NASA begins developing the next flying cars

Inspenet, February 24, 2023

During the last year, different projects have been presented to give life to what would be private flying vehicles. Although until now, no body as important as NASA lent itself to help shape the next flying vehicles.

NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) program launched in 2021 with the mission to help safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places neglected by aviation using the new flying vehicles. In addition, AAM includes NASA’s work on urban air mobility.

Beyond helping companies develop the next flying cars, NASA’s mission is to demonstrate that safety systems work and crash tests to determine the response of these devices, currently in test version.

NASA has begun crash testing an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, known as eVTOL. A NASA team prepared a full-scale model of six passengers.

To carry out the test, a cable suspension system was used from which the apparatus hung at a height of about 20 meters. By means of some pyrotechnic cutters, the prototype was thrown to hit the ground, generating a tremendous impact.

“The trial was a great success. We tested the eVTOL concept, which stands for a six-passenger high-wing multirotor aerial vehicle. Thanks to this test we have obtained more than 200 data channels and collected more than 20 different views with internal and external cameras, explained Justin Littell, a researcher in Langley’s Structural Dynamics Branch.

NASA will continue to analyze the data, but has come to a preliminary conclusion: the eVTOL ended up more destroyed than they expected. And this will not be the only test. The space agency hopes to proceed to many other evaluations with different vehicles to find the safest configurations and make its contribution to the industry.

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