NASA touches down in Atlantic County, collaborates with FAA

NASA made one giant leap into South Jersey by teaming up with the Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center to collaborate on advancing drone technology, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft operating in low-altitude airspace in urban environments.

Under a multiyear agreement, NASA will use work space at the FAA’s National Aviation Research and Technology Park for advanced air mobility projects. Seven FAA employees will work alongside the space agency.

NASA’s vision for AAM is to “help emerging aviation markets to safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation … using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible,” according to its website…

The goal of the project is to transform the nation’s air traffic management system to accommodate the growing demand of new aircraft that enter the airspace.