Uber has lofty goals- literally. 6sqft previously reported on the ride-sharing company’s partnership with NASA to develop software to operate their “flying Ubers” for uberAIR by 2023. Clearly, flying Ubers need somewhere to takeoff and land, so yesterday, at their second annual elevate conference in Los Angeles, the company revealed the top six Skyport conceptual designs that are just as futuristic as the flying taxi concept itself.
A recently-released rendering of what Uber’s flying taxi, to begin testing in 2020, might look like. (Credit: Uber Technologies via AM New York).
6sqft reported recently on testing of the CityAirbus self-piloted flying taxi by Airbus. There’s already competition ahead, it seems: Uber reported Wednesday that the company is joining the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) in the development of software for managing flying taxi routes–essentially “flying Ubers.” In what represents the first formal services contract by NASA dealing with low-altitude airspace, Uber plans to begin testing proposed four-passenger, 200-miles-per-hour flying taxi services in Dallas/Fort Worth, with more testing planned for Los Angeles in 2020 in advance of the 2028 Olympics.
New Yorker Spotlight: Carter Emmart Brings Us Aboard His ‘Starship’ at the Museum of Natural History, Fri, March 6, 2015
Here in New York, we think of space is terms of square feet and how little of it we have. But for Carter Emmart, space has an entirely different meaning. In his case, it refers to a space that is harder to quantify and infinitely large.
Carter is the Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, where he focuses on creating a means to visualize the universe based on what we currently know about it. He is responsible for giving us access to stars, planets, and galaxies through the museum’s space shows in the beautiful Hayden Planetarium–like the currently running Dark Universe, overseeing the development of an interactive 3D atlas known as the Digital Universe, and running educational programs including the Digital Flight School.
We recently spoke with Carter to learn more about his role digitizing the universe and why the American Museum of Natural History can be thought of as a virtual space ship.
Your Daily Link Fix: Starchitects Wear Their Buildings as Hats; NASA Prepares for More Mars Exploration, Fri, May 30, 2014
- NASA Prepares For More Mars Exploration: Just 2 years after Curiosity touched down on the red planet’s surface, NASA is working on a way to get bigger vehicles there. FastCo. has the inside info.
- Starchitects Wearing Their Buildings: Architizer has prints from Brooklyn illustrator Paul Stuller, depicting some of the world’s most famous architects wearing their buildings as hats.
- Related to Sell High Line Penthouse for $35Mil: The 5BR/6.5BA penthouse is the building’s most expensive unit. The Real Deal has more details on the Zaha Hadid-designed building.
- Google Is Shutting Down Moto X Assembly Factory: The Texas-based factory started up just a year ago, but weak sales are causing it to close its doors. Gizmodo has more on the topic.
- What You Need to Know About Holograms: We’re captivated by them, entertained by them, and creeped out by them, sometimes simultaneously. Engadget goes deeper into the world of the controversial technology.
Images: Starchitects in Hats (left), NASA (right)