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Utah State University Researchers Help UDOT Study Vertiports

By Taylor Emerson |

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

Earlier this year, the Utah Department of Transportation showcased the state’s first demonstration of a vertiport — a major milestone in a multiyear research collaboration with Utah State University.

According to the FAA, vertiports are areas for vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL, operations — which could apply to air taxis or drone deliveries, among other uses.

While those technologies may still be fledgling, in many respects they are fast approaching, and vertiports may be a key part in helping make them a reality for Utahns.

In this video, learn about USU’s research focus in their collaboration with UDOT for vertiports.


Taylor Emerson
Digital Journalist
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-2262


Brent Chamberlain
Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


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