NASA To Host Air Taxi Challenge

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To support the ongoing development of aviation technology, NASA says it will host a series of Grand Challenges, starting in 2020, to promote “public confidence” in urban air mobility. The agency now is planning an “Industry Day” in Seattle, Nov.1-2, to discuss the role NASA will play in the first UAM Grand Challenge and its expectations from participating partners. During the event, NASA says, it will discuss the plans, objectives and execution strategy for the challenge; outline participation requirements and schedules; and facilitate networking among partners.

NASA now is accepting applications to attend the Seattle event. Those who should participate include aircraft manufacturers, sensor manufacturers, communication providers, FAA UAS test sites, others interested in testing specific UAM technologies and media. NASA said it is eager to work with industry partners who are “highly motivated to participate and work with us to achieve a safe, commercial operating capability.”