Wisk and NASA partner to accelerate Urban Air Mobility

Nov. 18, 2020
The partnership will focus on the safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into Urban Air Mobility (UAM) applications at a national level.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - Wisk, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company, is teaming with NASA in the first partnership between the two organizations to focus on the safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into UAM applications at a national level.

The partnership is part of NASA's Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign strategy to develop key guidance for UAM operations, while addressing key challenges, such as certification and standards development, in an effort to accelerate U.S. leadership in emerging automated aviation technology. Specifically, the partnership will initially address critical National Campaign safety scenarios with a focus on autonomous flight and contingency management, including collision avoidance and flight path management.

Through the partnership, NASA and Wisk intend to execute on optimized opportunities to evaluate architectures, perform simulation studies, and develop an overall validation framework that can be leveraged for autonomous flight assessments. This will be done in close cooperation with industry standards organizations, and may include guidance on airspace structure, flight procedures, minimum performance requirements for participating aircraft, and standards that will influence the evolution of autonomous systems.

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