The US space agency NASA began testing a Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft (eVTOL, in English) that will serve as an air taxi to decongest roads and provide a more efficient service.
The tests with the eVTOL, of the aviation company Joby, began last Monday near Big Sur (California) and will last until September 10.
In the future, these aircraft could serve as air taxis for those in cities and surrounding areas across the country, adding another mode of transportation to move people and goods.
In addition to air taxis, this system could include aircraft such as parcel delivery drones and medical transport vehicles.
The prototype of the Joby signature with which NASA experiments.
The agency will collect information on how the vehicle moves, how it sounds, and how it communicates with the drivers.
It’s about the first time NASA tests an eVTOL aircraft as part of the National Campaign for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) of that federal agency.
The objective is to collect acoustic and performance data from the vehicle and it is also a step by 2022 to carry out more complex flight tests with other industry vehicles.
This test will help identify gaps in current regulations and policies from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help incorporate these types of aircraft into the National Airspace System.
The event campaign to promote airspace mobility in the country will take place in multiple locations over several years.
The test is “an important strategic step in NASA’s goals to accelerate the AAM industry schedule,” said Davis Hackenberg, NASA’s integration manager for that mission.
“These test scenarios will help inform gaps in current standards to benefit the industry’s progress in integrating AAM vehicles into airspace,” he added.
Uber is also testing its air taxi. AFP photo
This campaign “is critical to driving scientific understanding and public acceptance of eVTOL aircraft,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation.
The team will also test NASA’s airworthiness and flight safety processes to approve participants to travel as part of the campaign.
The current market has different prototypes, such as those of Uber and Toyota. The latter is exploring new forms of urban air mobility that allow the deployment of fast, quiet and affordable air transport services.
The Japanese company is studying different emerging technologies that can become viable and sustainable transport alternatives.
Together with the aeronautical company Joby, they are developing vertical take-off and landing electric aircraft that could become a sustainable solution to alleviate mobility problems in urban areas.
Talyn Lift and Talyn Cruise, the two parts of the system proposed by the startup Talyn.
Another one that is in the race is Talyn, a startup founded by former SpaceX engineers. His intention is to create a simple and powerful electric aircraft that also has eVTOL capabilities thanks to a removable platform.
The vehicle consists of two parts: Talyn Lift and Talyn Cruise. The first is a vertical lifting system composed of eight rotors mounted on four coaxial pairs. It connects to the top of Talyn Cruise, which is the one that flies horizontally only and transporting people.
During takeoff, lthe two parts are coupled and it is Lyft who is in charge of the task of putting the whole on air. Once in the air Cruise picks up his wheels and starts engines for horizontal flight.
At one point Lyft takes off and returns to base. At the end of the journey, a Lyft from the destination base comes to the aid of the Cruise to dock and proceed to land.
With information from EFE.