Gallery: AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the...


The Atlas helicopter, designed and built by Canadian team AeroVelo, might be the first human-powered helicopter to reach a height of three meters for at least 60 seconds—two key parameters for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize. The competition to build a human-powered helicopter was established in 1980, and it has not yet been won. Aerovelo’s helicopter hit precisely 3.3 meters and maintained flight for 65 seconds last Thursday, a result which could bring it the much coveted prize. The team submitted all the flight data and is awaiting the committee’s official review and validation.

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  1. evanjreds February 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    It is exactly that, a fan. It is just a very large fan due to the size of the building. Indoor arenas and water parks often use them. The ceiling fan in your room won’t do much in a large space like that.

  2. mkitty June 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    What is the fan-like thing in the top left of the picture 1/5?

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