The myCopter consortium consists of highly renowned experts in Europe from several fields: aerospace engineering and training, psychophysics, robotics, automation, and technology assessment. For the project activities, the consortium will make use of several simulators and test aerial vehicles: three ground-based simulators, small-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and a full-scale manned helicopter, the DLR Flying Helicopter Simulator. These research assets represent flexible systems that have been successfully used to make progress in modelling the dynamics of aircrafts, pilot training, human-machine interface design, and automation algorithms.
The practical connection between all partners will make the scientific advancements all the more impactful: handling qualities, human-machine interface design and automation can be integrated into all simulators and UAVs, and can then be tested from the perspectives of each of our scientific backgrounds. Most importantly, the scientific and technical advancements will also be considered from a social-technological perspective with interviews of both experts and novices in order to best inform the project.