Joby Aviation is one of the companies that has advanced the most in the development of an alternative solution for the aerial mobility of people. Its prototype electric air taxi takes a long time to develop, and now NASA subjects it to a series of flight tests.
The United States space agency launched the National Campaign for Advanced Air Mobility, and for this reason it has put interest in the vehicle in question. Rehearsals began on Monday, August 30 and will run until Friday, September 10. NASA’s goal is understand how these devices work and its security measures, and in what way they will be used for the transfer of passengers in the future.
“NASA’s goal is to collect acoustic and vehicle performance data for use in modeling and simulating future airspace concepts. This test will help identify gaps in current Federal Aviation Administration regulations and policies to assist to incorporate these aircraft into the National Airspace System “, they indicated.
Basically, then, the electric air taxi is put to the test in different scenarios. Thus, NASA pretends to know how it moves, what sound it makes, and how it responds to commands. In addition, the agency will work directly with the FAA and advise it if new laws should be drafted to regulate devices of this type.
In addition, Joby Aviation is the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company to undergo such a procedure.
NASA offers a key look at the future of electric aircraft
That NASA has laid its eyes on this prototype electric air taxi, implies that there is a great interest behind this technology. Recall that Joby Aviation recently successfully completed a test flight of more than 240 kilometers; and it did so with a single battery charge.
It is true that there is still a long way to go before this class of aircraft begins to carry passengers. Testing is still done remotely; and it is not yet known reliably what the autonomy would be with the extra weight of the people in the cabin. In fact, the company aspires to fly commercially as of 2024.
Undoubtedly, then, the research of the US space agency will be key to the future of this type of project. “NASA’s National Advanced Air Mobility Campaign is critical to driving scientific understanding and public acceptance of eVTOL aircraft,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation.