About this online course


Learn about the multi-disciplinary aspects of urban air vehicle design, performance and control, and keep up to date with the latest developments of this novel mode of transportation.

Urban air mobility is a revolutionary mode of transportation that optimizes routes and shortens travel duration. Due to its increased flexibility, this mode of transportation can decongest ground routes around critical areas with high traffic density. In just the last few years, the sector of small air vehicles has shown impressive progress with several major companies already developing different types of vehicle.

A multi-disciplinary approach

This course, the first of its kind, combines the multi‑disciplinary aspects of vehicle design and operation. It offers state‑of‑the‑art concepts related to design – from aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of propulsion systems to powering possibilities – and operational aspects – from vehicle control and stability to integration with the urban environment. Participants are given the option to specialize in one (or both) of these two fields.

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • categorize and compare different vehicle typologies, evaluating the requirements per mission, and anticipating the problems to be solved for each of them.
  • estimate and predict the aerodynamic performance, operational envelopes, fuel consumption, and additional aspects of integration into urban environments, with the purpose of producing a complete vehicle design.
  • analyze the performance of different vehicle propulsion systems, estimating their installation effects and aeroacoustic impact.
  • describe how each vehicle interfaces with others in a fleet approach, predicting the changes that need to be made to operate within a specific mission in an urban environment.

The course uses virtual lab tours, interactive assignments and interviews with industry experts to pave the way to a complete understanding of the topics.

The course has been designed by experienced professors, industry partners and researchers that are part of TU Delft's Personal Air Mobility group – a joint collaboration between the Faculties of Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture – created to study and integrate disruptive vehicle configurations in the urban environment.

Top UAM experts to gather in Delft in 2021
The Delft International Conference on Urban Air Mobility (DICUAM 2021), organized by TU Delft in collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, NLR, LILIUM and PAL-V, will gather specialists from several domains to discuss the scientific and technological challenges for eVTOL vehicles. During this three-day event in March 2021, experts will discuss topics such as safety, traffic management, urban operations, regulations, and societal acceptance issues.


Is this course for you?

This course will be beneficial for engineers working in the aerospace industry with backgrounds in mechanical and electrical engineering, applied physics or mathematics. The multi-disciplinary nature of the topics, including the vehicle design, which covers propulsion, aerodynamic and aeroacoustic parameters and also operational aspects such as control, stability and urban integration will help participants in their specialization. They will benefit from an improved capacity to become more effective in decision making within multi-disciplinary projects.

This course is also suited to young professionals or entrepreneurs interested in vehicle/drone design and evaluation with the target of urban integration or certification.

This course can also prove a beneficial addition to the learner's portfolio when considering a spin off in engineering and mechanics, where technology needs to encompass additional disciplines to produce the best solutions.


Module 1: UAM configurations based on societal mission

This module presents the different vehicle configurations per societal mission. The following sub-topics are discussed:

  • General introduction to UAM which includes societal relevance and need for a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Vehicle classification by configuration, requirements, power/fuel, mission
  • Environment-driven design which discusses infrastructure and safety aspects, impact on society

Module 2A: Propulsion systems

This module presents the aspects related to the single system including aerodynamic aspects, configuration of the propulsion systems, with specific solutions for the operation under mission. The following sub-topics are discussed:

  • Aerodynamics /acoustics of propellers covering single and distributed propeller arrays and their installation
  • Powering options from different energy sources such as battery, electric propulsion, hydrogen, solar, etc.

Module 2B: Vehicle operational aspects

This module presents the aspects related to the operation of a single vehicle and of a fleet, including vehicle control, air-traffic management of multi-systems and modification of the infrastructures. The following sub-topics are discussed:

  • Individual vehicles: control and stability, trajectory, maneuverability
  • Multiple vehicles: multi-system analysis, object avoidance
  • Integration into the urban environment: modification of the urban environment, architecture, buildings, etc.


Certificates and CEUs

If you successfully complete this course you will earn a professional education certificate and you are eligible to receive 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


This course is primarily geared towards working professionals.


Knowledge of fundamental physics and calculus is a requirement. However, the course will fill in any gaps of knowledge in basic aerodynamics and control theories.

In order to complete your enrollment you will be asked to upload the following document:

  • a copy of your passport or ID card


If you have any questions about this course or the TU Delft online learning environment, please visit our Help & Support page.

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  • Starts: Feb 02, 2021
  • Fee: € 695
  • Group fee: contact us
  • Enrollment open until: Jan 26, 2021
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effort: 5 - 6 hours per week

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