Human-powered Helicopter: Gamera II Helicopter Sets New World Record (Video)

By on Jun 27, 2012 in Education, United States, World Comments

A human-powered helicopter, named Gamera II, developed by a team of students from the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering reportedly set a new unofficial record for the longest flight time.

Gamera II, powered by the pilot’s arms and legs, was lifted from the ground for 50 seconds and reached an estimated height of four feet. Kyle Gluesenkamp is Gamera II‘s pilot.



Human-powered helicopter Gamera II registered a 50-second flight time.
Video Credit: TeamGameraHPH / YouTube

The 76 pounds Gamera II was constructed at the Alfred Gessow Rotocraft Center using carbon fiber, balsa wood and foam. The helicopter has four rotor blades, and measures 105 feet across.

Professor Inderjit Chopra, the helicopter project advisor, said that his team is aiming to set a new flight record of 60-seconds and reach a height of nearly 10 feet by August.

If Chopra‘s team will be able to achieve the feat, they will win the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition and will receive a $250,000 prize from the American Helicopter Society.



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