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Human-Powered Helicopter Flight Record Smashed
2012-06-25 11:24:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com One engineer from the University of Maryland has set a new record for human-powered helicopter flight. Colin Gore, a PhD student in materials science at the University of Maryland, built the motor-less helicopter using carbon fiber. The helicopter weighs only 71 pounds, and it stretches its four arms out at about the size of a basketball court. When combining Gore's weight, the human-powered machine weighs a total of 210 pounds. The helicopter is...

2011-07-14 08:51:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 13, the students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering completed their scheduled summer flight session with a new unofficial flight duration of 12.4 seconds. If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, this new time will shatter the team's previous 4.2-second U.S. national record set in May. Between the May flights and yesterday's, the...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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