A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade. The CASA team is one of 11 selected to work with NASA on its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. CASA will lead the design and development of weather-alerting services for the overall system. See also: UMass News Office; Phys.org
The goal of the NASA campaign is to test the capabilities and readiness of vehicles and systems that could revolutionize air mobility in and around densely populated metropolitan areas. Today, low-flying traffic consists mostly of unmanned drones operated by human controllers. But, according to industry partner Unmanned Experts Inc. CEO Keven Gambold, we are entering a new age.
“This is all about the next generation of urban transportation, mixing fleets of manned and unmanned low-flying aircraft delivering people, parcels, and pizzas across our cities,” Gambold said. “We are finally entering the age of flying cars.”
The team includes three universities and four private companies and is headed by researchers at the University of North Texas, Denton. (June 2020)