NASA has added four new partners to its national Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) campaign. The organization has signed Space Act agreements with eVTOL developers Supernal and Overair, eSTOL company Electra.aero and transportation consultant Ellis & Associates, which will see the new partners begin sharing information with NASA, as it is preparing for the second phase of the campaign.
Through the national campaign, NASA worked with more than 30 of its partnerswhich include vehicle developers, infrastructure providers and airspace managers, to establish flight test infrastructure, explore future flight path designs and help evolve technologies such as eVTOL aircraft towards certification and use.
The first phase of the national campaign, NC-1, focused on operational safety related to eVTOL vehicles, automation, airspace, acoustic modeling, concepts of operations, contingencies at all phases flight paths and mobile landing surfaces.
The organization recently shared the results of acoustic tests conducted with Joby Aviation in September 2021 and plans to conduct similar tests with Wisk Aero.
Al Capps, Acting Project Manager for the National AAM Campaign, said the team “is making progress in understanding how vehicles, infrastructure and airspace operate in urban, suburban, rural and intra-regional environments. “.
NC-2 will focus on demonstrating integrated AAM automation capabilities and architectures, and will include flight test demonstrations and simulations, as well as systems and operations analyzes at test sites across United States.
The new partners have agreed to share information about their vehicles, traffic management systems, infrastructure and capabilities, giving NASA early insight to prepare for NC-2.
NASA intends to use data from the national campaign to help the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) define regulatory compliance, prepare vehicles and airspace for commercial operations, and make advance the AAM in the United States.
“Each additional research partner and operational flight demonstration helps inform our FAA partners’ approaches and future concept of operations,” Capps said.