November 12, 2019

Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow panel: Paul Bevilaqua

Event Date: November 12, 2019
Hosted By: AAE
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: ARMS B071
Priority: Yes
School or Program: Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Jetsons or Practical Air Taxi Service? Enabling Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing


The Jetsons' sleek, anti-gravity aerocar always has been the go-to reference for communicating the future of human air travel. Flying cars are one sci-fi idea that keeps coming back with different names. They have taken the name of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft, commonly referred to as eVTOL aircraft, this time around. With a convergence in technology developments in electric batteries, propulsion systems, autonomy and automated software, using a flying vehicle for daily commute seems much closer to reality. More than 200 design concepts have been proposed by more than 100 companies, including some aerospace giants like Boeing, Bell, Airbus and numerous newer aerospace entrants. To discuss more about this advancement, we have put together a unique panel with industry and academic expects.

Paul Bevilaqua (Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows), William Crossley (J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics), James Goppert (assistant visiting professor, AAE), Brian Dillman (associate professor, aviation technology).