• NASA LA-8 testbed aircraft laboratory in a wind tunnel. Date of picture: April 5, 2019.

    NASA LA-8 eVTOL Testbed

    LA-8 eVTOL TestbedNASA Langley Research CenterHampton, Virginia,

    NASA has been in the process of making multiple Advance Urban Air Mobility Technology Testbeds, according to Dave North, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Section Lead. (In 2015-2016, NASA Langley researchers completed and flight tested a carbon fiber hybrid-electric vertical...

  • NASA’s National Campaign

    NASA has relaunched the UAM Grand Challenge as the AAM National Campaign. The goal is to mature the eVTOL ecosystem through a series of technology field tests.

    By Jim Sherman
    VFS Director of Strategic Development

    Vertiflite, May/June 2020

    In 2015, NASA began a four-year project to provide guidance for low-altitude (under 500...

  • NASA Holds Supply Chain Workshop

    The NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) held a Sustainable Aerospace Supply Chain and Manufacturing Workshop, Feb. 4-5, 2020, at NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, California.

    VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg presented on "The Future of Vertical Flight: How Do We Get There?" [pdf slides, 8 MB]. More information about the workshop is available at

    "The objective of this workshop...

  • Electric Aircraft Symposium 2019 Synopsis

    The Vertical Flight Society co-sponsored the CAFE Foundation’s 13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, held July 20-21, 2019, at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. EAS 2019 was held in conjunction with the Experimental Aviation Association’s annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, July 22-28 (see eVTOL News from AirVenture).

    Two dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts spoke at EAS 2019, all of which are available...

  • NASA Greased Lightening (GL-10) hovering, Virginia, USA.

    NASA Greased Lightning (defunct)

    Greased Lightning (GL-10)NASA LangleyHampton, Virginia,

    In 2015, NASA Langley researchers completed a carbon fiber hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) drone prototype named Greased Lightning (or GL-10) and was successfully remotely piloted from a hover to wing-borne flight back to landing, in tests at Fort A.P. Hill,...

  • Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)

    Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)
    Fort Worth, Texas, USA

    The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vectored thrust multicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

    The APT uses gimbaled propellers at the each end of biplane-style wings. A cargo pod with bracket attachments sits between the wings. Under each rotor is a “vector thrust module” containing the batteries, speed...

  • What Else to Do with an Army of Interns

    NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Aeromechanics Branch hosted more than 60 interns this summer and focused their energies on studying the future of vertical flight. This is the second of two reports from this past year’s summer interns.

    By Nicholas Peters
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    During my ten-week NASA Aeromechanics Branch internship, I focused on what is...

  • NASA Urban Air Mobility vision

    NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    NASA Launches UAM Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1–2, more than 400 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge plan, which is designed to provide an integrated vehicle and airspace operational environment for use as a “proving...

  • NASA Crown NEXA UAM market study

    NASA Releases Two UAM Consultant Reports

    In 2017, NASA hired two teams of consultants to study the viability of different urban air mobility (UAM) use cases.

    On Nov. 6, 2018, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) released highlights of the two in-depth UAM reports to the public.

    Both reports explore many of the complex opportunities and challenges that NASA expects to address with industry, government and academic partners in its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge...

  • NASA Urban Air Mobility vision

    NASA Launches Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1-2, more than 400 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge plan.

    Over the next few years, NASA will host a series of operational demonstration programs that will address known UAM challenges that will allow participants to learn from each other and collectively “raise the water level” together,...