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NASA seeks participation in UAM working groups

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is seeking participants for its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem working groups, which it says will give stakeholders the opportunity to collaborate in discussions relating to the standards, policies, and operationalization of UAM.

NASA UAM vision
NASA is seeking broad participation from many organizations in its UAM ecosystem working groups, which will help advance the goal of enabling high-volume UAM flight operations. NASA Image

The working groups will complement other NASA and industry efforts, including the UAM Grand Challenge series. Through them, the organization aims to align on UAM terminology, challenges, barriers, and solutions; develop a NASA-curated “book of requirements” for UAM technology, systems, and operations; and support discussions of regulatory and standards development activities, among other goals.

Participants will also “receive consistent updates regarding the current state of the UAM ecosystem, allowing them to determine where they can provide the best value to their organizations and industry,” NASA says.

NASA plans to commence the UAM ecosystem working groups in March 2020 through an interactive workshop, likely in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to the initial workshop, NASA expects to host periodic working group meetings to continue to facilitate community engagement and information related to the UAM ecosystem. The meetings will function similarly to open workshops with specific topics serving to focus discussions, and will most frequently take place in a virtual environment, NASA says.

By registering through NASA’s website, interested parties will be added to the distribution list and informed of all meeting times.

“The realization of the UAM vision will be possible only through the input and contributions of multiple stakeholders, each possessing the necessary authority, expertise, and/or resources to fulfill a critical role in UAM’s development, approval, and implementation,” NASA states. “The applicable participants will become integral to the working groups, which will provide a forum for those stakeholders to comment, collaborate, and impact the overall ecosystem.”

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