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Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Vertiport Automation Trade StudyThe NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Vertiport Automation Trade Study seeks to understand the barriers to scaling AAM takeoff and landing facilities, described in this study as vertiplaces. This trade study provides an overview of AAM, vertiplaces, and insight into the gaps in capability, regulatory certainty, and knowledge needed to sufficiently manage the volume of expected traffic anticipated for vertiplaces. The study also outlines potential mitigations to those gaps based on research conducted by the project team and interviews with 23 individuals in government and industry. In this report, the elements that make up a vertiport are discussed. The study then defines a vertiplace and introduces a concept for vertiplace categorization based on capability. Capability gaps and mitigations to increasing scale and automation of vertiplaces are then discussed based around four cross-cutting themes the research of our project team found in the interviews and research: Technology, Physical Infrastructure, Policy, and Community Acceptance. The study then concludes by discussing topics requiring further research that were identified by interviewees.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor or Grantee Report
Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)
(Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) 250 Harrison Street, Suite 201 Syracuse, New York 13202)
Date Acquired
February 4, 2021
Publication Date
November 1, 2020
Publication Information
Publication: For release to industry stakeholders and posting to project website
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: 395872
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
NASA Technical Management
Advanced Air Mobility
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