Headline, April 29 2022/ WORKS : ''' '' DRONES AND DREAMS '' '''


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COVENTRY : A POP-UP URBAN PORT FOR delivery drones - and one day, potentially flying taxis - launched Monday in Britain, lifting a box of prosecco for a brief celebratory test flight hailed as groundbreaking.

Air-One, a so-called ''vertIport'' for drones and future electric vehicles taking off and landing vertically, was proclaimed as the first of its kind by proponents and heralding a new era of low-emission futuristic air transport.

Based in Coventry, a former car manufacturing powerhouse in central England, the site will be used for a month-long showcase of the burgeoning industry.

The inaugural flight symbolically lifted the six-bottle box of sparkling wine, weighing around 12 kilograms, from the launch pad.

The commercial drone used - Malloy Aeronautics' T150, on loan from its day job doing logistics for the British military - is the largest ever to fly in such an urban environment, according to Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive chairman of Urban-Air Port, the British firm behind the ventiport venture.

''You're standing in the world's first fully operational vertiport,'' he told hundreds of assembled guests, including the start-up's 25 staffers and backers from the UK government.

''This is an industry that is fledgling, of course, but it's now starting to take some real speed,'' Sandhu added. ''We're all used to change  ..... but it's the rate of change that we always underestimate, and things are changing really fast.''

Urban-Air Port develops ground infrastructure for autonomous delivery drones and the air taxis planned for later this decade, and has spent the last year preparing for its Coventry showcase.

The temporary Air-One site near the city's railway station aims to show how an integrated hub for the devices can function in a crowded urban environment, while also illustrating how it can serve as a mini airport for eventual vertical lift-off travel.

It is planning similar demonstrations in the other UK and global venues in the coming months, and is aiming for more than 200 such sites worldwide.

THEY ARE designed to be easily assembled and taken down, and used on-site hydrogen fuel cells for what the company calls ''zero-emission generation''.

The company says it has orders worth Pound 65 million and projects are planned in the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and southeast Asia.

Supernal, a US subsidiary of South Korean car-making giant Hyundai which is developing an autonomous flying electric vehicle concept that will carry passengers, is one of its partners.

Supernal is aiming to get its all-electric, eight-rotor concept vehicle, which is on display at Air-One, certified by 2024 before beginning mass production.

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