A multi-level vertical center for crewless aerial vehicles shaped like giant towers to accommodate takeoff and landing of drones in dense urban settings. A multi-level, vertically designed fulfillment center to make air logistics more fluid. It takes the shape of a giant beehive, and it is intended to accommodate the takeoff and landing of crewless aerial vehicles in dense urban settings. Also, uncrewed electric vehicles could visit the hub to charge their batteries. Current studies for drone hubs were originally designed for delivery services. The drone hubs would work as a distribution center, enabling trucks to supply the hub through the ground entry, where workers or automated lifts would distribute the goods across the beehive for further drone delivery. As most of the current storage centers and warehouses are located on the outskirts of cities, the skyscraper beehive would solve this issue by scattering the drone hubs throughout the city. This solution would reduce the overall distance to customers and potentially reshape the way people receive packages, besides reducing the amount of carbon emissions emitted by fossil fuel vehicles. Besides being a drone port, these stations could potentially become a place of interaction between logistics and the city. By implementing cafes or building the drone hub close to a park, the mechanical and the human could meet, just like in train stations, for instance. Instead of building new structures to enable drone hubs, existing urban architecture could be adapted, thus reutilizing empty buildings in metropolises. As well as converting these structures, the surroundings would need to be adjusted, following the expected visual cues and parameters for the safe arrival and departure of drones. Therefore, architects, much like urban planners, would play an essential role in adapting cities in response to these unprecedented multidimensional spaces appropriately.
Advanced Air Mobility