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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research

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an Alta-8 unmanned aircraft system flies above NASAs Langley Research Center

Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and from NASA was needed for the Alta-8 drone to complete its test flight.

Credit: NASA

In work related to advancing self-flying capabilities for air taxis, researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line of sight with no visual observer.  The drones' software performed airspace communications, flight path management, avoidance with other vehicles, and other tasks needed to operate in an advanced air mobility environment, where drones and air taxis will routinely operate at the same time.

The drones successfully and autonomously flew around obstacles and each other during takeoff, along a planned route, and upon landing.

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