Joby, NASA to measure noise in preparation for an eVTOL future

Joby, NASA to measure noise in preparation for an eVTOL future

Joby is the first company to fly an electric aircraft as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, which will analyze the noise footprint to inform the development of regulations for (and inspire public confidence in) emerging platforms like all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
Joby Aviation, Inc. this week became the first company to fly an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a new NASA program. The agency’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign is designed to promote public confidence in emerging aviation markets such as passenger air taxis. Through flight testing in realistic scenarios and data analysis, it will inform the development of regulatory standards for emerging aviation platforms.

As part of the two-week test at Joby’s Electric Flight Base near Big Sur, CA, the partners will study the acoustic signature of the all-electric Joby aircraft, which the company intends to operate as part of a commercial passenger service beginning in 2024.

“Data from industry leaders like Joby is critical for NASA’s research activities and future standardization of emerging aircraft configurations,” said Davis Hackenberg, NASA AAM mission integration manager. “Industry partnerships are imperative for the U.S. to become a leader in the development of a safe and sustainable AAM ecosystem.”

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