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How Much Noise Will a Single Rotor Make When a Single Rotor Makes Noise?

Use the NASA RVLT Conceptual Design Toolchain to Predict Best Practices

In their paper, “Best Practices for Predicting Acoustics of a Single Rotor Using the NASA RVLT Conceptual Design Toolchain” presented at the Vertical Flight Society’s 6th Decennial Aeromechanics Specialists’ Conference held in Santa Clara, California in February 2024, NASA aerospace engineers Lauren Weist, Natasha Schatzman, and Dorsa Shirazi detailed the results of their study intended…

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Two men in suits push aside different colors of a pie chart with an illustrated night cityscape behind them.

Future Forward: AAM By the Numbers

The size and value of the urban air mobility market is poised to soar in the next decade.

We’re talking billions. US$30.7bn — The value of the urban air mobility market by 2031 Source Allied Market Research 30.2% — Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of urban air mobility market from 2022 to 2031. Source: Allied Market Research US$3.8bn — Value of urban air mobility market in 2023 Source: Markets and Markets US$28.5bn — Value of urban air…

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Yellow trolley in front of colorful urban homes.

Does the Public Really Want Air Taxis?

Evtols? UAVs? UAM? Tell Us How You Really Feel . . . 

People have wildly different views on the future of urban air mobility (UAM). Policymakers and transport operators need to pay attention.

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Roadrunner attack drone sitting in foreground against a dusky landscape.

A Drone Militaries Can Use to Seek and Destroy or Seek and Return

To Loiter or Not to Loiter, That Is the Munitions Question of the Day

Costa Mesa, California-based Anduril Industries has literally and figuratively launched its boomerang drone bomb. Equipped with an autonomous, artificial intelligence (AI) “brain,” the Roadrunner UAV is capable of taking down a moving target midair and destroying itself on impact. Should the mission not achieve its objective, Roadrunner will turn itself around and land itself nose-up…

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Illustration of a future droneport.

What Is a Droneport?

Airport. √ Vertiport. √ Droneport? Stay tuned.

You’ve heard of airports. Society will soon be hearing more about droneports.

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Illustration of a red city bus at the base of a vertiport with an air taxi on top of it.

Vertiport, Vertiport, Wherefore Shall I Integrate You?

Using a GIS-Based Approach to Suss Out Suitable Vertiport Locations

Much of the discussion surrounding the integration of urban/advanced air mobility (UAM/AAM) has focused on how best to accommodate this new transportation mode into the National Air Space (NAS) of any given nation-state (such as the United States) or a supranational union of states (such as the European Union). But, to date, little consideration has…

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