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Orlando seeks NASA help to bring flying taxis downtown (by Alex Soderstrom)

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2021/03/19/city-of-orlando-seeks-nasa-help-to-bring-flying-ta.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=ae&utm_content=or&ana=e_or_ae&j=23276048

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s flying taxis in the future skies of downtown Orlando.

The city of Orlando plans to apply to a NASA program that will give the city input from NASA scientists and experts on how to build an air transportation system to usher people and goods across an urban area. The city council on March 22 will consider a proposal to request to be part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Research and Demonstration Program.

A collaboration with the federal space agency may lead to the future development of an air taxi system in Orlando, something city officials have envisioned in the past. The region already is positioning itself as a leader in air taxis, as Tavistock and German startup Lilium Aviation Inc. will build a 56,000-square-foot vertiport in Orlando’s Lake Nona.


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