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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...

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....

2013-07-11 12:21:07

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroVelo, a Toronto based engineering team has won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge and its $250,000 prize. On Thursday, June 13, 2013, Atlas, their human-powered helicopter, completed a record-breaking flight lasting 64 seconds and reaching a height of 3.3 metres. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO ) Conceived by Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, along with the AeroVelo team, Atlas...

2013-07-11 12:21:04

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AHS International, the world's premier professional vertical flight technical society, congratulates AeroVelo, Inc. for winning its Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition for the first time since the Society established it 33 years ago. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO ) A panel of vertical flight technical experts - the AHS International Human Powered Helicopter Competition Committee -...

2013-07-11 12:21:01

STRATFORD, Conn., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today congratulated AeroVelo Inc. in Toronto, Canada, for a flight that has won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, a feat that brings a Sikorsky-sponsored prize of $250,000. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). AHS and Sikorsky Aircraft presented the award at a special ceremony today at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario where the record-breaking flight...

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...