EU project looks to the future of personal air transport
By Bridget Borgobello 11:28 June 30, 2011 22 Comments 10 Pictures
An envisioned Personal Aerial Vehicle illustrates what our city skies could soon look like (Image by Gareth Padfield, Flight Stability and Control) Image Gallery (10 images) 'Safety equipments' india - www.safetyequipments.co.in supplier of industrial safety equipments, Road safety equipments Ads by Google A European Union project known as myCopter has set aside funds of ¼4.2 million (US$6.2m) to investigate the possibility of introducing Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) into the skyways of many congested European cities. This coming age of the "flying car" where vehicles leave the roads and launch into the skies promises to solve problems like dramatically rising urban traffic congestion, but it also throws up some formidable challenges - it's these challenges that the myCopter project aims to address.
Germany. "Therefore it could be highly likely that no-flight zones that PAVs simply could not fly in will be designed. taking-off and parking. the new traffic system hopes to operate outside of controlled airspace. security and town planning for landing. told Gizmag. By flying below 2000 feet. Bülthoff. "Security issues are an important topic that requires extensive attention when the vision of the myCopter project becomes reality. Whilst the concept sounds very appealing. The myCopter project envisions that the PAVs and PATS (personal air transport systems) would initially be used to fly at low altitudes for domestic travel between homes and working places. but we foresee that automation will play a big and important role in the entire transportation system. without ground-based traffic control and without impacting on existing air traffic." explains Dr.y
"We aim to develop technologies that could be used to form a new transportation system for personal travel that uses the third dimension. considerable hurdles remain to be tackled involving aerospace legislation. because the automation that is onboard will not allow the vehicle to be directed towards these zones."
. and which takes into account questions surrounding the expectations of potential users and how the public would react to and interact with such a system." Prof Heinrich Bülthoff of the Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen.
even though a diesel generator is currently still required to charge the batteries for sustained flight.Another attraction of the myCopter project is its potential to reduce greenhouse emissions by facilitating travel that is more direct between departure and arrival points. path planning and formation flying. future air vehicles could become completely electric. Due to the fact that the average myCopter scenario would cover shorter distances (under 100 km / 62 miles) and transport 1-2 passengers. Bülthoff. Source: myCopter via TheEngineer.
. including obstacle avoidance." added Dr. "Already now there are technology demonstrators such as the eCO2Avia from EADS that show that electrically powered vertical flight is possible. myCopter plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to demonstrate the automation technologies it has developed.