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When air taxis begin shuttling us around, the rides they offer will need to be safe and smooth. These small electric aircraft will be nimble enough to operate in cities, but sudden gusts of wind could cause a turbulent flight.

To nip that unstable motion in the bud, NASA is researching a system that could actively suppress it, with the help of high-performance computer simulations. The computations needed to evaluate the conceptual system for active air taxi stabilization required the capabilities of the Pleiades supercomputer at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility.