A Tech Briefs TV video demonstrates NASA’s rotary-wing “air taxi” concept. The vehicles, in theory, have the capacity for vertical take-off and landing, eliminating the need for long runways.
NASA hopes the air taxi will support Urban Air Mobility, a system that combines onboard/ground-piloted and increasingly autonomous operations.
Some of the barriers to Urban Air Mobility operations include safety certification of autonomous vehicle systems, community noise impacts from vehicle operations, cyber security protections, and safe airspace integration with traditional airline operation.
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