Urban air mobility
University of Delaware
The University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials (CCM) hosted the Second Annual Review of the NASA University Leadership Initiative Composite Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Performance at Automotive Production Rates project.
Reality vs Hype In Commercial Aviation: Miquel Ros Interviews Michael Barnard
I had a great conversation recently with Miquel Ros on his Allplane podcast. It was a couple of hours of good discussion across a range of aviation-related topics, and I encourage people to listen in here instead of just reading my gloss.
My projection of aviation refueling through 2100 with its broad error bars was central. We had a good discussion about the drivers of the projection.
Spectacular Drone Show Lights up the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
A festival celebrating the earliest form of aviation was complemented by the very latest in aviation technology, when drone show specialist Verge Aero flew a series of spectacular light shows for the 50th anniversary Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) in New Mexico.
FlyBy Guys joins the Dronisos Certified Operator Club
Dronisos is proud to share its know-how and passion for Drone Light Shows with Flyby Guys.
Flyby Guys is officially a certified operator of the Dronisos drone show system. This was achieved after a
week of rigorous training and collaboration at Dronisos' headquarters in Bordeaux, France.
Dronamics and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to develop hydrogen-fuel technology for cargo drones
Dronamics, the leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), a leading innovator in the development of zero emissions solutions for aerospace, announced that they will be combining their expertise to integrate hydrogen fuel-cell technology into the Black Swan, the long-range cargo drone developed by Dronamics.
AFWERX: How the Air Force and DoD are Supporting Innovation in the Drone Industry – and Vice Versa
The AUVSI NE UAS and AAM Summit, held at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus, took place last week with an impressive lineup. Among the speakers offering a rare opportunity for an open discussion was Lt. Col. Thomas F. Meagher, Division Chief, AFWERX Prime, Department of the Air Force. AFWERX is one of the military agencies most actively supporting and investing in new unmanned technology companies, helping startups reach commercial viability and scale through investment, testing, and other services.
St. Louis company introduces powerful drone tech in a small package
Our goal at Flyover Future is to highlight the innovation and entrepreneurship going on in the heartland of the U.S. This week, we touch down in St. Louis, a city becoming known for its work in geospatial intelligence, to speak with the co-founders of WingXpand, an aerospace startup that manufactures aviation and aerospace components. James Barbieri is co-founder and CEO of WingXpand and Michelle Madaras is its co-founder and chief customer officer. We spoke to them from Los Angeles where they are participating in the TechStars program.
Italy’s First Vertiport Deployed at Fiumicino Airport
Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Atlantia, UrbanV, and the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, have successfully completed the first crewed eVTOL test flights in Italian airspace. These tests were part of a mobility ecosystem setup at Fiumicino's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. This is a key milestone toward the envisioned rollout of advanced air mobility (AAM) services in Rome by 2024, with the partners having initiated operations of the first fully functional vertiport in Italy.
For Advanced Air Mobility, Safety is Paramount
Companies around the world are creating innovative new aircraft designs like electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs), and other aircraft concepts for use in emergency response and the delivery of packages and cargo. However, these aircraft will only grace U.S. skies after the Federal Aviation Administration provides assurance that they are safe to transport passengers or fly over communities.
Experts Discuss Considerations for Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure and Integration
NASA recently published a whitepaper outlining more than 450 considerations for selecting vertiport locations. According to Nancy Mendonca, Deputy of the AAM Mission Integration Office at NASA, there was previously a lack of understanding in vertiport site selection. The Community Integration Working Group, of which Mendonca is the Technical Lead, gathered input from subject matter experts in a variety of areas in order to create this extensive list. The objective of this working group is to address social concerns surrounding safety, security, affordability, noise, privacy, and legality to achieve successful integration of AAM (advanced air mobility) vehicle operations in metropolitan areas.
Boeing and Wisk Release Concept of Operations for Urban Air Mobility in the U.S.
Boeing and electric air taxi developer Wisk unveiled a concept of operations this week that includes recommendations for deploying and integrating urban air mobility (UAM) in the United States. Wisk, which is developing an autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, is backed by both Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation.
Archer Aviation Offers a Glimpse of Air Taxi Operations
Although developers of electric vertical takeoff and landing eVTOL air taxis have yet to receive certification of their aircraft, a few industry leaders have been thinking ahead to operations and what the experience will look like for passengers as well as pilots.
Using Angel Networks to Facilitate Seed Capital for UAS Startups
Expanding the size of the angel investor pool who understand realistic market timing and technical platform requirements is valuable for the whole industry ecosystem. There are two emerging aerospace industry areas that the UAS Angel Network focuses on, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility technology (AAM). Both of these platforms are beginning to accelerate the development of disruptive technologies at a rate not seen since the early days of traditional aviation.
Building Highways in the Lower Skies
NASA's urban air mobility airspace architect is looking into the considerations of flight safety management for large drones, copters and urban air taxis.
DriveOhio’s Vertiport Innovation Challenge prioritizes STEM outreach in schools
The Highland County Press
School is back in session, and DriveOhio has partnered with the Mastery School of Hawken in northeast Ohio to kick off its latest Vertiport Innovation Challenge. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills, students will focus on identifying an opportunity to implement advanced air mobility in their community.
With so many players jumping onboard, how do we proactively determine which eVTOL companies will dominate the market and which won’t?
According to NASA, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is "a system of air transportation that transfers people and freight between places previously not serviced or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, and urban – employing revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming feasible." Being at the intersection of three emerging trends—electrification, distributed propulsion, and autonomy—it is aerospace's newest market and, in recent years, the one that has spurred the bulk of innovation.
Why rapid development of eVTOL aircraft requires similar growth in their concept of operations
Aerospace Testing International
Around the world, pressure is increasing on regulators to develop and refine concepts of operations to accommodate the future capabilities new types of aircraft, such as eVTOL aircraft and autonomous drones. Many in the aviation industry envision an advanced air mobility future, where such aircraft transport passengers and cargo around big cities from vertiports.
Microsoft’s Drone AI Pilot Training Lab
It makes sense to perform the most hazardous activities in simulations when you're testing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicle prototypes, or simply automobiles in general. An early autonomous system may be extremely unpredictable, and Tesla warns that they might "make the wrong decision at the worst possible time." So, before even installing a system on a car, automotive manufacturers are doing a lot of simulator work to prepare the software for reality. At its most extreme, Tesla is building a supercomputer with capabilities far beyond what's needed.
The fall and rise of jetpacks
Royal Aeronautical Society
ANTONY QUINN CRAeS, Royal Navy Commander and co-founder of Maverick Aviation Ltd which has created a semi-automated hands-free jetpack, explores the turbulent history of personal air mobility.
Aerostructures Market Value Worth USD 74.0 Billion by 2030 at 9% CAGR - Report By Market Research Future (MRFR)
Latest Research Report on Aerostructures Market- Information By Component (Fuselage, Flight Control Surfaces, Wings, Nose, Nacelle And Pylon, And Others), Material (Composite, Alloys, And Metals), End-Use (OEM And Aftermarket), Platform (Fixed Wing And Rotary Wing), And Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, And Latin America), Forecast till 2030
Edge Autonomy acquires Adaptive Energy, a leader in solid oxide fuel technology
Edge Autonomy, a leader in unmanned and autonomous technology, announced today that it has acquired Adaptive Energy (or "the Company"), a globally recognized designer and manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for backup, off grid and UAV power. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Infrastructure Could Be Advanced Air Mobility's Greatest Challenge, Say Experts
Putting in place the complex infrastructure required for so-called advanced air mobility (AAM) operations could be the new sector's greatest challenge. That was the consensus of a diversity of speakers at the recent Electric Aircraft Symposium, hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on the eve of the AirVenture show.
Grand Farm’s Autonomous Nation Conference to Connect Autonomous Industry and Policymakers
Grand Farm will host its Autonomous Nation Conference on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Autonomous Nation will bring together policymakers from the local, state, and national levels with industry entrepreneurs and innovators to help make our region the most autonomous-friendly area in the country. The conference will focus on the autonomous industry and the impact it can have across our region, solving issues such as workforce shortages, inefficiencies, and technology gaps.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence Partners with Airspace Link on Community Drone Safety
Airspace Link, a leading provider of drone safety infrastructure, and the Lone Star UAS Center are announcing a partnership to launch the FlySafe Program, powered by AirHub, to enhance the safety and capabilities of drone operations within their local communities. Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) is a research facility dedicated to the innovation and safety of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flights throughout the United States. Lone Star UAS has been on the leading edge of planning and safety for UAS.
NASA and FAA Administrators Discuss Advanced Air Mobility at White House Summit
According to Billy Nolen, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, two companies developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft expect to earn FAA certification of their vehicles as early as 2024. He shared numerous insights about the FAA's approach to advanced air mobility and ensuring safety for the aviation industry during a keynote presentation at a summit hosted by the White House last week. Nolen added that in addition to supporting certification for eVTOL aircraft, another priority of the FAA is working to enable routine drone operations that can be carried out beyond the line of sight of a visual observer.
NASA Steps Up Urban Air Mobility Automation Trials in Vertiport Lab
NASA is stepping up preparations for an advanced air mobility (AAM) future. The U.S. agency's researchers recently completed simulations involving a vertiport hosting large volumes of eVTOL aircraft operations as part of its high-density vertiplex (HDV) subproject.
Advanced air mobility
Aerospace Manufacturing & Design
Deloitte's report, Advanced air mobility: Disrupting the future of mobility, by John Coykendall, Matt Metcalfe, Aijaz Hussain, and Tarun Dronamraju, examines the current state of advanced air mobility (AAM) – a market dominated by electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft companies.
Member Spotlight: Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership
The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) is an FAA-designated UAS test site. They leverage operational capability, aviation expertise, and robust research resources to take on the most pressing technical and operational challenges in UAS integration. They lead Virginia's BEYOND team and other major federal UAS-integration efforts, and their work has consistently led to landmark permissions and operations that have advanced the industry.
The Future of UAM Solutions: Creating a More Accessible Tomorrow
Connected Aviation Today
In a previous article on Connected Aviation Today our editorial team heard from Boe Svatek, Leader of Strategic Programs for UAS, and Andrew Donnelly, Senior Marketing Manager, both at Collins Aerospace, about how advancements in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions will revolutionize our cities by opening their airspace to new and innovative aircraft capable of automating difficult tasks, transforming logistics, and even reshaping how residents travel.
In that conversation, both Svatek and Donnelly expressed their belief that the UAM solutions of the future will provide a new era of accessibility for both air travelers and for commerce. But what are the next steps towards realizing that potential? When can people expect aircraft to become a part of their daily commutes or package deliveries? How long before UAM solutions are leveraged to make jobs safer?