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S. Korean Telcos Form Consortium to Demonstrate Urban Air Traffic Technology

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Three major South Korean telecommunications companies, SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+, have formed a consortium to participate in the Korean Urban Air Traffic (K-UAM) Grand Challenge demonstration project.

The project aims to develop and commercialize UAM services that are safe and convenient.

SK Telecom’s K-UAM Dream Team consortium includes Korea Airports Corporation and Hanwha Systems and will lead in aircraft and handling, vertiport, and traffic management, respectively.

SK Telecom’s next-generation UAM aircraft will be tested using UAM-specific airspace networks based on 4G and 5G technologies.

KT is working in a consortium with Hyundai and Hyundai Engineering & Construction to develop a system enabling passengers to travel to, from, and through public transportation.

LG U+, Kakao Mobility, GS&C, and Vertical Aerospace will form a consortium as UAM Future Team to conduct aircraft safety, integration, and noise testing from July 29 to September 6, 2024.

The project will be conducted in two phases.

Companies that pass the airframe safety and integrated operability tests will participate in an urban demonstration in 2024 to commercialize UAMs in 2025.

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