What was once thought to be an impossible prize to win has now been claimed some 33 years later, as a Kickstarter-funded project has successfully created a human-powered helicopter.
The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition was introduced in 1980 by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, and challenged engineers to come up with a design and actually to create an entirely human-powered helicopter.
Aerovelo, the Canadian team of Todd Reichart and Cameron Robertson, was able to create the helicopter and had it fly for over a minute.
The Sikorsky Prize has been seemingly unattainable for over 30 years, with many thinking it would never be won, and that its $250,000 prize would remain unclaimed.
The duo of Reichart and Robertson managed to have the flight that Reichart piloted certified on June 13.
The aircraft utilized elements of a bicycle to propel it in the air.
The requirements for winning the Sikorsky Prize specify that the aircraft must remain in the air for 60 seconds, must rise to an altitude of three meters (approximately ten feet) and must remain hover in a horizontal area no bigger than ten meters by ten meters (33 feet by 33 feet).
The flight of Aerovelo’s aircraft lasted 64 seconds and reached an altitude of 3.3 meters.
The flight was completed at an indoor soccer field in Toronto.
Check out the video of the unprecedented flight below!
Via Popular Mechanics