Wisk, the company behind the world’s first all-electric, self-flying air taxi, is teaming with NASA to focus on the safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The partnership will initially address safety scenarios with a focus on autonomous flight and contingency management, including collision avoidance and flight path management.
The two groups says they intend to evaluate architectures, perform simulation studies, and ‘develop an overall validation framework that can be leveraged for autonomous flight assessments’.
Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, says: “Our partnership with NASA will bring together our market-leading expertise in autonomy with the unmatched technical capabilities of NASA. The frameworks and recommendations developed through this collaboration will not only advance autonomous passenger flight but also increase the overall safety of aviation.”
Robert Pearce, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, adds: “Wisk brings a tremendous amount of experience in eVTOL vehicle development, automation technologies, and flight test, and combines it with a safety-first mindset towards advancing autonomous flight. NASA believes our partnership with Wisk will help accelerate the realization of exciting new Advanced Air Mobility missions.”
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation.
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