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Turin, first "Digital Twin": urban air mobility of the future

ENAV D-Flight, Turin Airport and Politecnico for Skygate Project

Skygate, the goal is to create an aeronautical hub for the urban air mobility of the future.

This is the first Digital Twin dedicated to Urban Area Mobility (Uam). The project, thanks to the partnership with ENAV, Turin Airport and the Politecnico di Torino, aims to open the first vertiport for vertical take-off and landing aircrafts.

It is the first time in air transport that a new system can be tested entirely using simulation tools that allow a complete assessment of the impact on the territory, starting from urban and not just technical implications.

Enav, with the D-Flight for the drones part, will provide - within the SkyGate Digital Twin - the guidelines to ensure coordination between traditional air traffic and low-altitude traffic, typical of Urban Air Mobility, testing a first integrated Atm (Air Traffic Management) model that guarantees the safety of all flight operations even with high traffic volumes. The prototype of a traditional airport hub integrated with Urban Air Mobility traffic will be tested with Turin Airport. The mechanics of flight will be simulated with the Aeronautical and Space Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Torino.

It is estimated that, by 2035, flying worldwide there will be over 35.000 electric vertical take-off and landing aircrafts for passenger transport, and hundreds of thousands of drones in an urban mobility market that is estimated to reach 70 billion euros.

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