First Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Human-in-the-Loop Airspace Simulation at SimLabs
The first Urban Air Mobility (UAM) human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulation successfully completed data collection on September 14, 2018. NASA’s definition for UAM is a safe and efficient system for air passenger and cargo transportation within an urban area, inclusive of small package delivery and other urban Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) services, which supports a mix of onboard/ground-piloted and increasingly autonomous operations.
NASA Tests Advanced Air Mobility Automation Concepts with Sikorsky and DARPA
New forms of highly automated Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft, such as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, could transform transportation, cargo delivery, and a variety of public services. NASA, working alongside the Federal Aviation Administration, is applying its decades of expertise in aeronautical research to ensure this new type of technology enters the National Airspace System in a safe and sustainable way.
Air Taxi Ride Quality: Seeking a Smooth Ride at the Vertical Motion Simulator
Four passengers participate in a simulation of an air taxi ride at NASA's Vertical Motion Simulator, or VMS. Located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, the VMS allows NASA researchers to study the limits of what makes a comfortable air taxi ride. These vehicles will take off vertically – flying from one building to another, for instance – before slowing down to a hover and landing.