Aerostatic porous bearings have been applied successfully to various precision devices, such as precision machine tools and precision measuring equipment, to achieve higher accuracy of motion. Recently, large aerostatic porous thrust bearings have been used as essential components in a lithography machine for large liquid crystal display (LCD) glasses. Conventional aerostatic porous bearings are made of porous material that covers the whole of the bearing surface area, requiring a large piece of such material for large bearings. However, making large pieces of porous material requires the use of a large electric furnace, which is a very expensive part of the bearing's manufacturing cost. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes an aerostatic thrust bearing with multiple porous inlet ports. The proposed bearing has a number of small porous inlet ports on the bearing surface, thereby avoiding the need for large electric furnaces. The static characteristics of the proposed bearings are investigated numerically and experimentally. The results show that the proposed aerostatic thrust bearing is potentially very useful for the manufacture of large aerostatic thrust bearings, where it would have advantages over conventional aerostatic porous thrust bearings.