NASA has announced that it will be conducting a crash test of an urban air mobility passenger vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research Facility (LandIR) in Hampton, Virginia today.

The vehicle will be made of advanced composite materials comparable to those used in many of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft currently in development.

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This crash test will provide researchers with crucial data on aircraft safety and emergencies by using test dummies to evaluate crash response and the likelihood of injury.

This data can then be used to develop aircraft crash safety for future passengers and cargo ahead of urban air mobility vehicles entering commercial service.

A pre-mission brief will be held at 10am on the purpose and expectations of the test. The crash test will then take place between 1pm and 2pm.


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