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Drones & You

Look here for updates about NASA research into making it possible for drones of all types and sizes to safely move through the sky. This includes air taxis that promise to provide new personal flight options and robot drones designed to fly in atmospheres elsewhere in the solar system — among many other related areas of research.

Artist illustration of an unmanned passenger aircraft in flight during sunrise in the city.
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Advanced Air Mobility Mission

The vast majority of the research detailed on this Drones & You page resides in NASA's Air Mobility (AAM) mission. The AAM vision is to transform our communities by bringing the movement of people and goods off the ground, on demand, and into the sky. This air transportation system of the future will include low-altitude passenger transport, cargo delivery, and public service capabilities. This includes delivering data to guide industry's development of electric air taxis and drones and to assist the Federal Aviation Administration in safely integrating these vehicles into the national airspace. This will set the stage for a flourishing industry by 2030.

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This concept graphic shows how a future AAM vehicle could aid in healthcare by carrying passengers to a hospital.
Several projects supporting NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) mission are working on different elements to help make AAM a reality. For example, AAM could be used in future healthcare operations in the form of air taxi ambulances or delivery of medical supplies. This concept graphic shows how a future AAM vehicle could aid in healthcare by carrying passengers to a hospital.

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