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Archer Aviation and NASA joined hands for a mission

Archer Aviation NASA
The Silicon Review
01 Febuary, 2024

Archer Aviation and NASA joined forces for mission-critical eVTOL aircraft technologies

Archer Aviation, a leading Santa Clara-based developer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility, has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA. This collaboration is part of a broader partnership aimed at advancing battery cell safety and systems for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and space applications. Initially, Archer and NASA will jointly investigate high-performance battery cells, conducting safety tests on cells and systems. The primary focus is to assess Archer's battery system designs for its Midnight aircraft, with the intent of sharing specific findings to propel advancements across the entire AAM industry. Expressing pride in the partnership, Archer's Founder and CEO, Adam Goldstein, highlighted NASA's three-decade-long leadership in the eVTOL industry.

The collaboration addresses the challenge posed by other countries in the evolving field of flight, emphasizing the importance of joint efforts between the government and industry to secure and enhance U.S. aerospace leadership. The collaborative efforts will involve extensive testing of battery cells' safety, energy, and power performance capabilities. To gain insights into cell functioning during extreme abuse scenarios, NASA and Archer will leverage the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); one of the world's most advanced high-speed X-ray facilities. The overarching goal is to pioneer advancements in aviation technology and secure continued U.S. leadership in the global aerospace arena, with benefits extending to all Americans.