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The Future of Vertical Lift 18th Annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Lecture

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The 1998 Alexander A. Nikolsky Lecture is a challenging to the vertical flight industry to develop flight systems for personal use. The argument is offered that the relevant technology and infrastructure seminautomatic avd automatic flight of vertical lift aircraft is either available today or is currently under development. The remaining issue appears to be that of gaining sufficient individual aircraft and system reliability to meet a public standard of asfety at an affordable cost. Vehicle cost will be affordable when the market requires mass production. The market will exist when the industry Demonstrates quiet, reliable vertical‐flight vehicles as a less costly and time cinsuming alternative to the current congested short‐haul air‐transport system.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia

Publication date: 1999-07-01

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