Its plan is to utilize small, fixed-wing planes called vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft.
Also Lockheed Martin, the aerospace giant and frequent government contractor has in development an autonomous flying vehicle to deliver both troops and supplies in hard to reach places. Moore is taking on a new role as director of engineering for aviation at the ride-hailing company, working on the company's flying auto initiative, known as "Uber Elevate". Uber wants to use the electric-powered, short-rage flying-cars, which could take off and land vertically, to connect ground-based Uber rides.
Apparently Moore won't be constructing an actual flying auto system just yet but will instead work on addressing isolated problems specific to Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft like "noise pollution, vehicle efficiency, and limited battery life", Bloomberg notes. It was his research paper which inspired people like Larry Page (Google's founder), to launch their own flying vehicle startups like Kitty Hawk and Zee Aero in late 2016.
-After 30 years at NASA, advanced aircraft engineer Mark Moore is trading in his government job for a gig with Uber.
Most notably, Uber said it wasn't going to build its own flying vehicle, but stood ready to "contribute to the nascent but growing VTOL ecosystem and to start to play whatever role is most helpful to accelerate this industry's development".
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Moore, whose 2010 white paper focused specifically on electric VTOL concepts, chose to leave NASA for Uber because, as he told Bloomberg News, he "can't think of another company in a stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real". Moore consulted on the paper and was impressed by the company's vision and potential impact. The new initiative will be called Uber Elevate.
Bloomberg wrote that Moore left NASA at some personal expense just a year before he's eligible for retirement and therefore able to receive a larger pension and free healthcare for the rest of his life.
Moore was reportedly disenchanted with NASA because the agency is not exploring innovative aviation projects.
His move to Uber is a risky one.