Latest Human-powered aircraft Stories

Bicycle Helicopter Pilot From Canada Wins $250,000 Prize
2013-07-14 06:52:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Canadian team has just won $250,000 for successfully defying gravity with a bicycle-powered helicopter. Though scientists had long thought the feat to be impossible, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) began offering the prize money to anyone who could lift themselves in the air using only human muscle. The prize had been unclaimed since the Igor I Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition first began in 1980, 33 years ago....

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...

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