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Joby chosen to provide vehicle for NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

By Brian Garrett-Glaser
Aviation Today

March 12, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Image source: NASA)

NASA brings together companies involved in emerging air transportation systems to help inform requirements and best practices for UAM operations

Seventeen companies have signed Space Act Agreements with NASA to participate in the agency’s first Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, a series of technology demonstrations meant to test the readiness of vehicles and systems intended for use in low-altitude, urban airspace.

Joby Aviation was the only company selected to provide a vehicle to fly in the initial event, termed the Grand Challenge Developmental Test (GC-DT) by NASA, set to take place later this year. GC-DT is meant as a preparatory event for the first official Grand Challenge (GC-1) event, slated for fiscal year 2022.

Five other companies — Bell, Boeing, NFT, Prodentity and Zeva — were selected to participate in the “vehicle provider information exchange,” providing the agency with information about their aircraft with the intent of participating in GC-1.

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