NASA

  • 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 Aeromechanics Branch internship, I focused on what is considered by some as the most ambitious and...

  • 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 and airspace operational environment for use as a “proving ground” for UAM aircraft...

  • 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...

  • 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 and collectively “raise the water level” together, explained Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate...

  • 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.

     

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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...