2022-09-23|来源:Netease News

South Korean air taxi successfully test flight: speed up to 80km/h, carrying 100kg cargo

According to CCTV News, Jeju Island, South Korea, recently flew a manned aircraft for the first time.

It is understood that this aircraft is powered by electricity, with a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour, can transport up to 100 kilograms of cargo, and can take off and land on water. At present, it can only accommodate one adult. Jeju Island plans to commercialize "air taxi" in 2025.

The project is the responsibility of a team composed of SK Telecom, Korean Airlines and Hanwha Systems, which will build an urban air traffic (UAM) system in Jeju Island.

Experts said that in view of the infrastructure on the island, including Jeju Airport and the navigation facilities owned by Korean Airlines, the rapid commercialization of UAM will become possible.

According to the plan, SK Telecom will develop and operate mobile platforms and develop communication systems for UAM. Korean Airlines will be responsible for the construction of UAM vertical takeoff and landing area, and provide UAM traffic management services using navigation security infrastructure. Hanhua System Company will develop UAM aircraft for maintenance, repair and operation, and develop UAM navigation and control solutions.

Not only South Korea, the United States, Europe and other places have started to develop future air transport tools such as air taxi, which is expected to achieve the goal of commercialization between 2023 and 2025.