Uber Hires Former NASA Engineer Mark Moore to Lead Flying Car Project

Automotive - Pavan Pandey - Feb 09,2017

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uber hires former nasa engineer mark moore to lead flying car project

Just four months after officially entering in the flying car revolution, Uber Technologies Inc. has added a big name to organize company’s innovative plans.

According to Uber Technologies Inc., Mr. Mark Moore, a 30-year veteran of NASA, is leaving the government agency to take on company’s director of engineering for the aviation project. Mr. Moore’s main role is to improve the San Francisco-based company’s flying car plan coined as Uber Elevate.

Mr. Moore stated that he can’t think of another company in a stronger spot to be the frontrunner for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) market real. In 2010, Mr. Moore published a white paper on VTOL vehicles.

Mark Moore was hired by the chief executive officer of Uber, Travis Kalanick, after remarking on company’s recent published white paper outlining the initiative.

Uber’s idea for “on-demand aviation” includes fleets of small vehicles that can take off and land vertically, are electrically powered, and have the range of between 50 and 100 miles on single charge.

Uber is not the first company to test with flying car technologies. In October 2016, Google Inc. invested £70 million on developing a flying car, with chief executive officer Larry Page flying a prototype over the airstrip at an airport in California, US.

Uber Technologies won't actually be making these vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, or VTOL, gizmos. The ride-hailing service plans to team up with other corporations leading the charge in the flying vehicle industry.

The head of product for advanced programs at Uber, Nikheil Goel, wrote in a statement, Uber continues to see its part as a catalyst to the growing Vertical Takeoff and Landing ecosystem. He further added that the company is excited to have (Mark Moore) join Uber to work with corporations and shareholders as the company continues to explore the use case described in published white paper.