The AAM concept creates innovative, yet cost-effective aircraft with a low carbon footprint. NASA and other AAM proponents have promoted air vehicle designs “enabled by electrification and scaled through automation.”
Thus, virtually all of the developed AAM vehicles have all-electric or hybrid-electric power systems, aside from some exploration into hydrogen-powered zero-emission aircraft. Many are highly automated to navigate from point-to-point safely without a human operator aboard. Most of the designs fall into one or more of these types:
o Electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing (eVTOL) designs focus in the areas of on-demand air taxis, airport passenger transfers, patient transfers, rooftop-to-rooftop cross-town trips, and more. Some eVTOL have onboard or remote pilots; others have “self-driving” automated navigation.
o Electric Conventional Take-Off & Landing (eVTOL) aircraft are used for short-range trips, small cargo deliveries, and passenger transfers from regional and rural airstrips.
o Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), also popularly known as drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for videography, small package delivery and pick-up, transfer of medical supplies, etc.
o AAM is a newly developing form of aviation to move people and cargo between places not currently or easily served by surface transportation or existing aviation assets. This includes new entrants to the National Airspace System (NAS) such as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and air taxis.
o Sometimes AAM is also referred to as urban air mobility (UAM), although potential applications for this form of transportation could extend beyond high-density urban centers to local and regional transportation, as well as rural areas. These aircraft will likely range in size from single-passenger aircraft to shuttles carrying multiple people, and in some cases, the potential for autonomous operations without a human pilot.
RELATED TO NASA, THE ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY, AS BELOW:
- Vertiports Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Travel Time Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Automation Department- Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Infrastructure Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Future Airspace Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Emergency Response Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Noise Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Health Care Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Ride Quality Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
- Safety Department - Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)