Korea: Three innovative vertiport designs revealed by GS Engineering & Construction at country’s drone show

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GS Engineering & Construction (E&C) has revealed its innovative vertiport designs categorised by construction type.

In an announcement made during the Drone Show Korea 2024, held earlier this month, the unveiling comes with the aim of delivering a vertiport total service and solution covering all aspects; from site acquisition to design, construction, ownership, and operation.

Considering the diverse approaches to urban development, GS E&C has designed three distinct types of urban air mobility vertiports: Retrofit, New-Build, and Modular.

Each design is tailored to meet specific spatial constraints and functional requirements, showcasing GS E&C’s commitment to delivering innovative solutions that seamlessly integrate into diverse urban environments.

  • Retrofit Type

Integrating the vertiport into existing urban infrastructure, facilities, or sites, while maintaining their original functions.

  • New-Build Type

Incorporating a vertiport into the upper levels of newly constructed buildings within various urban development projects.

  • Modular Type

Facilitating rapid assembly of vertiport on-site in urban environment using standard-sized base unit modules, pre-fabricated in a factory.

This strategic move represents GS E&C’s commitment to advancing the vertiport industry and helping to position itself as a key player in shaping the future of urban air mobility (UAM).

Commenting on the unveiling in a press release, the company said: “Vertiports, along with aircraft and traffic management, are essential areas for creating the UAM ecosystem. Therefore, we aim to secure expertise and competitiveness in the UAM market as a vertiport total solution and service provider to lead future UAM infrastructure business. With UAM, we embark on a new journey to drive more sustainable urban development.” 

GS E&C is now participating in the ‘K‑UAM Grand Challenge, a large-scale demonstration program led by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MOLIT). It is working alongside LG U+, Kakao Mobility, and Vertical Aerospace, as part of a consortium called ‘UAM Future Team’. 

As part of the GC1 phase, the demonstration flights of the UAM Future Team are planned for Q4 2024.

To read more stories by eVTOL Insights about UAM in Korea, please click here.

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