The Air Force Research Laboratory will introduceÂ a program forÂ private firms to demonstrate prototypesÂ of a flying vehicle in military airspace, Military.com reported Monday.
AFRL’s Agility Prime initiative seeks to encourage developersÂ interested in working with the government to test flying car platformsÂ without having to go through regulatory procedures mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Loren Thompson, a senior defense analyst with the Lexington Institute, said the effort shows how the military branch is attempting to deploy industry approaches toÂ research and development programs.
“I’ve been challenging our acquisition community to think about where our defense market has value,” said Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 winner during an prior Air Force conference.Â
NASA previously createdÂ a similarÂ initiative with the intent toÂ demonstrate air mobility systems in an urban environment. The space agency expects to commence field demonstrations via its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge in 2022.