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eVTOLs Need Lithium Batteries

Lithium Batteries Need Advanced Recycling; And, There’s the Rub

Flying cars will likely be powered by lithium batteries. How these batteries will be safely and economically recycled remains to be seen.

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Drone Alone: Advanced Air Mobility Advances Pilotlessly

During the EnRicH 2021 European Robotics Hackathon, the San Antonio, Texas-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) successfully demonstrated an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that fully autonomously explored and mapped the interior of the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant located in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria. The Zwentendorf plant is the world’s only nuclear facility that has been fully built but never activated. This makes…

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Charting New Territory with UAV Photogrammetry

There are many emerging uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from firefighting to emergency rescues, military operations, and even cloud-seeding to produce rain. Photogrammetry may be one application that has, until now, flown under the radar of the UAM industry and public awareness. What is photogrammetry? The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASSPRS)…

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Urban Air Mobility: The Legal Challenges on the Horizon

In the 21st century, technology can evolve at breakneck speeds. Legislators and regulators are sometimes challenged to manage those new technologies and keep pace with their advances. With the impending evolution (revolution?) in urban air mobility (UAM), we were curious how the legal and regulatory landscape is evolving – and will need to evolve –…

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UK CAA Prepares a Flight Plan for UAM’s Take-Off

A consortium preparing for the implementation of urban air mobility (UAM) in the United Kingdom published its Key Considerations for Airspace Integration within an Urban Air Mobility Landscape.

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UAM Spreads Its Wings, Cuts Its Wires, and Ponders Hydrogen Power

Entrepreneurs explore the future of urban air mobility

UAM entrepreneurs are exploring hydrogen fuel cells and WiGL technology that proposes recharging eVTOLs midair.

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