NASA is testing a flying taxi: the future of mobility is taking shape.

NASA has started flight tests on an electric eVTOL built by Aviation and intended for the rapid transport of people. The air taxi allows NASA to collect data on performance and acoustics to help the sector evolve, but not only: what has been learned will serve to fill any gaps in the regulations written by the FAA. by Manolo De Agostini published on 03 September 2021, at 15:01 in the Science and technology channel NASA NASA “studies” the so-called “flying cars”. The US Space Agency has started flight tests with Joby Aviation’s eVTOL (acronym Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing), a flight powered entirely by electricity and capable of getting up and landing vertically. The initiative, part of the National Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) campaign, will run until Friday 10 September at the Joby Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California. It is the first time that NASA has tested an eVTOL, an aircraft that many could act as an air taxi for those in the cities and surrounding areas, adding another way of moving people and goods than traditional ones. NASA’s goal is to collect vehicle performance and acoustics data (via more than 50 microphones to monitor different flight phases) for use in modeling and simulating future concepts. The test will help identify gaps in FAA (Feal Aviation Administration) regulations and policies so that eVTOLs can become an integral part of future mobility. One of their strengths, in addition to reducing pollution, should in fact be the acoustic profile: being ideally less noisy than helicopters, they could be more suitable for flights in densely populated areas. NASA’s experiments will serve as a preamble to a test phase, known as NC-1, scheduled for 2022, with more complex flight scenarios and also carried out with other aircraft. In short, NASA’s job is to act as a consultant to the FAA to arrive at clear and safe regulations. According to some experts it will take five years or more to see an eVTOL fly in the American skies, while Joby is more optimistic and is aiming to launch an air taxi service in 2024. Joby Aviation went public a few weeks ago on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), after ten years of activity and a business that has yet to go live but which, as soon as it starts, could soon become a multi-billionaire again.

♬ Twenty One Pilots – Saturday

LYRIC

Slow down on Monday
Not a sound on Wednesday (yeah)
Might get loud (ayy) on Friday
But on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
We paint the townLose my sense a time or two
Weeks feel like days
Medicate in the afternoon
And I just want to know
Have you lost your footing, too?
I just pray that I’m not losing youCatch me floating circles in my fishbowl
Keep things fresh
She said that I should change my clothes
I exaggerate the life we used to know, oh, ohSlow down on Monday
Not a sound on Wednesday (yeah)
Might get loud (ayy) on Friday
But on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
We paint the townOoh, you’re good
These are my dancing shoes
We paint the town
Ooh, you’re good
Thought I would dance with you
Might get loud (ayy) on Friday
But on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
We paint the townLife moves slow on the ocean floor (feeling great)
I can’t feel the waves anymore
Did the tide forget to move?
I just pray that I’m not losing youCatch me floating circles in my fishbowl
Keep things fresh
She said that I should change my clothes
I exaggerate the life we used to know, oh, yeahWorking on music?
Yeah
I’ll just to go to bed, I’m tired
I wanna watch “Friends” with you
Oh, if you feel like you have time to do a song or you’re inspired
You should just go for itNot a sound on Wednesday
Might get loud (ayy) on Friday
But on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
We paint the townWe paint, paint
Might get loud on Friday
But on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday

Six on Saturday 04.09.21 — Thistles and Kiwis

It’s September, it’s spring and there have been some lovely sunny days if chilly nights. Lockdown continues, with several lovely walks in the Botanic Gardens to brighten our days. Lots of daffodils, hellebores, magnolia and other signs of the season. Anyway, thanks to The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens […]

Six on Saturday 04.09.21 — Thistles and Kiwis

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

Today we have photos from reader Dave, whose photography website is here. Note that he sells a different print each month. The titles (indented) are his; click on the photos to enlarge them (all photos ©DSF_ All Rights Reserved). Sunlit Azaleas: Botanic Spring: Honeybeeing (Apis mellifera): Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica): Icelandic Horse (Equus ferus caballus):…

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True