NASA Joby Aviation Electric Air Taxi AAM
NASA started flight testing with Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to further develop its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign. It will run through Friday, Sept.10, at Joby’s Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California, and eventually, the aircraft could serve as air taxis for those in cities around the country. The goal for these tests are to collect vehicle performance and acoustic data for use in modeling and simulation of future airspace concepts. Read more for a video and additional information.

The current round of testing has NASA collecting data from Joby’s eVTOL NC-1 aircraft, which is slated for commercial launch in 2022, flying planned test scenarios showing how it moves, sounds, and communicates with controllers. NASA’s research team will deploy the mobile acoustics facility and construct an array of more than 50 microphones to measure the acoustic profile of Joby’s aircraft in the various phases of flight.

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The National Campaign Developmental Testing is an important strategic step in NASA’s goals to accelerate the AAM industry timeline. These testing scenarios will help inform gaps in current standards to benefit the industry’s progress of integrating AAM vehicles into the airspace,” said Davis Hackenberg, NASA AAM mission integration manager.

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