• NASA Crown NEXA UAM market study

    NASA Releases Two UAM Consultant Reports

    In 2017, NASA hired two teams of consultants to study the viability of different urban air mobility (UAM) use cases.

    On November 6, 2018, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) released highlights of the two in-depth UAM reports to the public, with more content scheduled for release in late November.

    Both reports explore many of the complex opportunities and challenges that NASA expects to address with industry, government and academic partners in its Urban Air...

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    NASA Launches Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1-2, more than 240 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge plan.

    Over the next few years, NASA will host a series of operational demonstration programs that will address known UAM challenges that will allow participants to learn from each other and collectively “raise the water level” together, explained Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate...

  • NASA Puffin

    Hampton, Virginia, USA

    The Puffin is a tail-sitting personal flying device that was created by NASA researcher Mark Moore. The design was announced in November 2009, and the first scaled prototype took flight in February 2010. The Puffin was one of the first planned eVTOL, inspiring countless other designs down the road.



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  • NASA Supports eCTOL and eVTOL UAM

    NASA is broadening its support to Urban Air Mobility through several initiatives, as outlined in a May 7, 2018 NASA news story:
    The goal, known as Urban Air Mobility (UAM), is a safe and efficient air transportation system where everything from small package delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis operate over populated areas, from small towns to the largest cities....

    Another area where NASA’s strengths already are assisting UAM air vehicle development is with its electric...

  • Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL concept

    As part of Uber’s second annual Elevate Summit, aircraft designer and Uber Elevate partner, Pipistrel, has revealed its newest eVTOL concept and design. The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from two to six passengers.

    As part of its broader Elevate aviation initiative, Uber...

  • Uber announces new partnerships and aircraft concepts at 2nd annual Elevate Summit

    On the first day of its second annual Elevate Summit, Uber unveiled a series of new advancements and partnerships that are helping launch the world’s first urban aviation network.

    Six months after announcing Los Angeles would be one of the first U.S. cities to launch uberAIR, the company reinforced its partnerships with key manufacturers and technology companies, working together towards a...

  • Uber and NASA sign second Space Act Agreement

    Uber has signed a second Space Act Agreement with NASA to explore concepts and technologies for urban air mobility (UAM). Under this agreement, Uber will share its unique UAM requirements based on their future operational concept for the world’s first urban aviation’s rideshare network, and NASA will use the latest airspace management modeling and simulation algorithms to assess the impacts...

  • Uber Announces Agreements with NASA and Plans for Los Angeles

    Uber Signs Space Act Agreement With NASA On Traffic Management Development For Urban Airspace

    Uber announced today that it has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of new Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) concepts and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that will enable safe and efficient operations of small UAS at low altitudes. Uber’s participation in NASA’s UTM Project will help the company’s goal of starting demonstration flights of uberAIR...

  • Working Groups Developing Transformative Vertical Flight Roadmaps

    Working Groups Developing Transformative Vertical Flight Roadmaps

    By Mike Dudley

    Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2017

    A confluence of technical, business and societal developments in recent years is driving an expectation that air transportation will be transformed to cut urban daily commute times dramatically, enable faster emergency response, and allow inter- and...

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    AHS International Leads Transformative Vertical Flight Initiative

    AHS International held a groundbreaking event on August 27-29. The “Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures” was held in Arlington, Virginia at the offices of CENTRA Technology, Inc. and with the support of the F.N. Piasecki Foundation. The workshop was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

    With electric and hybrid power promising radical new...