First, is the design of the craft. The team wanted to design something that had the “familiarity of a car”. But other than that, says Dr Jump, “all bets are off”. Some of the design proposals for the exterior of myCopter show a suitably futuristic looking vehicle, that would not look out of place in George Jetson’s garage. The system is a hybrid of a light aircraft and helicopter. It has three helicopter type rotors, but they are embedded within the large triangular wing that makes up the top surface of the aircraft, one on each side, and one on at the back. These embedded rotors are known as ducted fans, which can create greater thrust at higher safety, albeit with less efficiency.
The team also want to reduce the level of skill required to operate an aircraft - the goal being a “highway in the sky”, where an individual is able to fly from point to point with the ease of driving an automobile. “Imagine getting in with your iPad, and plugging it in and just telling it where to go and away you go,” says Dr Jump.
When pressed about a likely launch date, the project scientists are reluctant to commit but have no doubts that it will come to pass. “We are trying to apply rational scientific engineering approach to this problem,” says Dr Jump. “What sounds strange and wonderful today can very often become tomorrow’s reality.”
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