The era of epic manned space flight may be over, but the era of personal aircrafts may be just beginning.
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Or so believe some Americans, and some officials in Europe, who have just sunk a little over $6 million dollars into a research project on "personal aerial vehicles."
The European Commission has established a project called "MyCopter" to investigate the feasibility of such personal aircraft.
"It is now a question of when we'll get personal aerial vehicles, not if we'll get them," project leader Heinrich Buelthoff of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics tells the New Scientist. The Institute is based in Tuebingen, Germany.