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2013-10-31 16:20:38

Team's achievements celebrated at event attended by officials from Sikorsky, United Technologies Corporation, AHS International COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Maryland students from Team Gamera have unofficially set a world record of 97 seconds for the duration of a human powered helicopter flight. The announcement came at an event on Saturday, October 26 celebrating the team's accomplishments, which was attended by senior officials from...

2013-05-22 12:20:41

TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland has been chasing the Sikorsky Prize for the last five years. The prize will be presented to the first team to build a human powered helicopter that can climb 10 feet and stay airborne for 60 seconds. The University of Maryland team, also known as Team Gamera, has come within a whisper on several recent attempts. George MacARTHUR has launched a campaign to challenge the University of Maryland....

2013-05-22 08:26:16

TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The University of Maryland has been chasing the Sikorsky Prize for the last five years. The prize will be presented to the first team to build a human powered helicopter that can climb 10 feet and stay airborne for 60 seconds. The University of Maryland team, also known as Team Gamera, has come within a whisper on several recent attempts. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130522/CG16828) George MacARTHUR has launched a campaign to...

2012-08-27 02:21:39

Larger Space to Allow for Longer, Higher Flights COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following advisory is from the A. James Clark School of Engineering: WHAT: A team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students will fly a modified version of their human-powered helicopter, Gamera II, in a much larger space than in previous flight attempts. Gamera II is an improved version of Gamera I, which last year set world records for flight duration. Like Gamera I,...

2012-08-09 06:22:43

49.9-Second Flight Submitted for World Record Approval COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Aeronautic Association has certified the June 21, 2012, flight of Gamera II at 49.9 seconds, a new national record for human-powered helicopter flight duration, and submitted flight information to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale for approval as a world record. Gamera II was designed, built and piloted by students at the A. James Clark School of...

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...

2012-06-23 10:20:04

COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set an unofficial world record of 50 seconds for the duration of a human-powered helicopter flight, far surpassing their 2011 world record of 11.4 seconds with Gamera I and any unofficial flights of prior years. The time will be submitted to the National Aeronautic Association by judge Kris Maynard. The validation process will likely take a few...

2012-06-20 10:20:38

COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 20, students on the Gamera II human-powered helicopter team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set a new, unofficial flight duration record of approximately 35 seconds. If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, this new time will supersede the team's previous world record of 11.4 seconds set last July. The Gamera II team is one of at least three competing in the American...

2011-11-17 16:06:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation Aeronautique Internationale has certified that the Clark School's Gamera human-powered helicopter team set world records earlier this year for flight duration and flight duration with a female pilot. The FAI certified the 4.2-second flight of May 12, 2011, and the 11.4-second flight of July 13, 2011, which supersedes the first. Gamera was designed and built by a team of some 50 students at the Clark School,...

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...