Uber Signs With NASA To Develop Air Taxi Routes

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Uber has signed a deal with NASA to develop software for the air taxi it plans to have in service within five years. At a web conference in Lisbon on Wednesday, Uber’s Jeff Holden said the company is teaming with NASA to develop a range of technologies designed to track and de-conflict its human-carrying quadcopters from each other and from other manned aircraft.

Earlier this year, Uber announced plans to develop an on-demand air-taxi system that will initially test in Dallas, followed by Los Angeles by 2020. The company said it hopes to launch UberAir before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. “Technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city’s historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways,” Holden said, according to a report in USA Today. “At scale, we expect UberAir will perform tens of thousands of flights each day across the city,” he added. Uber hired NASA veterans Mark Moore and Tom Prevot to run the program. Moore, an electric aircraft expert, will oversee aircraft vehicle design and Prevot will handle air traffic management.

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From what I have seen NASA is going to work with Aurora Flight Services who partners with Uber and was acquired by Boeing. Boeing has a contest offering $2 million to whomsoever invents a personal VTOL plane. It only shows that they have not succeeded up to now. Mark Moore said he wrote the rules for that contest. The planes of which they have all shown a conceptual design, are helicopters trying to act like airplanes and using the wrong fuel to achieve their purpose. Hydrogen is the fuel of the future and battery power only allows for short flights with constant recharging.
Miles Garnett, Pres.
Gestalt Aeronauticals, Ltd.

Posted by: Miles Garnett | November 8, 2017 8:18 PM    Report this comment

Fast charging and high energy cells degrade the cycle life of any battery packs. Helicopters are the most inefficient of all flying craft. Then to expect electric to do the job is barely wishful thinking. Any passenger will have to be very rich and have a death wish to trust a craft with no pilot.

Posted by: Don Lineback | November 8, 2017 9:45 PM    Report this comment

In bad weather and strong wind currents produced by tall buildings, a recipe for disaster. In any case, who wants to see the sky blackened with 10,000 flights a day over any city? Even with the quietest electric motor, multi-propped vehicles of those numbers are going to create a constant overhead din of wasp-like swarms along with low-frequency beating from those props in addition to regular traffic noise. Do we really want that???

Posted by: Ray Richards | November 9, 2017 12:56 PM    Report this comment

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