By Ami Cholia
Posting in Aerospace
The European Union is investing $6.2 million in a project named myCopter to research the potential of Personal Aerial Vehicles -- PAVs -- for Europe's most crowded cities.
Flying cars may be part of your reality sooner than you think. Through a project named myCopter, the European Union is investing €4.2 million (US$6.2m) to research the potential of Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) for Europe's most crowded cities. The idea is for myCopter to attempt to solve the numerous problems that could potentially arise from futuristic flying cars.
To avoid interfering with commercial airliners (and to operate outside the controlled airspace), myCopter predicts that the personal air transport systems would fly at altitudes around 2000 feet. However, several steps still need to be taken to deal with existing aerospace legislation, security and parking and landing space.
"Security issues are an important topic that requires extensive attention when the vision of the myCopter project becomes reality, but we foresee that automation will play a big and important role in the entire transportation system," explains Dr. Bülthoff. "Therefore it could be highly likely that no-flight zones that PAVs simply could not fly in will be designed, because the automation that is onboard will not allow the vehicle to be directed towards these zones."
myCopter is also likely to reduce greenhouse emissions in the long run because the flight path is more direct making trips more efficient. Researchers on the project estimate that trips will be shorter than 62 miles in length -- allowing the vehicles to go entirely electric.
"Already now there are technology demonstrators such as the eCO2Avia from EADS that show that electrically powered vertical flight is possible, even though a diesel generator is currently still required to charge the batteries for sustained flight," added Dr. Bülthoff.
This sounds like an episode from the Jetsons, but we'll take it!
Jul 11, 2011
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Flying cars, a Jetsons family dream. There's a better chance of developing a real Transporter (read Star Trek) than making flying cars a reality. Back to the future via Popular Science Magazine! LoL
Oh no ! Another kiddies' dream toy. the cost to make, upkeep, fuel, overhaul, etc....why not just build intercity bullet trains that can seat more and easier contol ? all the know- hows are already here. yeah ! I don't want to see one of those flying object dropping on my head...."due to 'mechanical failure' " Japan , China , S. Korea are doing it now with fast and efficient bullet trains.
many years (40+/-) ago developed a one man jet or rocket helicopter that would have made a nifty commuter vehicle. (Hiller Hornet?) About the size of a VW Bug or smaller. Light and efficient. But it never went on the market as far as I know. I always wondered why. It would be very sensitive to weather, for one thing. It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper than the subject vehicle.
You need gravity control. The Canadian invention, scorned by it's top Science Group, the NRC as well as Nasa, as it would make the rocket industry obsolete. Look at One Terminal Capacitor.
...which already makes flying in Europe an expensive and Byzantine affair of control and fee collection mechanisms. The EU never rationalized their air traffic control systems. Until the political issues of how these things will be managed is resolved, I wouldn't get too excited. Meanwhile here in America, the President has made general aviation his whipping boy of choice as part of his class warfare agenda, which will be replacing "hope and change" this election cycle. I don't see the point in government investing in something that the Administration seeks to demonize.
to which these crowded cities are subject, they will no doubt go a long way towards reducing the population problem itself. My only problem is that a lot of the people who will be eliminated when these things start crashing are the ones on the ground - but hey ! - collateral damage.... Henri
Yep, we eliminate the gasoline to power the thing; a couple of hundred pounds or maybe we will need a small gasoling engine on board to keep the batteries charged (so that the blasted thing doesn't crash on my house. Yep, we eliminate the weight of the engine; about 800 pounds in favor for a 1500 pounds of batteries needed to sustain flight. Yep, we wliminate the weight of the metal for the car body in favor of a carbon fiber frame. Seems to be very close to a wash when it comes to any energy savings; oh did I mention that the first cars would be astonomically priced.. on your salary try and buy a hydrogen car today.. I know that it sounds a bit futuristic but we need to get away from wheels, and spinny things that provide lift. These things waste energy. Now if the transportation vehicle was weightless, and the energy source used to propel the vehicle was direct instead of indirect, ie more motion with very little energy used... sigh...
There is no way these vehicles can be environmentally friendly. The power to lift them and maintain height will be vastly greater than the consumption any surface vehicle of similar capacity. Gork platter has the other excellent reasons for not pursuing this development.
We still have commercial planes flying by radio beacons developed over 50 years ago. Even they cannot fly a straight line between cities at 25,000 feet. The FAA???s best estimate is to have all commercial planes converted to GPS based navigation by 2020. Even then air traffic between a handful of major airports would be allowed to use of them. Flying hundreds or thousands of these craft over a city like LA or New York is decades away. Until air traffic management issues are resolved these machines would likely be relegated to replacing police helicopters in urban areas and for military uses.
As much as I love, love, love flight and modern technology, that design gives me all the willies that the Osprey gave me when I saw it hovering as an experimental aircraft in the air field behind my office at NASA Ames back in 1989-1990. Especially the thought of having them swarming over our cities piloted by normal citizens.