Lilium, the German aviation manufacturer, is designing a vertical airport, it can be located anywhere without taking up much space, and it will be called a “vertiport”.
This company is also known for being named one of the most innovative companies in Europe in 2020, thanks to the development of its ‘Lilium Jet‘, the five-seater flying car, which has 36 electric motors, which allow it to take off and land vertically, without requiring a runway.
Lilium has developed this modular standard airport design, with the intention of reducing costs and space, since a ‘vertiport’ could be built with a minimum investment of 1 or 2 million euros, depending on its characteristics. Additionally, because they are designed vertically, they could be built in existing transport terminals, on top of a parking lot, next to a shopping center, or even, next to a suburban residence.
According to the company, the vertiport is designed to be a smart and safe airport, with the capacity to cover 20 flights per day or 20 flights per hour, as required. All vertiports will have a take-off area, a terminal, waiting areas, cargo doors and parking.
“Our design is based on a limited set of modules that are standardized as much as possible, making it simpler and more affordable for those interested. The modules can also be prefabricated off-site, reducing costs and allowing quick construction.” The company said in a statement.
Like the heliports, the future vertports will have an area specifically dedicated to takeoff and landing, this will be a focal point for operations and will be surrounded by a security zone.