Gamera II Human-Powered Helicopter Claims New Record
Gamera II pilot Colin Gore pedals furiously during a flight attempt on June 20. (Photo by Earl Zubkoff, Essential Eye Photographics)
June 21, 2012 - If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, the Gamera II human-powered helicopter team created by students at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set a new flight duration record of 35 seconds on Wednesday, June 20, beating the team's previous record of 11.4 seconds set last July.
Piloted by graduate student Colin Gore, the new Gamera II is a more streamlined version of the original Gamera, with an improved flight deck, transmission, and rotor design.
The Gamera II team goal is to win the $250,000 American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition this summer. To win the prize, a helicopter must be fully human-powered, hover for at least 60 seconds, attain a height of 3 meters at some point, and stay within a 10-square-meter range during the flight.
The Clark School will live stream future test flight videos on the Gamera II website as the team works to win the Sikorsky Prize.