NASA Begins Electric Air Taxi Flight Testing with Joby Aviation

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Joby’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is pictured at the company’s Electric Flight Base, located near Big Sur, California. Image: Joby Aviation
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NASA has begun flight testing with Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, more commonly known as air taxis. The flight testing is part of the agency’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign to observe these experimental aircraft in action and determine whether they are safe for passengers.

Founded in 2009, the California-based Joby Aviation is the first company in the eVTOL industry to participate in the campaign. The flight tests start Monday, August 30, at Joby’s Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California, and will run through Friday, September 10. In the future, the eVTOL aircraft could serve as air taxis for those in cities and surrounding areas around the country, adding another mode of transportation for moving people and goods. Read more