The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has begun testing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with Joby Aviation to serve as an air taxi in a bid to add another mode of transportation for moving people and goods. It is the first time that NASA has carried out a test on an eVTOL aircraft as part of its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign.
The agency will continue the testing till Friday, September 10, at Joby’s Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California.
In the future, eVTOL aircraft could serve as air taxis in cities and surrounding areas providing a quicker mode of transportation. As a part of the program, NASA will majorly focus on collecting vehicle performance and acoustic data from Joby’s eVTOL aircraft which is intended to serve as a commercial passenger service in the future.
JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation said, “NASA’s AAM National Campaign is critical to driving scientific understanding and public acceptance of eVTOL aircraft. We’re incredibly proud to have worked closely with NASA on an electric flight over the past ten years and to be the first eVTOL company to fly as part of the campaign.”
Another element of the flight testing includes ensuring external ranges participating in NC-1 meet the protocols for future testing.
The team will also test NASA’s flight safety and airworthiness processes to approve participants to fly in the campaign.
When fully integrated into the airspace, AAM will provide an affordable system for passenger and cargo transportation and other applications in the public interest.
It could include aircraft like package delivery drones, air taxis and medical transport vehicles.
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