Clark School Team To Test Human-Powered Helicopter | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Holiday

Airborne-Unlimited-02.20.24

Airborne-Unlimited-02.14.24 Airborne-AffordableFlyers-02.15.24

Airborne-Unlimited-02.16.24

Fri, May 06, 2011

Clark School Team To Test Human-Powered Helicopter

Engineering Students In The Hunt For The Sikorsky Prize

In a step toward winning the Sikorsky Prize, a team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students will attempt for the first time to test-fly their human-powered helicopter, called Gamera. Gamera has a rotor at each of the four ends of its X-shaped frame, with the pilot's module suspended at the middle.  Each crossbar of the frame is 60 feet long, and each rotor is 42 feet in diameter. Through the use of balsa, foam, mylar, carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, the entire vehicle weighs only 210 pounds, including the student pilot. All power comes from a combination of hand and foot pedaling.  If Gamera makes it off the ground, the team has the potential to capture a world record for human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilot on board.

The team is made up of more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students led by faculty advisors V.T. Nagaraj, Inderjit Chopra and Darryll Pines (dean of the Clark School). The pilot for the tests is University of Maryland life sciences graduate student Judy Wexler. The Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in the Clark School is one of the nation's top rotorcraft research institutions.

The vehicle will be tested between 0900 and 1200 EDT on Wednesday, May 11, at the Comcast Center Auxiliary Gym, University of Maryland in College Park.

The team has been working for two years to compete for the Sikorsky Prize, run by the American Helicopter Society (AHS). The Clark School team is the only team currently sanctioned by the AHS for making an official attempt.  No team has succeeded since the prize was first offered in 1980.

FMI: www.umd.edu

Advertisement

More News

GAMA Sees 3.6% Rise in Aircraft Shipments

2023 Report Paints Picture of Healthy Enough Industry Cooling Off from 2021 High The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) showed that business is doing all right, with>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.24): Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO]

Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO] For IFR flights, the estimated time required from takeoff to arrive over that designated point, defined by reference to navigation aids, from wh>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.24)

Aero Linx: American Astronautical Society (AAS) The American Astronautical Society leads and advances the discussion around space. Since 1954, AAS has been the premier network of c>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.24)

Aero Linx: International Auster Club Welcome to The International Auster Club... The oldest specific aircraft type club in the United Kingdom and possibly in the world. There are c>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.24): VFR Not Recommended

VFR Not Recommended An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recomme>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC