October 20, 2012

“Human-powered helicopters are hard to build”

NPR has put together interesting proof that human-powered helicopters are hard to build: Kottke writes,

A team at the University of Maryland are building a human-powered helicopter in an attempt to win the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. To win the $250,000 prize, the helicopter must fly for 60 seconds, reach a momentary altitude of 3 meters, and stay within a 10 meter square. This is surprisingly difficult.

I’d call it unsurprisingly difficult!

Posted by John Nack at 8:11 AM on October 20, 2012


  • Brad — 4:55 PM on October 20, 2012

    They need a really strong cyclist, put him in a standard cycling position, and get rid of the hand crank, replacing it with hand steering controls.

  • Gilbert — 4:16 AM on October 22, 2012

    Human powered?
    Yeah, Its unsuprisingly difficult to do that even if it just for 60 seconds. Much has to be done.
    Cheers Johny.

  • Pedro Estarque — 2:53 PM on October 22, 2012

    Da Vinci would have been proud.

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