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  • NASA Greased Lightening (GL-10) hovering, Virginia, USA.

    NASA Greased Lightning (defunct)

    Greased Lightning (GL-10)NASA LangleyHampton, Virginia, USAwww.nasa.gov/langley

    In 2015, NASA Langley researchers completed a carbon fiber hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) drone prototype named Greased Lightning (or GL-10) and was successfully remotely piloted from a hover to...

  • Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)

    Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)
    Bell
    Fort Worth, Texas
    www.bellflight.com

    The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vectored thrust multicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

    The APT uses gimbaled propellers at the each end of biplane-style wings. A cargo pod with bracket attachments sits between the wings. Under each rotor is a...

  • What Else to Do with an Army of Interns

    NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Aeromechanics Branch hosted more than 60 interns this summer and focused their energies on studying the future of vertical flight. This is the second of two reports from this past year’s summer interns.

    By Nicholas Peters
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    During my ten-week NASA...

  • NASA Urban Air Mobility vision

    NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    NASA Launches UAM Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1–2, more than 400 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge plan, which is designed to provide an integrated vehicle...

  • 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 Nov. 6, 2018, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) released highlights of the two in-depth UAM reports to the public.

    Both reports explore many of the complex opportunities and challenges that NASA expects to address with industry, government and...

  • NASA Urban Air Mobility vision

    NASA Launches Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1-2, more than 400 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...

  • NASA Puffin

    Puffin
    NASA
    Hampton, Virginia, USA
    www.nasa.gov

    NASA’s Puffin is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) tail-sitting personal flying device.

    The Puffin stands 3.7 m tall (or long in flight mode) with a wingspan of 4.4 m. Near the wingtips are 60 hp electric motors for two 2.2 m propellers. It is a “tail-sitter” and the four point landing gear contract...

  • 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...

  • 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...