Aerospace is a hot market full of groundbreaking aviation and space startups. A surprising number of these companies lack plans to protect their intellectual property. History shows that’s a mistake. Graham Phero, Robert Greene Sterne and Andrew Stevens of Sterne Kessler, an intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C., explain.
Funds and pledges of funding have been pouring in from large corporations to a handful of small companies that are pioneering a proposed new mode of transportation for average people. Does the investment trend guarantee that this class of electric-powered rotorcraft will soon take off with us aboard? Aaron Karp spoke to the industry executives who should know.
Dozens of companies are designing and in some cases test-flying urban air mobility aircraft, also known as air taxis. No one can say for sure how U.S. residents will react to such aircraft whooshing overhead or easing onto the vertiports that might one day sprout up on the fringes of their neighborhoods. Jan Tegler tells us about a NASA-led campaign to find answers.
When the trend of air travelers feeling guilty about their carbon footprints first arose, it seemed to some in the U.S. that it could be a passing fad. Now it looks like flight shaming is not going away and could even begin impacting aircraft designs. Adam Hadhazy checks in with environmentalists and the aviation industry.
The space domain’s new status as a promising field for investment is shaking up long-standing relationships among governments, startups and corporations. Debra Werner chronicles the seismic shifts underway in the satellite market.
It’s a dream shared by everyone who’s ever been stuck in a traffic jam, from the bored child in the back seat to the late-to-work-again commuter: If only I could fly. That day could be coming. Keith Button spoke to experts in the urban air mobility field about how this might work.