Joby build NASA's X-57 Maxwell electric cruise motors, but its eVTOL work is being closely held. (NASA/Lauren Hughes)
Joby build NASA's X-57 Maxwell electric cruise motors, but its eVTOL work is being closely held. (NASA/Lauren Hughes)
Joby build NASA’s X-57 Maxwell electric cruise motors, but its eVTOL work is being closely held. (NASA/Lauren Hughes)

On Aug. 21, the city council of Marina, California, gave its approval for Joby Aviation to move into two buildings at the Marina Municipal Airport where, according to the Monterey County Weekly, “ they will set about designing and building prototypes of small, electric planes that take off and land vertically, travel faster and more quietly than a helicopter and, according to Joby, do it more safely.” The company will be leasing 74,000 ft² (6,900 m²) across two buildings, with plans to expand to a manufacturing facility of 1.5 – 2 million ft² (139,000 – 186,000 m²).

Joby currently employs about 170 people in Bonny Doon, in Santa Cruz County, California; the Marina Airport is about 30 miles (50 km) southeast as the eVTOL flies … or a two-hour drive in rush hour.

Source: 

An ambitious flying taxi startup is setting up shop at the Marina Municipal Airport, Monterey Country Weekly, Aug. 30, 2018

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