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NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility mission researches noise

NASA reports today that several projects supporting its Advanced Air Mobility, or AAM mission, are working on different elements to help make AAM a reality. One focus area is developing design tools manufacturers can use to reduce noise impacts.

The agency’s press release reports “NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility mission is developing design tools that manufacturers can use to reduce noise impacts. The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project and Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology project work together to conduct testing with industry partners. The data NASA collects and analyses from these tests with electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) will ensure that the agency’s aircraft design tools correctly predict noise levels for these types of vehicles. With tools that predict noise correctly, manufacturers can design vehicles for quiet operation in urban and rural areas.

“The data will also help define and optimize AAM routes and low-noise flight paths for community needs and assist the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in creating policy. Lessons learned through these tests will inform the FAA’s ongoing work with operations and airspace integration.

“NASA’s vision is to map out a safe, accessible, and affordable new air transportation system alongside industry partners, community partners, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Once developed, passengers and cargo will travel on-demand in innovative, automated aircraft across town, between neighbouring cities, or to other locations typically accessed today by car.”

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