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07 February 2017, 01:17 | Candice Butler
Also Lockheed Martin, the aerospace giant and frequent government contractor has in development an autonomous flying vehicle to deliver both troops and supplies in hard to reach places.
The NASA veteran was hired following collaboration on a recent Uber white paper which detailed its exploration into vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
The app-based transportation company has hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to join its flying vehicle initiative Uber Elevate, Bloomberg reported Sunday.
Most notably, Uber said it wasn't going to build its own flying vehicle, but stood ready to "contribute to the nascent but growing VTOL ecosystem and to start to play whatever role is most helpful to accelerate this industry's development". (Though it's probably safe to say that Uber, with some $11 billion on its balance sheet, is making it worth his while.) Moore seems to be disillusioned with NASA, saying the agency is leaving promising new aviation markets to the private industry. According to report from Bloomberg, Uber recently hired a former NASA engineer named Mark Moore who has a research background into what can accurately be categorized as flying vehicle technology. With NASA's immediate future involving more partnerships with private companies, instead of government-funded projects, it's reasonable to understand why Moore moved to Uber. He will be working directly for one of the company's initiatives called Uber Elevate, according to Bloomberg, which has a main goal of utilizing unused airspace for transportation purposes. By moving to Uber, he will forgo on a big percentage of his pension.
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