Skyports, a global vertiport company, has been selected to participate in two upcoming initiatives aimed at delivering eVTOL technology in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture. 

 Skyports has been accepted as one of five organisations to contribute eVTOL expertise to the Osaka Smart City. Following a joint submission with Tokyo based trading company and Skyports partner Kanematsu Corporation, the project will see Skyports play a pivotal role in the development of infrastructure and drone delivery services.  

Skyports has also been chosen as one of ten contributing organisations for Osaka Prefecture’s “Green Table”, a collaborative roundtable platform launched to accelerate the commercialisation of advanced air mobility (AAM). In addition to working with industry partners on the planning of the network, Skyports aims to have an operational passenger eVTOL vertiport in place by the Osaka-Kansai World Expo in 2025.

Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Skyports, said: 

“Our knowledge of locating, designing, building and operating infrastructure for air taxis and drone deliveries is second to none. As part of these projects, we are helping Osaka fulfil its vision of become an urban air mobility centre in Japan, providing not only a vital facility to support the burgeoning air taxi market, but demonstrating the benefits that drone delivery services will provide to the region. The fact that we have been selected to contribute to multiple programmes aimed at developing Japan’s AAM ecosystem is testament to the work that Skyports does. We look forward to working with new and existing partners to enable AAM to thrive.” 

Ryo Segway, Industrial Strategy Group, Industry Innovation Promotion Division, Growth Industry Promotion Office, Department of Commerce, Industry and Labor, Osaka Prefectural Government, said:

We understand that it is one of the most important subjects to build a user-friendly vertiport which can be easily utilized by eVTOL manufacturers, fleet operators, passengers, and other parties considering the introduction of eVTOL into society. In this context, we are very happy to welcome Skyports to join Osaka Round Table because they have a broad knowledge and are actively working in this area globally. We are very much looking forward to having concrete and practical discussions with them.”

The Osaka Smart City project was created to enhance tourism, sustainability and the economic performance of the Osaka Prefecture. Through the implementation of cutting-edge technology and facilities, and in partnership with national and international technology and infrastructure leaders, the objective of the project is to develop Osaka as a world-leading technology hub.

Also included in eVTOL related proposals for the Osaka Smart City are Skydrive, JAL, Nippon Koei, Mitsubishi Electric and Hirata Gakuen. Further information on participation in the smart city is expected later this year. 

The Green Table is a forum in which to examine the operational, technical and infrastructural requirements of realising an eVTOL network. It is the second of three phases of roundtable discussions for the Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility, a programme launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The programme brings together stakeholders from across the automobile, aircraft and advanced technology industries, and is scheduled to begin commercial transportation of goods by 2023.

Amongst the other industry leaders involved are Nippon Koei Co., Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (ORIST), Kakamigahara Aero Equipment and Japan Meteorological Corporation. 

Source: Press Release


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