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The Uber Elevate ecosystem
Bringing aerial ridesharing to cities relies on the collective efforts of our partners and leaders in the market.
Uber Elevate vehicle partners
Aurora Flight Sciences
Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is a leader in advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles. Aurora has test flown a full-scale eVTOL demonstrator at its Manassas, VA, headquarters in preparation for Uber Air’s launch goal.
Bell is a premier provider of vertical lift aircraft, with more than 80 years of experience. Recently Bell released the V-280 and V-247 tiltrotors, which are among the most advanced rotorcraft designs in the world. At CES 2019, the company unveiled a full-scale mockup of its eVTOL in collaboration with Uber.
EmbraerX, based in Brazil, is focused on engineering disruptive air mobility concepts. Built on a record of business, regional, and commuter jet excellence at Embraer, the firm draws from a wide range of experience and engineering capabilities. EmbraerX most recently unveiled an aircraft concept at the Uber Elevate Summit 2018.
Karem Aircraft, based in Orange County, CA, is a developer and manufacturer of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Over the past 15 years, Karem developed Optimum Speed Tiltrotor (OSTR) technology, which combines the speed of fixed-wing airplanes with the hover capability of helicopters. Its eVTOL solution, Butterfly, uses Karem’s OSTR for efficiency in all phases of flight. It is currently flight-testing sub-scale aircraft in preparation for full-scale demonstrations.
Pipistrel Vertical Solutions
Pipistrel Vertical Solutions is the first aircraft manufacturer to certify an all-electric aircraft, the Alpha Electro. Based in Slovenia, Pipistrel’s experience in electric aircraft dates to 2011, when it won NASA’s Green Flight Challenge with its Taurus G4 aircraft. The team is taking its all-electric learnings to develop an eVTOL with a differentiated, low-noise propulsion system, first teased at the Uber Elevate Summit 2018.
Uber Elevate ecosystem partners
Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of unmanned traffic management (UTM) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to enable safe and efficient operations at low altitudes. In 2020, NASA will host an urban aerial mobility (UAM) NASA UAM Grand Challenge for participants to execute system-level safety and integration scenarios within a robust and relevant environment.
The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) of the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is the Army's corporate, or central, laboratory. ARL is working with Uber to analyze and design stacked co-rotating propellers.
Applied Scientific Research
Applied Scientific Research is a consulting firm specializing in advanced computational and algorithm development. It has worked with Uber Elevate to mature viscous vortex particle methods for eVTOL conceptual design.
ChargePoint boasts one of the world’s largest and most open EV-charging networks. It is working with Uber to develop a charging solution compatible across multiple Uber modalities. ChargePoint first unveiled its 2MW charge connector at the Uber Elevate Summit 2018.
ESAero provides concept development, aircraft modifications, sub-scale technology demonstrators, and niche engineering support to the engineering industry. Using experience gathered from work on NASA’s X-57 distributed electric propulsion demonstrator, ESAero has provided electric aircraft integration feedback for the Uber team.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech is working with Uber Elevate to conduct system safety analyses and urban air mobility market studies.
Hillwood, a leading commercial and residential real estate developer in the US, is partnering with Uber Elevate in developing Skyports across North Texas, most prominently as part of its Frisco Station development.
LaunchPoint Technologies specializes in advanced electric power and propulsion systems for UAVs and other unmanned systems. LaunchPoint is working with Uber Elevate to develop, fabricate, and test advanced electric motors and controllers.
M4 Engineering is a collective of aerospace and structural engineers who provide crisis and preventive engineering analysis, research, and development consultation. M4 has worked with Uber Elevate on structural analyses of eVTOL concepts.
E-One Moli Energy Corp. is a global lithium-ion battery developer and manufacturer. E-One Moli is collaborating with Uber Elevate to produce lithium-ion battery packs for vehicles
UT Austin is collaborating with Uber Elevate on the fabrication, characterization, and testing of stacked co-rotating propellers. UT’s team is in the process of developing a test rig for performance and acoustic tests in the second half of 2019.