Tue, Apr 30, 2013
Another Flight Over The Weekend Falls Two Seconds Short
University of Maryland engineering students are still doggedly working to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for human-powered helicopter flight, making another attempt over the weekend that fell just short of the 60 second flight needed to claim the prize.
The Associated Press reports that the students flew the Gamera II human-powered helicopter for 58 seconds on Sunday. It was not reported how high the aircraft got off the floor of a sports complex in Prince George's County, MD. To claim the prize, the aircraft must reach an altitude of at least 10 feet in a flight that lasts at least 60 seconds. The aircraft must also stay within a 10 meter box, demonstrating controllability.
The Gamera II team has in previous attempts managed to keep the aircraft aloft for longer than one minute. Last year, the aircraft flew for 65 seconds, but fell short of the altitude benchmark, managing only 9.4 feet.
University officials said that the aircraft was slightly damaged in an attempt early in the weekend, but was repaired in time for a Sunday attempt.
A Canadian team is also actively pursuing the prize, which was created in 1980.
(Image from file)
Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]
A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Wese>[...]
AD NUMBER: 2014-21-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes>[...]
AD NUMBER: 2014-21-10 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.>[...]
Ex-MACs This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.>[...]