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High-Density Automated Vertiport Concept of OperationsThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) vision for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) includes Urban Air Mobility (UAM) – a concept involving vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, decentralized (or federated) traffic management, and new infrastructure to support urban, suburban, and rural flight operations. High-density performance-based routes or corridors enable prompt transportation of people and goods from node to node, where each node represents a vertiport, defined as an identifiable ground or elevated area used for the takeoff and landing of VTOL aircraft. In the presence of uncertainty surrounding aircraft turnaround time on the ground, vertiports are the critical end points in scheduling, sequencing, and spacing (SSS) of aircraft in dense metropolitan environments. This Concept of Operations (ConOps) includes vertiports of varying sizes, configurations, service offerings, and locations. UAM air vehicles include conventional rotorcraft, unmanned VTOL aircraft, and novel piloted VTOL aircraft. This ConOps focuses on operations at a high-density vertiport, supported by a Vertiport Automation System (VAS) with high-throughput operation capabilities under conditions defined as NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Maturity Level Four (UML-4).
Document ID
20210016168
Document Type
Contractor or Grantee Report
Authors
Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)
Date Acquired
May 24, 2021
Publication Date
May 27, 2021
Publication Information
Subject Category
Air Transportation and Safety
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NND15SA83B
PROJECT: 395872
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Use by or on behalf of the US Gov. Permitted.
Technical Review
NASA Technical Management
Keywords
Urban Air Mobility
UAM
Vertiport
Concept of Operations
CONOPS

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