Singapore digest news (07.03 - 11.03)

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Electric air taxi service to be launched in Singapore in 2024
By 2024, Singapore will have its first commercial air taxi service, to be launched by pioneering companies in the field - Volocopter and Skyports. To begin with, regular flights will be opened in the Marina Bay area and Sentosa, while later the route network is expected to expand to cross-border flights to Indonesia and Malaysia. Volocopter promises that a flight from Changi Airport to Batam, for example, will take less than 20 minutes.
Electric air taxi technology is already very close to commercial deployment. Back in 2019, it was tested in Singapore with a successful three-minute flight along the Marina Bay promenade.
The Volocopter air taxi is a small helicopter with rotating mini-blades. These vehicles will be a safe, quiet, comfortable and environmentally friendly way to travel. They will take off and land on vertiports, which resemble small airfields about 25 metres long and placed on the roofs of buildings, for example. To begin with, the fleet will consist of 10 to 20 aero taxis. The service will be available to everyone who wants it.

Hundreds of people queue up every day in Singapore to admire baby panda Le Le
Le Le, the baby panda born in Singapore on 14 August 2021, is now almost a grown boy. The latest video, published on 28 February, shows him tumbling as he falls, with people apparently wondering: "How do these creatures even survive in the wild?" Although it's true, not long ago pandas were nearly extinct.
Earlier this year, Singaporeans lined up 200 metres to admire Le Le's six-month-old.

Singapore start-up creates "plant-based meat" that's as good as natural meat
Layered bacon and juicy plant-based chicken fillets could soon be virtually indistinguishable in taste and properties from the original products. The Singapore-based startup has already gone a long way towards creating alternative proteins for full "meat" textures of tissue fibres.
Over the past two years, Singapore has launched many plant-based products into production and market, drawing attention to the country as a hub for alternative proteins. This is particularly important against the backdrop of growing global awareness of the huge carbon footprint in the atmosphere from raising livestock and poultry for food production.