MYCOPTER

Enabling Technologies for Personal Air Transport Systems

 Coordinatore MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V. 

 Organization address address: Hofgartenstrasse 8
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80539

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Patrice
Cognome: Wegener
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 7071 601 1791
Fax: +49 7071 601 1793

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Germany [DE]
 Totale costo 4˙496˙419 €
 EC contributo 3˙424˙534 €
 Programma FP7-TRANSPORT
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Transport (including Aeronautics)
 Code Call FP7-AAT-2010-RTD-1
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-01-01   -   2014-12-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

 Organization address address: Hofgartenstrasse 8
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80539

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Patrice
Cognome: Wegener
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 7071 601 1791
Fax: +49 7071 601 1793

DE (MUENCHEN) coordinator 717˙147.00
2    ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

 Organization address address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
city: LAUSANNE
postcode: 1015

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Martin
Cognome: Rajman
Email: send email
Telefono: +41 21 693 6678
Fax: +41 21 693 7575

CH (LAUSANNE) participant 811˙197.00
3    DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

 Organization address address: Linder Hoehe
city: KOELN
postcode: 51147

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Marc
Cognome: Höfinger
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 531 295 3249
Fax: +49 531 295 2641

DE (KOELN) participant 498˙344.00
4    EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH

 Organization address address: Raemistrasse 101
city: ZUERICH
postcode: 8092

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Cornelia
Cognome: Della Casa
Email: send email
Telefono: +41 44 632 39 72
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81

CH (ZUERICH) participant 486˙000.00
5    Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie

 Organization address address: Kaiserstrasse 12
city: Karlsruhe
postcode: 76131

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Natascha
Cognome: Wallburg
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 7247 825414
Fax: +49 7247 825403

DE (Karlsruhe) participant 460˙112.00
6    THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

 Organization address address: Brownlow Hill, Foundation Building 765
city: LIVERPOOL
postcode: L69 7ZX

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Veronica
Cognome: Shaw
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 151 794 8722
Fax: +44 151 794 8728

UK (LIVERPOOL) participant 451˙734.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Considering the prevailing congestion problems with ground-based transportation and the anticipated growth of traffic in the coming decades, a major challenge is to find solutions that combine the best of ground-based and air-based transportation. The optimal solution would consist in creating a personal air transport system (PATS) that can overcome the problems associated with all of our current methods of transportation.

We propose an integrated approach to enable the first viable PATS based on Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) envisioned for travelling between homes and working places, and for flying at low altitude in urban environments. Such PAVs should be fully or partially autonomous without requiring ground-based air traffic control. Furthermore, they should operate outside controlled airspace while current air traffic remains unchanged, and should later easily be integrated into the next generation of controlled airspace.

The myCopter project aims to pave the way for PAVs to be used by the general public within the context of such a transport system. Our consortium consists of experts on socio-technological evaluation to assess the impact of the envisioned PATS on society, and of partners that can make the technology advancements necessary for a viable PATS. To this end, test models of handling dynamics for potential PAVs will be designed and implemented on unmanned aerial vehicles, motion simulators, and a manned helicopter. In addition, an investigation into the human capability of flying a PAV will be conducted, resulting in a user-centred design of a suitable human-machine interface (HMI). Furthermore, the project will introduce new automation technologies for obstacle avoidance, path planning and formation flying, which also have excellent potential for other aerospace applications. This project is a unique integration of social investigations and technological advancements that are necessary to move public transportation into the third dimension.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

A transportation system based on personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) may slowly but surely be moving from the realm of science fiction to reality. Recent technological developments are laying the basis for this once far-fetched scenario.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Science fiction has always portrayed a future with skies that are full of PAVs. This vision is now closer to reality than ever before, thanks to the EU-funded project 'Enabling technologies for personal air transport systems' (http://www.mycopter.eu (MYCOPTER)).

Envisioning a personal flying vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capabilities, the project is investigating the required automation technologies and human-machine interfaces, without losing track of the socio-economic impact of such developments.

A personal aerial transportation system (PATS) could alleviate the increasing congestion problems on the ground, which would result in time savings, more productivity, less frustration and enhanced flexibility in urban planning. But before such a system can deliver on these promises, various technological and societal challenges need to be resolved.

Key to the success of a PATS are automation technologies. Autonomous flight in urban environments where accurate GPS-based localisation cannot be guaranteed, collision-free autonomous navigation, and automatic landing place selection are prime examples of challenges that MYCOPTER is tackling.

At the same time, interactions between a pilot and the PAV are of crucial importance. Intuitive human-machine interfaces are required to make flying as easy as driving a car. Conventional vehicles are not suitable for this purpose, and MYCOPTER is investigating how vehicle responses should be augmented and how pilots can be trained. New flight control devices such as a steering wheel and pedals, or force-feedback sidesticks are considered suitable for pilots with limited flight experience. These new concepts have been integrated into various simulators and tested in flight scenarios.

But a PATS will of course never become a reality if it is not accepted by society. The MYCOPTER project is performing explorative investigations into the socio-technological prerequisites and implications of a personal aerial transportation system. Four focus group interviews performed in different European countries are shedding light on social expectations towards such a system and its potential role for future mobility.

While various challenges still need to be resolved before PAVs can take off, the groundwork is now in place for advancing this technology. Once exploited it is set to alleviate urban traffic, save time and fuel, and improve the quality of life for EU citizens.

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