Zipline and NASA to envision future delivery drone and AAM flight
Instant logistics and drone delivery specialist Zipline has entered a partnership with US space agency NASA to examine the future operation of UAVs and advanced air mobility (AAM) craft and services, particularly those using multiple autonomous vehicles at once.
NASA said it had officialized the tie-up through a Space Agreement Act to investigate and plan for the ways aerial activity involving delivery drones and AAM services like air taxis may function in coming years and decades. Central to that forward-looking inquiry will be m:N – the mode NASA is preparing to enable small groups of people (m) to manage larger fleets of autonomous craft (N).
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The partnership will entail direct exchanges between the agency and Zipline, with the company also joining the n:M working group of experts from business, government agencies, and academics assisting NASA on the…