NASA & 1st Flying Taxi Hub In US
NASA Is Partnering With Orlando, FL on eVTOLs
Preparations Underway to Welcome Urban Air Mobility Vehicles
NASA is partnering with the city of Orlando, Florida to welcome, develop facilities and infrastructure and establish a regulatory environment to accommodate flying taxis and flying cars. The city of Orlando's first vertiport for vertical takeoffs and landings of eventual fleets of flying taxis will be built by Lillium, the German based leading developer of electric vertical take-off and landing flying taxis (eVTOLS). The first vertiport in the US is planned for the Lake Nona area of Orlando. The vertiport is expected to cost $25 million with two landing pads and the capacity to charge 8 vehicles simultaneously. Many more vertiports in Florida are planned from Miami to Palm Beach and beyond. It's the beginning of a revolutionary new way to travel within cities and city to city.
Big Market Potential
Lillium's flying taxis are state of the art with 36 electric battery powered engines that emit zero emissions. Lillium expects to be flying passengers first in Florida from the Orlando vertiport to destinations around Florida by 2024-2025. To go operational, the flying taxis have to be strictly regulated by the FAA to safely fit into the current airspace and air traffic patterns. NASA says that it is already working with the FAA and appropriate local governments and state authorities to establish the regulatory environment and rules for air taxi flights for the Orlando, FL market. NASA is also working on strategies and the needed infrastructure. The market potential for flying taxis is big. It is initially valued at $2.5 billion as the eVTOLs become operational and is bound to soar beyond that as the zero emissions technology goes into wider distribution as an urban air mobility travel solution.