Gallery: Human-Powered Gamera Helicopter Breaks World Record!


Back in May we introduced you to a group of students from the University of Maryland who designed an amazing human-powered helicopter call the Gamera. The team’s ultimate goal is to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize, and while they have yet to achieve that, their path to the prize is now littered with several broken records. Just yesterday, they announced that pilot and biology student Judy Wexler broke the national record for longest human-powered flight while simultaneously setting the world record for the longest human-powered flight by a woman.

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  1. minus_wit_humor August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    As a fellow turtle alum, I can only say Go Terps! You make us proud!

  2. Zeppflyer August 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    You’re correct that a person can normally get more power in the standard position (as with most other human powered aircraft), but I’d think that with this barely buoyant helicopter, the violent up and down motion of a cyclist would both keep it from ever getting off of the ground and snap that ultra light framework.

  3. miltowny August 10, 2011 at 2:25 am

    The recumbent position is not ideal for high torque situations. They should switch it to a traditional upright position if possible.I would bet that even without the hand pedas, it would provide more wattage than the current set-up.

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