Conceptual Design Toolchain Workshop for eVTOL Aircraft


The NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT) Project has supported the development of a documented set of conceptual design tools to accurately evaluate the noise and performance of a broad range of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles ( This development effort is led by RVLT’s Conceptual Design team. The Conceptual Design team will host a 3-day, in-person workshop August 15-17, 2023, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The no-cost workshop is aimed at vehicle designers and researchers in the UAM community. Workshop attendance is limited to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; attendees must represent U.S. organizations. Before registering, please obtain approved software usage agreements (SUA) by visiting the links below:



If you already have approved SUAs for both NDARC and ANOPP2 (US release), then please proceed to register below for the workshop.

What the workshop will cover


The figure below shows the primary tools (in Boxes 1, 2, 3) that will be covered in the workshop. Some of the supporting tools will also be discussed in the context of the toolchain. Step-by-step training for executing the chain of primary tools to calculate the noise and performance of a NASA concept vehicle will be offered. Excursions on the baseline configuration will be explored. Loaner laptops with temporary access to toolchain software will be provided.

What the workshop will NOT cover

  • Rotorcraft theory
  • Details of the conceptual design process of UAM vehicles
  • Design optimization

Assumed knowledge of workshop attendees

  • Familiarity with basic rotorcraft aeromechanics definitions: collective pitch, aircraft trim, rotor wake, blade airloads, blade motion
  • Some experience with VTOL aircraft analyses and/or VTOL aircraft testing (flight, wind tunnel, etc.)


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Physical location

NASA Ames Conference Center, Building 3 – Ballroom, Moffett Field, CA 94035


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