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    It's difficult to build a working four-rotor helicopter that spans 100 feet and only weighs 80 pounds. It's even harder when your engine is a 0.7-horsepower person. But one team of engineering students is trying to do just that.
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  • Human Powered Helicopter Ground Tests

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    Human Powered Helicopter Project Ground Tests

    This is a short video summary of the work done at Middle Georgia State University from 2011-2013. The total cost of all of the work and prototypes show was only $7,500.

    This Project concluded in 2013 without the final design being constructed and tested due to a lack of funding from the University after the conclusion of the Sikorsky Competition.

    The development of the optimized rotor blades are in the process of being implemented on a electric ultralight helicopter as of 2019

  • Duo creates human-powered helicopter

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    Engineers Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson are achieving human-powered flight and other seemingly unreachable goals.

  • 9 Unbelievable Human Powered Machines

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    Humans are capable of some extreme feats, but we can do so much more when we’re giving a little mechanical boost from these 9 unbelievable human powered machines.

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  • See first successful flight of a human-powered helicopter

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    A team from the University of Toronto has won $250,000 for the first successful launch of a human-powered aircraft. More from CNN at

  • Kit Buchanan Human powered aircraft record triangle flight Icarus Cup Lasham 2019

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    Kit saved the best for last with this flight, it’s believed to be the longest (both duration and distance) UK flight by a British pilot in a Human Powered aircraft. The flight is also thought to be the first around a 350 meter triangle in the UK. This flight clinched the 2019 Icarus Cup prize for Kit. Kit’s a keen amateur cyclist and an experienced glider pilot, he’s been involved in building and flying HPA since he was a student.
     
    The Icarus Cup is an annual event held by the British Human Powered Flying Club, this years event was kindly hosted by Lasham Gliding Club, the birthplace of human powered flight. Kits flight took off only yards from where Derick Piggott made the official flight in a HPA back in 1961.
     
     
    Aircraft...........Aerocycle 301, wingspan 24m, weight 39.9kg
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  • 10 Unbelievable Human Powered Machines

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    We’ve climbed the highest mountains, crossed oceans, and built the tallest buildings. There’s no denying that humans have achieved some pretty impressive things in their time. Now we’re taking our very bodies and using them to run these 10 Unbelievable Human Powered Machines.

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    Progettato e realizzato da Fabbro Luigi (classe 1927). Restauro elicottero Olinto Molino, riprese Roberto Silvestri

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    This is a 1989 attempt at the Sikorsky Prize for human-powered helicopter flight. The footage was taken in the Main Gym at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

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    Designed and built in just weeks, Jem attempts to pedal his homemade plane into the sky for the first time.
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    Finding success in science requires smarts, determination, and sometimes a bit of luck. NPR's Skunk Bear, created the Golden Mole Award For Accidental Brilliance to celebrate that last part. Check out the top nominees' stories and see the winner announced.
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  • UMD Gamera Human Powered Helicopter Promo

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    Promo video for the first University of Maryland's Human Powered Helicopter, the Gamera, which ended up flying in the summer of 2011.

    WE FLEW!! Here's a link to the University of Maryland video of the record-setting flight:

    WE FLEW... AGAIN! We came back a few months later in July 2011 and flew for 11.4 seconds, certified as a world record for class I-E by the NAA and the FAI. Both flights can be viewed here:


    Flights of the improved 2012 Gamera II can be view on our youtube page and here:
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    Correction to vehicle weight: This video was made in late 2010 when the vehicle was not fully completed. May 6th 2011 the vehicle was fully assembled for the first time and the weight is down from the 140 lbs quoted in the video to an amazing 105lbs! That's careful design, planning, and testing at work.

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  • Human Powered Flight 50th anniversary at Lasham

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    The Royal Aeronautical Society organised commemorative flights at Lasham Airfield to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first proven unassisted flight of a human powered aircraft. Derek Piggott flew the original flight in the aircraft SUMPAC built by Southampton University students. The commemorative flights were made by pilots Bill Brooks and Robin Kraike in the aircraft Airglow which was built by John McIntyre and refurbished by Bill Brooks and his team.

  • Human powered helicopter one

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  • Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter - AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

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    On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. Visit for more details.

    The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal. This video is a compilation of footage from the record flight, as well as previous test flights. For uncut videos and official documentation of the record flight visit and the AeroVelo YouTube Channel.

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  • This human powered helicopter is bigger than a #Boeing 737

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    The #Atlas #helicopter was designed by #Aerovelo a group made up of engineering students and young professionals. They push the limits of what humans are capable of doing. It has flown for 64 seconds and hovered to an altitude of 9.8 feet. Learn more at aerovelo.com

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  • AeroVelo Wins the 33-Year Old AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition

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    For the first time in a third of century, a team has claimed the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition prize. AHS International and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today awarded the $250,000 prize to AeroVelo, Inc.

    The Toronto, Canada-based company won the prize with a June 13, 2013 flight in which its pilot pedaled the four-rotor Atlas helicopter to an altitude of more than 3 meters (9.8 feet) and kept it aloft for more than 60 seconds while remaining within 10 meters (32.8 feet) of the takeoff point. The altitude, duration and controllability were key requirements of the AHS Sikorsky Prize, which AHS established in 1980. Sikorsky Aircraft provided the prize money.

    It took AeroVelo's fresh ideas, daring engineering approach and relentless pursuit of innovation -- coupled with more than three decades of advances in structures, composites, computer-aided design and aeromechanical theory -- to succeed in achieving what many in vertical flight considered impossible, AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg said during the award ceremony at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, where the winning flight took place.

  • Historic Flight

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    Witness aviation history being made by UMD engineers – the first successful flight of an entirely solar-powered helicopter. #UMDdiscovers

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  • Human Powered Vending Machine

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    Bring your legs, not your quarters.

  • Atlas: Moving up to Tottenham

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    The first of a series of short clips from the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter Project. On May 7th the team moved up to our workspace in Tottenham, Ontario, to begin construction. We'll be building the helicopter in an old barn at Great Lakes Gliding Club.

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  • Todd Power Test

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    Todd Reichert, performing a one-minute flight-simulation test and a zone check power test at the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Ottawa. Todd is the pilot for the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, a helicopter designed to capture the famed Sikorsky Prize by achieving an altitude of 3 metres and sustaining flight for 1 minute.

    Todd has been working with the Peak Centre since 2010 for physiological testing and training program development. The first test in the video is a baseline test where blood lactate is measured at three minute intervals as the power is slowly increased. The test is used to determine aerobic threshold, anaerobic threshold, and to develop appropriate training zones for the next round of training. The one-minute power test is meant to simulate the flight of the Atlas helicopter, which starts at a relatively high power during the climb and then drops down to a more reasonable 500-600 Watt range for the remainder of the flight.

    The test were performed on October 5th and 6th, 2012, following an intense taper, weight loss program and peak at the end of August, and then a 2 week recovery phase. The results were lower than Todd's personal best (1 minute into the 460 Watt stage, and 773 Watt average for the minute power test), but as expected given the training phase.

  • Gamera II HPH Altitude Record 8 ft 8/28/2012

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    Team Gamera is back and flight testing their modified version of Gamera II Human Powered Helicopter at the PG Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD.

    With new pilot and incoming UMD Freshman Henry Enerson in the cockpit, a maximum altitude test flight was attempted. Needless to say we were not quite expecting what happened next. Henry smoothly pedaled Gamera up to just over 8 feet (2.5 meters) altitude and had a controlled descent for a flight time of about 25 seconds. This is not an official record but is certainly the highest a human powered helicopter has ever reached.

    Our goals are to continue flight testing to achieve a 3 meter (9.8 ft) altitude as part of the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition ('The Sikorsky Prize'). Stay tuned to this YouTube channel as more historic flights are achieved and posted!

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  • First Person: Building a Human Helicopter

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    University of Maryland students believe they have captured a world record for a human-powered helicopter flight with a woman pilot. (May 13)

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    More informaiton on the wing prop and transmission. If I can find the rest of the videos I will post them. There is a lot more to this craft than just the 8 videos I have posted.The rider sits on a graphite bike that weighs less than a running shoe, and a unique drive system delivers the energy of the rider to the prop and also powers the tail rotor to keep from counter rotating in a circle. It has controls that mimic a real helicopter, safety landing struts that are deployed once you take off, and the tranmission box is mounted on a gyroscope structure that keeps the craft from tipping over or spinning into the ground. When I have time from my writing fiction I will work on it some more.

  • Video Assignment #6 - Gamera Human Powered Helicopter.mp4

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    University of Maryland, College Park Ph.D. student William Staruk talks about the Gamera human powered helicopter that recently set the record for longest flight for a human powered helicopter on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

    (This video was created for a graduate level multimedia class at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism.)

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    Feast your eyes on icy volcanoes, ethane lakes, and ripples in Saturn's rings - all courtesy of a doomed space probe named Cassini.
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  • Human powered helicopter flies into aviation history

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    A team from Toronto has won the long-coveted Sikorsky prize by using human power alone to fly an aircraft. The team, called AreroVelo Inc., achieved the feat on June........

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  • First Person: Building a Human Helicopter

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    University of Maryland students believe they have captured a world record for a human-powered helicopter flight with a woman pilot. (May 13)

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  • Helicopter Powered by Man on Bicycle Wins $250,000 Prize

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    Human-powered helicopter wins $250,000 prize. AKA the human helicopter.

  • University of Maryland students believe they have captured a world record for a human-powered helico

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    HEADLINE: First Person: Building a human helicopter
    CAPTION: University of Maryland students believe they have captured a world record for a human-powered helicopter flight with a woman pilot. (May 13)
    about 3 years ago in the middle of 2008 a number of faculty were having lunch over in aerospace engineering. we started talking about our oral exams and we started thinking about problems to challenge our students that are a little bit out of the box. and so one of the exam questions a faculty members came up with was could a human being, essentially with their own power density be able to power a helicopter and get off the ground?
    we got inspired by the 1980 prize that was put forth by the american helicopter society that essentially challenged anyone out there to build a human powered helicopter that can get off the ground.
    There was a flyer on the door of the biology building, and I saw they were asking for a lightweight, athletic people interested in cycling and piloting this helicopter and I said that's me. And so I sent off an email I did some tests and I've been training for the past six months now.
    there are hand cranks and foot pedals. so in addition to pedaling with my feet as I would on a recumbent bike, I'm also pedaling with the hands.
    we just simply want to demonstrate that we can do something that has never been done before. That's whats inspiring these students here today.
    we're looking for all 5 components to be off the surface simultaneously. and then we start the clock when we see that. Q: and how long is the period for it to qualify? Well any period would qualify because at the present time there is no record. The record is vacant.
    alright judy, you are go.
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    Q: Is this your first world record? Yes, yes it's a first world record! This is everyones not just my world record this is everyones.
    we'll synchronize all the cameras, check the timing and go through that process and then submit the paperwork. Q: and this has never been done before as far as officially certified? No, that's correct.Pretty exciting moment!


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  • Gamera - Human Powered Helicopter 50 Second Flight

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's Gamera II human-powered helicopter student engineering team has set a new, as yet unofficial, flight duration record of some 50 seconds, and in the process drawn new attention from the media, including this powerful piece in the Atlantic: Also However, the Clark School of Engineering team has its sights set higher. They are seeking to conquer one of the last great aviation challenges, the American Helicopter Society's 30-year-old Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, and to win its $250,000 prize.

    To do this the team's Gamera II helicopter, powered solely by the strength of one of its pilots, must reach a highest altitude of at least 3 meters, stay airborne for at least 1 minute and remain within a 10 meter by 10 meter square. See and read more about UMD's flight toward history.The University of Maryland's Gamera II human-powered helicopter student engineering team has set a new, as yet unofficial, flight duration record of some 40 seconds, and in the process drawn new attention from the media, including this powerful piece in the Atlantic. However, the Clark School of Engineering team has its sights set higher. They are seeking to conquer one of the last great aviation challenges, the American Helicopter Society's 30-year-old Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, and to win its $250,000 prize.

    To do this the team's Gamera II helicopter, powered solely by the strength of one of its pilots, must reach a highest altitude of at least 3 meters, stay airborne for at least 1 minute and remain within a 10 meter by 10 meter square. See and read more about UMD's flight toward history.

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  • Human chopper tries to break world record

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    A University of Maryland team is trying to win a $250,000 prize with its human-powered helicopter. The team also holds the world record for altitude and duration.

  • 17 Second Controlled Flight of Atlas

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    On September 3rd, Atlas demonstrated the first controlled, non-tethered, flight of a human-powered helicopter. The flight lasted a total of 17 seconds, during which the drift of the helicopter was controlled by the pilot through the actuation of control surfaces on the tips of the rotors. Atlas became the forth human-powered helicopter in history to achieve free-flight, and the first to do so with active controls.
    Atlas was designed and built by AeroVelo in collaboration with the University of Toronto Human-Powered Vehicle Design team, with the goal of capturing the American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize. To capture the prize the team must sustain flight for 1 minute, momentarily reach an altitude of 3 metres and demonstrate controlled flight by staying within a 10 x 10 metre box.

  • Human-Powered Helicopter -- Testing for a World Record

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    The University of Toronto is home to AeroVelo, a student co-op that creates HP record attempt vehicles. One thing I like in this vid is when the props start spinning and transform into lift-mode: you can see them arch up and look like they're flying. --They are! Just a little faster and this baby will be a winner! I also like how the team members choreograph their launch sequence, running out of the way of the props in synch. This team made the first-ever successful Ornithopter (find the YT vid for it -- its another gorgeous moment when it starts doing its unique thing). Now they're attempting to win the $250K Sikorsky prize for the first HP helicopter that gets 3 meters off the ground for 1 minute. Their HPH is homemade of string, saranwrap and carbon fiber. Weighs 120 lbs. This vid is made of two clips. At 19 secs there's a break to a second clip: see the bike shift a couple feet to the rear -- the HPH got an inch or so off the ground. (The horns announce starts and stops and maybe also indicate that trouble was detected.)

  • Sensordrone and Atlas: the Human Powered Helicopter! - Nerdfunder #2

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    Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are massive, and getting MASSIVE...er. But how do you find the perfect project to invest in amongst tens of thousands? Kim Horcher and John Iadarola are here to guide your dollars with nerdFunder, a weekly guide to the most exciting crowdfunding opportunities on the web.

    In nerdFunder #2 we've got the Sensordrone, which will turn your iPhone into a Star Trek style tricorder. Packed with sensors and measuring devices for pretty much every need, any sci-fi enthusiast will want to take a look at this. We're also taking a look at Atlas, the human powered helicopter, which aims to break historic records for human flight. Or produce a series of epic youtube slow speed crash videos. I'll take either.

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    First attempt at human powered flight!!

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  • Project Summary Gamera Human Powered Helicopter

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  • MAMMAL March Madness! | SKUNK BEAR

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    A team of evolutionary biologists pick a bunch of animals to enter a tournament, and then imagine who would win each match-up based on SCIENCE.
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    W. Alan Baker,

    Additional mongoose photo: Miika Silfverberg,

    Guy Fieri: Eric Liesse

    Wiz Khalifa: The Come Up Show,

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