Boeing Suspends Work At Its Futuristic NeXt Innovation Unit
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September 17, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
Boeing is halting operations at Boeing NeXt — its 2-year-old innovation unit focused on futuristic manned and unmanned air mobility — as it cuts spending on peripheral projects.
"Our goal is to move to a full pause as swiftly as possible," Steve Nordlund, the head of St. Louis-based Boeing NeXt, wrote in an internal letter to his team Tuesday.
Boeing NeXt was launched at the Farnborough Air Show in 2018, toutedas a small, agile division that would focus on future forms of air transportation, including urban air taxis, last-mile delivery drones and supersonic aircraft.
It has been developing the broad urban air-mobility ecosystem, including the air traffic control technologies needed to manage a dense city airspace filled with autonomous drones and passenger air taxis.
The unit employs around 100 people inside Boeing, mostly in...
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