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MYCOPTER: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONAL AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEMS – AN EARLY PROGRESS REPORT

Jump, Mike and Perfect, P. and Padfield, Gareth and White, M.D. and Floreano, D. and Fua, P. and Zufferey , J.-C. and Schill, F. and Siegwart, R. and Bouabdallah, S. and Decker, M. and Schippl, J. and Mayer, S. and Höfinger, Marc and Nieuwenhuizen , F. M. and Bülthoff, H. H. (2011) MYCOPTER: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONAL AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEMS – AN EARLY PROGRESS REPORT. 37. European Rotorcraft Forum, 13.-15. September 2011, Vergiate, Italien.

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Abstract

This paper describes the European Commission (EC) Framework 7 funded project myCopter (2011-2014). The project is still at an early stage so the paper starts with the current transportation issues faced by developed countries and describes a means to solve them through the use of personal aerial transportation. The concept of personal air vehicles (PAV) is briefly reviewed and how this project intends to tackle the problem from a different perspective described. It is argued that the key reason that many PAV concepts have failed is because the operational infrastructure and socio-economic issues have not been properly addressed; rather, the start point has been the design of the vehicle itself. Some of the key aspects that would make a personal aerial transport system (PATS) viable include the required infrastructure and associated technologies, the skill levels and machine interfaces needed by the occupant or pilot and the views of society as a whole on the acceptability of such a proposition. The myCopter project will use these areas to explore the viability of PAVs within a PATS. The paper reports upon the early progress made within the project. An initial reference set of PAV requirements has been collated. A non-physical flight simulation model capable of providing a wide range of handling qualities characteristics has been developed and its function has undergone limited verification. Results from this exercise show that the model behaves as intended and that it can deliver a predictable range of vehicle dynamics. The future direction of the themes of work described within the paper are then described.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/70270/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:MYCOPTER: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERSONAL AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEMS – AN EARLY PROGRESS REPORT
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Jump, MikeUniversity of LiverpoolUNSPECIFIED
Perfect, P.University of LiverpoolUNSPECIFIED
Padfield, GarethUniversity of LiverpoolUNSPECIFIED
White, M.D.University of LiverpoolUNSPECIFIED
Floreano, D.EPF LausanneUNSPECIFIED
Fua, P.EPF LausanneUNSPECIFIED
Zufferey , J.-C.EPF LausanneUNSPECIFIED
Schill, F.EPF LausanneUNSPECIFIED
Siegwart, R.ETH ZürichUNSPECIFIED
Bouabdallah, S.ETH ZürichUNSPECIFIED
Decker, M.KITUNSPECIFIED
Schippl, J.KITUNSPECIFIED
Mayer, S.KITUNSPECIFIED
Höfinger, MarcDLR FTUNSPECIFIED
Nieuwenhuizen , F. M.MPIUNSPECIFIED
Bülthoff, H. H.MPIUNSPECIFIED
Date:14 September 2011
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Personal Air Vehicle, PAV, Handling Qualitzies, Training, Flight Simulation
Event Title:37. European Rotorcraft Forum
Event Location:Vergiate, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-15. September 2011
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Rotorcraft (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Höfinger, Marc
Deposited On:21 Sep 2011 15:57
Last Modified:21 Sep 2011 15:57

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