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myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Vehicles

myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Vehicles
Project team:

Decker, Michael (Project leader); Torsten Fleischer; Sarah Meyer-Soylu; Jens Schippl


Commission of the European Communities

Start date:


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Project partners:

Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik (Tübingen, Germany), The University of Liverpool (Liverpool, United Kingdom), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Zürich, Switzerland), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Karlsruhe, Germany), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Braunschweig, Germany)

Research area:

Innovation processes and impacts of technology

Project description

The overarching goal of the project myCopter is to avoid the typical problems associated with ground-based transportation by using the third dimension, combining the best of ground-based and air-based transportation. The solution pursued in myCopter is the creation of a personal air transport system (PATS) that can overcome the environmental and financial costs associated with current methods of transport. To enable this PATS Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) are envisioned for travelling between homes and workplaces and should be flying at low altitude in urban environments. Such PAVs should be fully or partially autonomous without requiring ground-based air traffic control and operate outside controlled airspace.

Launched in January 2011, the project "myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Vehicles" is funded by the European Commission in the Seventh Framework Programme for Aeronautics and Air Transport and coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Kybernetics. The consortium will be mainly dealing with technology advancements necessary for a viable PATS like new automation technologies for obstacle avoidance, path planning and formation flying. ITAS will accompany the development, assess the potential impacts on socio-economic and ecological factors, and focus empirically on the perception and expectations of potential users. In doing so, technology assessment is carried out at an early stage of the project and thus able to influence the development of technologies and innovations right from the start.

Project homepage: http://www.mycopter.eu



Prof. Dr. Michael Decker
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608-23007