UMD sets record for human-powered helicopter flight (video)
Fifty engineering students from the University of Maryland have made yet another record-setting flight in their human-powered helicopter. But temper your expectations for the video below.
In May, the team of 50 from the Clark School of Engineering set the world record for a 4.2-second flight, which doesn't seem that long. This time, they managed a 12.4 second flight, which is slightly more impressive, considering that they created what looks to be the first flying erector set:
The ultimate goal for the Clark team is to win the Sikorsky Prize, a $250,000 award for the first human-powered helicopter to hover 3 meters above the ground for 60 seconds while staying in an area of only 10 square meters — in other words, a helicopter designed to go nowhere. No wonder the challenge, created in 1980, has yet to be met.
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