NASA, Bell complete helicopter, APT-70 Flights

Feb 22, 2022

NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign continues to prepare for National Campaign 1 or NC-1 by conducting flight test efforts with various industry partners.

The team most recently completed flights with Bell’s APT-70 remotely piloted aircraft Dec. 14, 2021, at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone in Fort Worth, Texas, to test Bell’s Ground Based Surveillance System or GBSS. Helicopter flights with a Bell 429 were also conducted in September for this same effort. Both test efforts are an extension of NASA’s Systems Integration and Operationalization demonstrations.

Bell developed a deployable and low-cost GBSS made of 15 Echodyne radars. The goal was for NASA researchers to...

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