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DronePort Rotterdam envisions a future where the integration of autonomous and uncrewed assets into the European airspace is not just a possibility, but a reality that drives economic growth, ensures safety and security, and promotes sustainability. 

DronePort Rotterdam, a pioneering initiative by INSPIR8ION and the Port of Rotterdam, is dedicated to harmoniously integrating Air Traffic Management (ATM), Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), and urban planning and development, creating a cohesive approach to aerial navigation towards key locations such as cities, ports and airports.

Our integration extends beyond the realms of the specified domains, encompassing advancements in autonomous uncrewed vehicles operating on land, in the air, and at sea. This innovative integration is unprecedented in the Netherlands and is a first of its kind in Europe. At DronePort, we hold the conviction that the amalgamation of all emerging forms of autonomous mobility is pivotal and should be interconnected to align with the broader European strategy for sustainable mobility. Our objective is to achieve vertical integration coupled with horizontal application, paving the way for a seamlessly connected future.

Two Key Pillars of DronePort Rotterdam

Vertical move

Vertical Integration

Vertical integration across water, land, lower-level airspace, airspace, and space presents a complex challenge that requires the harmonization of multiple domains, each with its own set of regulations, technologies, and stakeholders. 

Horizontal move

Horizontal Integration

Achieving comprehensive horizontal integration holds the promise of establishing a smooth and effective Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem, linking cities, airports, ports, and outlying regions. By dismantling the barriers segregating these zones, we can unveil novel opportunities for inventive mobility solutions.

Why do we need this?

This comprehensive approach to creating an ecosystem is unprecedented not only in the Netherlands but also across Europe. Historically, these domains have been managed in isolation, with scant regard for their interconnectedness. The absence of a cohesive regulatory framework, along with technological constraints and the lack of a unified communication and data-sharing platform, has impeded the exploration of such integration. Why is focusing on this dual-layered integration so crucial?

Total vertical integration has the potential to forge a seamless and efficient mobility ecosystem that encompasses water, land, lower-level airspace, higher airspace, and outer space. By dismantling the barriers between these domains, we can unveil new opportunities for innovative transportation solutions, including autonomous drones, uncrewed assets, and satellite technologies. This integration would allow for real-time data sharing and coordination across domains, enhancing situational awareness, optimising traffic flow, and bolstering safety. Moreover, vertical integration would aid in the development of novel business models and services, spurring economic growth and innovation.

Horizontal integration would facilitate real-time data sharing and coordination across different areas, enhancing situational awareness, optimising traffic flow, and improving safety. It would also encourage the development of innovative business models and services, stimulating economic growth and innovation. Within the context of DronePort Rotterdam, total horizontal integration would establish the hub as a trailblazer in the future of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), drawing investments, forming partnerships, and attracting cutting-edge technologies. Ultimately, such integration would lead to a more sustainable, efficient, and interconnected world, where the boundaries between different domains are seamlessly bridged.

Autonomous Innovation, Uncrewed TRANSFORMATION

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