VR-HYPERSPACE is a 7th Framework Programme funded under the Aeronautics and Air Transport (AAT) workprogramme and runs from October 2011 to September 2014. It comprises of 9 partners from 6 European countries. VR‐HYPERSPACE will carry out fundamental research and development leading to a paradigm shift in relation to passenger comfort. The project adopts radical approaches using virtual and mixed reality technologies and the latest studies in neuroscience and psychology to change perception of space, and more profoundly, enable to change the very perception of oneself.

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myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Transportation Systems

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 environmental and financial costs associated with all of our current methods of transport.

The myCopter project aims to pave the way for personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) to be used by the general public. The project consortium consists of experts that can make the technology advancements necessary for a viable PATS, and a partner to assess the impact of the envisioned PATS on society. 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 technological advancements and social investigations that are necessary to move public transportation into the third dimension.

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