Mark Moore is a man with a mission. For 32 years an aeronautical engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, he has joined Uber as engineering director for aviation, working to enable the ride-hailing giant’s vision of highly automated, electric-powered air taxis lifting passengers over congested roads. At NASA, Moore was an evangelist for distributed electric propulsion and advanced vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) concepts. He became the agency’s chief technologist for ...

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