Towards increased Urban Air Mobility competence
AiRMOUR is a research and innovation project supporting urban air mobility via emergency medical services.
The AiRMOUR project focuses on the research and validation of novel concepts and solutions to make urban air mobility safe, secure, quiet and green, yet also more accessible, affordable and publicly accepted. As the airspace opens up for new transportation systems, new forms of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), such as passenger drones, are gaining more attention. Similar to the adaptation process of electric cars, there are challenges to overcome related to technology regulations, for example.
In order to tackle these challenges, a great deal more research is needed and cities need to integrate air mobility into their urban planning processes and acquire suitable tools for this. The AiRMOUR project drastically advances the understanding of necessary near-future actions – not only by urban communities, but also by operators, regulators, academia and businesses.
Real-life demonstrations and simulations
The AiRMOUR project aims to tackle one of the most critical real-life applications of urban air mobility, namely Emergency Medical Services. Within the AiRMOUR project, personal air vehicles for doctors and medical supplies are validated in real-life demonstrations in Stavanger (Norway), Helsinki (Finland), the region of Nord-Hessen (Germany) and in simulation in Luxemburg.
Main outputs of the AiRMOUR project:
- UAM Guidebook for cities, operators and other stakeholders
- UAM GIS tool for urban planners
- UAM Training programme and masterclasses
Multi-disciplinary consortium with proven capabilities
With the help of these tools, each European local cluster of aviation and urban actors will be able to set-up their own UAM realisation. Furthermore, European policymaking, U-space planning and investments will be reinforced as a consequence of AiRMOUR activity, findings and new knowledge.
The AiRMOUR consortium will directly involve the cities and, therefore, ensure that the tools provided are of optimal use and that the impacts can be replicated widely. The consortium has a total of 13 partners, including research institutes, aviation authorities, UAM operators and Emergency Medical Service organisations. Furthermore, the AiRMOUR project will have 10 replicator cities, and an External Advisory Board with strong international support from organisations, such as NASA, Dubai Future Foundation and EASA, in addition to other endorsing bodies.
The three-year AiRMOUR project began on 1 January 2021 and has received funding of approximately €6 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.