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One of These 6 Concepts Could be the Next Uber Air Taxi Skyport

By R&WI Staff | May 10, 2018

Six architecture and engineering firms have showcased their first designs for uberAIR Skyports at the Uber Elevate Summit. These designs mark the first step in creating infrastructure for high-volume operations of uberAIR networks in and around cities.

“The Paw” – Gannett Fleming

Uber Skyport Gannett Fleming

Uber Skyport Gannett Fleming

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The design of Gannett Fleming includes paw-like landing platforms. The design would support 52 eVTOLS per hour and per module in a scalable framework. It could facilitate more than 600 arrivals and departures and 4,000 people per hour in 2028.

"Sky Tower" — Pickard Chilton and Arup

Uber Skyport Pickard Chilton and Arup

Uber Skyport Pickard Chilton and Arup

A single module would allow for 180 landings and takeoffs per hour, accommodating 1,800 peak passengers every hour per module. Modules could be combined both vertically and horizontally to allow the Skyport to adapt to the city landscape.

"Connect" — Corgan

Uber Skyport Corgan

Uber Skyport Corgan

Corgan’s Connect is a concept designed to repair the way roads and highways have partitioned modern cities. The Skyport design could accommodate 1,000 landings per hour. The concept would coordinate with established highway networks to repurpose existing and familiar infrastructure and create new travel arteries that can accommodate the higher throughput required of mass adoption.

“Uber Hover” – Humphreys & Partners

Uber Skyport humphreys and partners

Uber Skyport Humphreys & Partners

The Humphreys & Partners Skyport concept is modeled after a beehive and could accommodate 900 passengers per level and per hour. It would use sustainable materials to create an ecosystem that powers itself and gives back to the surrounding area.

“The Hive” – The Beck Group

Uber Skyport The Beck Group

Uber Skyport The Beck Group

The Beck Group’s Skyport is designed in a hexagonal form that can be found in hives created by honeybees. The shape is scalable and flexible to accommodate 150 takeoffs and landings per hour and could be scaled to up to 1,000 trips per hour.

“Skyport Prototype” – Boka Powell

Uber Skyport Boka Powell

Uber Skyport Boka Powell

The Boka Powell Skyport could accommodate 1,000 takeoffs and landings. It could support an average takeoff of less than three minutes. The structure is flexible and allows for a reversal of the operation to accommodate wind change.

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