Wisk, the eVTOL manufacturer from Mountain View, CA, and NASA are teaming up to focus on the safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into an Urban Air Mobility environment on a national level. Wisk, backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation, is known for designing, building and flying Cora, an all-electric air taxi capable of carrying 2 passengers over a distance of about 25 miles at 100mph. The self-flying aircraft takes off and lands vertically using 12 lift fans mounted around a fixed wing that is used in conjunction with a single three-bladed propeller for forward propulsion. Wisk has gained experience in over 1400 test flights.
The partnership is part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign strategy, which develops key guidance for UAM operations and addresses key challenges such as developing standard and certification guidelines in order to accelerate the US industry of automated aviation. Initially, the partnership will specifically address safety scenarios including collision avoidance and flight path management. NASA and Wisk intend to evaluate architectures, perform simulation studies, and develop a validation framework for autonomous flight assessments. They will cooperate with industry standards organizations, which may include guidance on airspace structure, flight procedures, minimum performance requirements for participating aircraft, and standards that will influence the evolution of autonomous systems.
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.
– Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk
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.
– Robert Pearce, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate