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Our Story

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Today, our team is made up of more than 500 passionate engineers, experts, and leaders, all focused on bringing our pioneering vision to life. We're developing a world-class manufacturing facility in Marina, CA and have offices and workshops in Santa Cruz, San Carlos, Washington, D.C., and Munich, Germany.

But it hasn't always been like that.

2009

The Beginning

Day and night, a small team of seven engineers worked out of “The Barn,” our workshop in the mountains above Santa Cruz. We explored the frontiers of technologies like electric motors, flight software, and lithium-ion batteries — engineering almost every component from the ground up.

2012

NASA Partnership

Beginning in 2012, Joby was selected to collaborate with NASA on several groundbreaking electric flight projects, including the X-57 and LEAPTech.

2015

Subscale Prototype

Our first subscale prototype flew for the first time in 2015.

2017

Full-Scale Prototype

Our first full-scale prototype first took to the skies in 2017.

2019

Production Prototype

In 2019, our first production prototype began our rigorous flight testing program to support certification for commercial operations in as early as 2023.

2020

U.S. Air Force Certification

The U.S. Air Force granted its first ever eVTOL airworthiness certification to Joby Aviation as part of its Agility Prime program.

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Investors

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