Korean Air successfully tests 5G backed UAM system

by | May 2, 2024 | Connectivity, Innovation

Korean Air has successfully completed the “world’s first” comprehensive urban air mobility (UAM) operations demonstration.

Partnering with Hyundai Motor Company, Korea Telecom (KT), Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, the South Korean flag carrier conducted five week demonstrations at Goheung Aviation Test Center in South Jeolla Province.

The urban air mobility (UAM) system relied on a 5G aviation communication network linking the electric vertical take-off and landing (e-VTOL) aircraft with the UAM operating systems. For the demonstrations, the airline conducted 10 different scenarios ranging from “normal to abnormal” during which they tested the functionality and performance of the operating systems.

Working to ensure safe UAM operations in high-density urban environments, the data collected from these tests will be analysed and the systems enhanced.

In a statement, the airline said:

“Korean Air will continue to engage in various UAM initiatives, and work to validate and enhance government-established UAM concepts and procedures to develop the UAM ecosystem in Korea.”

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