MyCopter, Europe's personal aircraft project

25/06/2011
Designed as a solution to meet the challenges of urban traffic, introducing a collaborative project led by European universities and institutes of technology (Liverpool, Lausanne, Zurich, Karlsruhe ...) this €4.3 million project over 4 years envisions the creation of personal flying vehicles, partly or wholly autonomous.

The SkyRider project should not, unfortunately, lead to a prototype outside the visual presented below it will be decomposed in three areas to further investigate in the fields of automation, man/machine interaction (including training phase) and finally make some researches on the socio-technological questions they raise, what will the impact of this technologies, their influence on air traffic and our society.

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‘The controlled airspace starts at 2,000ft, so there’s quite a bit of unrestricted airspace below that — which, of course, can only be used by pilots currently, but the idea is to make flying as easy as driving a car and that’s what we’re looking at.’
Prof Heinrich Bülthoff, Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen.

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According to preliminary studies the team estimates that they could design an electric vehicle with counter-rotating rotor allowing a 20km pure electric range, we can also imagine that a range extender like the one fitted to the DA36 E-Star could be an interesting option ...

Let’s hope the MyCopter project will manage to make Mr. Moller’s dream come true...


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