vertiport is located 0.2 miles from main Coventry rail and bus stations, and the companies said they are demonstrating how the compact, prefabricated Air-One can enable seamless multi-model travel, including AAM.

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The partnership between Supernal and Urban-Air Port began in 2020, with the goal of supporting future AAM operations related to building infrastructure networks, designing physical prototypes and shaping operational procedures.

“The opening of Air-One is a momentous occasion – the starting gun for a new age of transport, an age of zero-emission, low-congestion travel between and within cities that will make people healthier, happier and more connected than ever before,” said Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive chairman of Urban-Air Port. “The Coventry demonstration – delivered in partnership with Supernal – will showcase the future of how people will travel, seamlessly integrating with other modes of transport to create a greener, more connected future. I am extremely proud to have like-minded, industry leaders like Supernal as partners on our journey to building this industry from the ground up – paving the way for us all.”

Supernal said it also recently signed a partnership with the city of Miami, Fla., to help city leaders explore whether AAM can enhance existing transit options, as well as a public-private partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Urban Movement Labs to advance urban air mobility planning in that city. The company is also developing a family of electric air vehicles, and plans to launch commercial service with its first eVTOL in 2028. As part of Hyundai Motor Group, Supernal said it plans to leverage the group’s manufacturing expertise to scale electric air vehicle production to ensure AAM reaches the right price point and is accessible to the masses in the coming decades.

For more details on Supernal, visit its website here. Additional information about Urban-Air Port can be found here.

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